Bruce Springsteen, "The Boss", has been making music that I love for a long time. I started listening to him back when most people did in '84 when "Born in the USA" came out (ok it was a little later for me). Suffice to say when I saw this on Audible I knew I had to listen. As many of you know I'm also a sucker for when an author reads his own book, especially when it's an autobiography.
I'll say right off, I loved this book. Sure it has flaws but it's easy to overlook when you listen to Bruce talk, he's an amazing storyteller, has a good speaking voice, and can be really funny at times.
One of the amazing parts was for someone who grew up in the 60's, he never did drugs and never even touched alcohol until he was 22. What this means is that his memory is incredible and he can provide so many vivid details from his life that it really draws you into his life story.
I laughed out loud several times (often just that in one chapter) and he truly has some amazing stories, that are all true! I do, however, have some issues with it. I suppose that while I do love his music I am mostly a fan of the 80s to now. His early stuff (Born in the USA is actually his seventh album!) doesn't have much appeal to me and a lot more of the book is focused on it than needs to be.
Also, I think that it is a little too long, has some repetition, and suffers from an author who wants to show off his vocabulary using, long descriptive and obscure words, when shorter ones would have sufficed.
Those things said I loved learning about where he got ideas for many of his famous songs, what his childhood, teenage, and early adult life was like. His relationship with his father is somehow sad, happy, strained, weird, and ultimately emotionally gripping. I'll admit that as someone who has lost his dad, when an author can really capture a father/son relationship and describe well how their dad died...well it gives me the feels and certainly makes for great listening/reading.
As with other authors his sprinkles in his own music throughout the book at just the right moments (Which I loved!), is very open with his own struggles with mental health, relationships, marriages and being a father, that you have to admire his honesty and bravery.
One of the other things that annoyed me is that he never explains why he's called "The Boss" (you'll have to google it as I did). I know it's only a nickname but when you get into how you didn't know Courtney Cox was an actress in your video, then certainly you're into little details and your famous nickname should be in there.
All that said I found this to be a great listen. I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10 and would highly recommend it to any Bruce fan, or just anyone who enjoys a good autobiography. Lots of coarse language, references to drugs, sex, and violence, so I would say ages 16+. After listening to this it makes me want to see him all the more in concert, I really hope I do before he retires for good.