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  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611133637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611133639
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carole King had her first No. 1 hit in 1961, at age 18, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Collaborating with former husband Gerry Goffin, the team went on to write more than two dozen chart-toppers, including "One Fine Day", "The Loco-Motion", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and "(You Me Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." Her 1971 solo-album, Tapesty, won 4 Grammys, and earned her the record for longest time an album by a female artist has remained on the Billboard Charts (6 years), as well as the longest time holding the #1 position (15 consecutive weeks).

King, in addition to writing more than 100 top-selling songs has recorded 25 solo albums. In 2007 she and longtime collaborator James Taylor reunited and recorded Live at the Troubadour. Released in 2010 the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Troubadour Reunion Tour became the second highest grossing Tour of that year. She has won numerous lifetime achievement honors and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, "Hit Parade" Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Carole King continues to entertain audiences the world over. She released her most recent album in December, 2011, Carole King: A Holiday Carole, to rave reviews.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 7 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 6 2014
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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By Maxine on Aug. 16 2012
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By amosking on June 26 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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