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A Natural Woman: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Carole King
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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'If you've ever wanted to walk alongside a world class musician ... this is your starting point ... well worth the read. Just be wary not to be found singing too loudly, too badly and in public -- Cerys Matthews The Times I read her memoir exclaiming, 'Oh, did she write that?' again and again Daily Mail King's story is a valuable addition to the story of American rock and pop Sunday Express What a memoir, intelligent, honest, self-effacing, well-written Independent

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The life that inspired Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.

Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful #1 album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife and present-day activist. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend.

The book includes dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5290 KB
  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844088863
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S8O7YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An untypical rock and roll tale Aug. 7 2012
Carole King needs no introduction, except maybe to those young enough to be tricked into considering Katy Perry as an accomplished songwriter. A music legend in spite of her reluctance towards fame, Carole has finally decided to let her fans find out about her life in "A Natural Woman: A Memoir". And although this autobiography doesn't always allow you close enough to gain a new understanding of her music, it certainly allows the readers to get to know her a little better.

The book briefly describes King's childhood, then moves on to her untypical ascension as one of the very few successful female songwriters and her eventual popularity as a recording artist in her own right. Although her marriages and family life form the core of the book, King provides stories about her extraordinary career and the friendships she has forged with some of her peers over the years. One of the most interesting elements of this book is that King has witnessed each decade of rock's golden era, both musically and culturally, and she has some insightful stories to share about the times that shaped her life and her music. Her description of New York's social and cultural scene in the 50s, and the way record companies were literally willing to give anyone a fair chance to develop their talent, makes you long for those days when making music came from a genuine desire to create something new and revolutionary. She tells those stories with warmth, simplicity and humor, reflecting some of the essential traits that have made her music so appealing.

Still, for all of its qualities, one can't help but feel that "A Natural Woman" could have been better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Life... Jan. 6 2014
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating story of one of the greatest song writers of our times. Unfortunately the fact it is an auto biography seems to hurt it. There are many details and times in her life that seem to be glossed over. Especially when these times could contain some not too pleasant reflections on herself. Don't get me wrong....Carole gives plenty of "dirt" on her own life honestly and factually. I just think there are certain times in her life that I, as the reader, would have liked a fuller explanation. Its a good auto-biography but I think it could have been better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like?....not so much Aug. 16 2012
By Maxine
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like so many others of my generation, Carole King's "Tapestry" was the best of the best and years ago, living in a tiny basement apartment in Toronto, thought my vinyl record and stylus on the turntable were going to give out, as I played it continually!! What a singer, what a great songwriter - she embodied what I classed as amazing songs and lyrics at the time.

I'm afraid I was very disappointed unlike most of the reviewers here. I found the writing very child-like and was getting bored mid-way. Yes, I found snippets of her life that I didn't know but on the whole I found it focused WAY too much on Carole's relationships with men, that were for the most part physically and/or mentally abusive. These revelations took away from aspects of her personal and professional life that I would have like to have read.
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Carole King is a little before my time, but I've always liked her music. Her autobiography is well-written and enjoyable, but I wish I had gotten the audiobook instead. Apparently it's read by the author and is like a performance, with musical interludes and everything.

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Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook is best! June 26 2012
When I listened to Carole read and sing her memoir, it was like listening to my best friend speak on the phone. I was hooked from the beginning. Until this audiobook, I only knew her music. Now I call her my friend.
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