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Download Elvis Presley Audiobook (Unabridged)

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PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Bobbie Ann Mason turns her acumen on one of 20th-century America's most mysterious icons, The King himself. This new biography eschews sensational speculation to paint a thoughtfully researched but wholly felt portrait of the man-child, simultaneously naive and shrewd, who metamorphosed into a hero, one of the most popular and least supported characters in American history.

In 1955, at age 20, Elvis provoked his first near-riot when he sang at a baseball park in Jacksonville. Inspired by black gospel quartets and mentored by producer Sam Phillips, Elvis blended hillbilly music with rhythm and blues in a synthesis that defined a new direction for popular music. Mason's book gets at the consciousness of the icon and of the cultural climate that made him one.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan | 11/16/2013

    " Wonderful examination of a woefully misunderstood life and a true American tragedy by a good novelist. References the Guralnick book heavily, which I've been told is just amazing. Very engaging read, if only to understand the phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 4/26/2013

    " A great little biography of Elvis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindsey | 1/30/2013

    " I'm reading this FOR SCHOOL. Yeah, I think it's cool too. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbe | 7/18/2011

    " Bobbie Ann Mason was the perfect person to write this small "Penguin Lives" biography of Elvis. She obviously is a fan but she didn't shy away from the foibles. A good book to read in celebration of his 75th birthday "

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About the Author
Author Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason is a bestselling author, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award, and PEN/Faulkner Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky.