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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,023 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carole King Narrator: Carole King Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611133622
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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 audiobook includes a bonus PDF of pictures, an original piano piece, a cappella performances, and a video conversation with the author are included.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia Gundlach | 2/15/2014

    " Frankly, I lost interest. It reads more as an account rather than really bringing the reader heart and soul into the world of Carole King. I do love her music and parts of the book give the reader a flavor of how she writes music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/14/2014

    " This is no literary masterpiece by any means, but if you grew up in the 50's and 60's and are a music lover, this is a great piece of nostalgia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/28/2014

    " This is a nice, easy read with several surprises because I didn't know much about Carole King until I'd read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/27/2014

    " Carole King was one of the illustrious singer-songwriters and musicians who emerged in California in the early 1970s, and she weaves tales of her extraordinary career in music with her personal experiences as a child in Brookln, a young songwriter, wife and mother, a naturalist and advocate. While the book could have used a good edit, as Ms. King notes when she compares herself with singing legends such as Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Barbra Streisand, it's an "honest, straight-from-the-heart interpretation." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/25/2014

    " Very good book. I love reading about how her life, songs & experiences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Smith | 1/18/2014

    " I much admire CK as a songwriter and performer. The harmonic architecture of her songs offer fertile fields for improvising counterharmonies in my head. I'm not sure I admire her as much for this memoir. It offered a few interesting details, was very personal, but had this weird, slightly anesthetized quality - prozac-like. While it made general references to the cultural history through which she passed, it lacked something - was kind of pedestrian. I found myself getting impatient with her. She probably could have benefited from co-authoring with a better writer. I enjoyed Ken Emerson's "Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era" and Sheila Weller's "Girls Like Us" better - they offered more interesting detail. This memoir was not nearly as good as Bob Dylan's memoir "Chronicles: Vol. 1", which poured forth that weird brilliance that is Dylan - chock full of interesting detail. Or Keith Richard's "Life". But even though her memoir was so-so, I'll always love Carole King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Addison-lamb | 1/14/2014

    " For heaven's sake, listen to the book. Carol King reads it and it is a wonderfully detailed memoir of one of mthe musicians that were the background of my life. She bursts into song when talking about the origins of a piece of music, giving the memoir a quality of a personal conversation. Ok, I zoned out through the recitations of all the musicians she worked with at every turn, but what else could she have done but name those who touched her and our lives. Hearing her story of being a battered woman was honest and helpful to all of us that struggled with love and betrayal. I hope she continues to illustrate my life right up to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Ford | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent - and more self aware than I expected after reading Girls like Us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/29/2013

    " Packed full of details, anecdotes,and insights of a musical era come and gone. I was disappointed that details of The Troubadour Reunion w/JT weren't included, but Ms. King will fill us in with her next book. To be continued... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Mckean | 12/20/2013

    " "It was okay" pretty much describes it. I'm now reading Girls Like Us, which is much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/18/2013

    " An intimate memoir, some stories we knew & others we did not. I appreciate her disclosure that she was a victim of domestic violence & her acknowledgement that it transcends all cultural, racial & socio-economic lines. It was like visiting with an old friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Slater | 12/8/2013

    " As a very big fan of Carole King I was anxious to read this book. It did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlamcgov | 9/26/2013

    " Oooh the memories it brought back....a wonderful woman and lady, so talented in so many ways, the gift of her music and the joy it still brings me the old and the new....thank you Carole for this book and everything else "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorali Wyant | 8/4/2013

    " This book is just, eh.... not too many details about the music, mostly about her life which is okay bot not too interesting.....guess I expected more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/13/2013

    " Interesting story of her life and career as an actress, prolific songwriter, and singer. I had not realized she had written so many other well-known songs that others had made famous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 5/21/2013

    " Not my favorite autobiography, but it is her story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/13/2013

    " What a musical trip down memory lane! This is basically a history of rock n roll! I learned so much about musicians and the music business, not to mention Carole herself. Recommended for any child of the 60s or 70s! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 6/25/2012

    " listened to audio book. C King should pay someone to read her text. wasn't impressed with this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 6/5/2012

    " I love well written memoirs and this is no exception! I've always loved Carole King's music. This book reveals fascinating things about her life and music. Highly recommended and I'm only half-way through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Palmira | 4/19/2012

    " Fascinating life, but at times too detailed. "

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About the Author
Author Carole King
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).