Beastie Boys Book Audiobook, by Adam Horovitz Play Audiobook Sample

Beastie Boys Book Audiobook

Beastie Boys Book Audiobook, by Adam Horovitz Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Various , Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond, various narrators Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781984828217

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Longest Chapter Length:

34:06 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:07 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

07:36 minutes

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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.   The inspiration for the Spike Jonze “live documentary” Beastie Boys Story, coming soon to IMAX theaters and Apple TV+ NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone • The Guardian • Paste   Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.   With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir, featuring a collection of voices reminiscent of your favorite mixtape. Photo Credit © 1987 Lynn Goldsmith  Audiobook Cast Includes: Steve Buscemi / Ada Calhoun / Bobby Cannavale / Exene Cervenka Roy Choi / Jarvis Cocker / Elvis Costello / Chuck D / Nadia Dajani Michael Diamond / Snoop Dogg / Will Ferrell / Crosby Fitzgerald Randy Gardner / Kim Gordon / Josh Hamilton / Adam Horovitz LL Cool J / Spike Jonze / Pat Kiernan / Talib Kweli / Dave Macklovitch Rachel Maddow / Tim Meadows / Bette Midler/ Mix Master Mike Nas / Yoshimi O / Rosie Perez / Amy Poehler / Kelly Reichardt John C. Reilly / Ian Rogers / Maya Rudolph / Rev Run Luc Sante / Kate Schellenbach / MC Serch / Chloe Sevigny Jon Stewart / Ben Stiller / Wanda Sykes / Jeff Tweedy / Philippe Zdar Praise for Beastie Boys Book “A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”The New York Times Book Review “Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”Rolling Stone

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“You already know that Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz are great storytellers—it’s what makes their music great…So you can only imagine how much more fun it is to hear them—and a star-studded cast of their friends—recount their stories as an audiobook…The Beastie Boys have made a brilliant thirteen-hour radio play…You haven’t truly listened to an audiobook until you’ve heard a rap legend holler, ‘All rights reseeeerrved.”

— Rolling Stone (audio review) 


  • “It’s a party, a history, a backstage/backseat/basement eavesdrop, and an elegy. Music punctuates the recording with more than forty voices, mimicking a ‘fly on the wall’ party vibe.”

    — Booklist (starred audio review)
  • “The Beastie Boys have created a book, and it is preposterous.”

    — A. V. Club
  • “A rambling and unruly stream-of-consciousness trip through more than three decades of uncensored memories—records, rashes, tours, graphic novels, and playlists. Madonna’s here, as is Guns N’ Roses, Dolly Parton, Johnny Ryall and the Egg Man…Overall it’s a box full of love letters to fans, founding member Adam Yauch, the early days of hip-hop, and dirty old New York. It’s a book that can’t, won’t stop giving.”



  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in Biographies of Artists, Authors & Musicians
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • The Rolling Stone magazine pick for Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2018's Top Audiobooks
  • A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

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About the Narrators

Benedict Cumberbatch is a British screen actor best known for his role in the BBC television show Sherlock. He has also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, such as War Horse, The Hobbit, The Fifth Estate, and Star Trek: Into the Darkness. He has won several stage and screen acting awards, including the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor and is an Earphones Award-winning narrator.

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.