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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clay Aiken Narrator: Clay Aiken Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780739318997
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When he was a kid singing in his church choir, Clay Aiken never dreamed of becoming a pop music star. His ambition was to be a teacher, maybe even a high school principal. But Clay’s mother was right, and the music that was Clay’s joy in life was destined to lead him to unexpected triumphs.

In Learning to Sing, Clay details what his astonishing success has meant to him. He writes from the heart about his life before and since his instant stardom on American Idol, how he has changed, and how he struggles to adapt to life in the public eye. He speaks candidly about his lonely childhood: the father who abandoned him, the school bullies who tormented him, the mother who taught him to be strong, and the friends and teachers who–more than they ever knew–kept him going. He describes his new high-profile life in Los Angeles– the awards shows, the free clothes, the unfortunate presence of avocado on all the food. More significant, he reveals what he has discovered from diving into the white-hot center of pop culture: what it takes for him to stay true to himself and remember the lessons he learned growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clay shares his struggle to remain a man his mother can be proud of, and writes about the faith that sustains him today just as it did when he was an awkward, unpopular outsider. “I believe God has a direction for me. He did not give me this life just so I could buy a big house and an SUV. My job is to give back and to be a decent human being no matter how many people cheer my name.”

Clay’s friends–the old ones from North Carolina and the millions of new ones who love his voice–will hold this inspiring memoir as close to their hearts as they do his music. Learning to Sing reminds you that anything is possible. Like a perfect song, it will send your spirit soaring.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Sydnam | 10/10/2013

    " I found this book to be fairly boring. Somewhat interesting yet...boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donalyn | 2/23/2013

    " One of my students, a huge Clay Aiken fan, begged me to read this. I could have lived without it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shalla | 1/24/2013

    " fantastic! Clay shows us into his life, and what brought him to where he is today, and the lessons that he has learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/30/2012

    " Have loved Clay Aiken since he was on IDOL a few years back! This books is really great if you want to learn about him....I recently re-read it again and enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/22/2012

    " Hey! What's not to like about Clay Aiken? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/14/2012

    " Written before he came out as gay. Small amt of American Idol references, book was really about his early life. Very frank, a little choppy, but easy to read. I'm not that familiar with his singing but would like to hear more after reading his book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 8/8/2011

    " This book is amazing! Clay has overcome so much in his life and everything has made him who he is. He has such a great outlook on life and never thinks negitive. This book is a great uplift and everyone should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 7/1/2011

    " I had to read this because I like him so much, but after learning about his life, I really like him. You might too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/2/2009

    " Definite read for any Clay Aiken fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sahar | 6/27/2007

    " I used to be a hardcore "Claymate," so naturally, I love this book. It's an autobiography and what a life Clay had. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you love love love him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/22/2007

    " I read this book in like two days. I love Clay, and I loved hearing his story even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/2/2006

    " I am a big Clay fan. Even bigger after I read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 12/21/2005

    " Overall the book was alright. It gave some interesting information on Clay Aiken but, as with most "autobiographical" books on individuals far too young to pen an autobiography, it was deep in all the wrong places. I'm glad that I've read the book because I enjoy the performer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Harrington | 6/21/2005

    " If you like Clay Aiken and are a fan you probably will like it. It is a light fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina DeJong | 3/19/2005

    " I liked him on idol and the book was good. "

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About the Author
Author Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken was one of the two finalists in the 2003 American Idol season, and is undoubtedly the biggest star to emerge from that hit show. Aiken’s debut album, Measure of a Man, hit number one on the Billboard 200 in October 2003, selling over six hundred thousand copies during its first week. Aiken’s single “This Is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the 2003 Billboard Music Award for Bestselling Single. He was honored as the Fan’s Choice winner at the 2003 American Music Awards. Also in 2003, People magazine named the North Carolina crooner one of its Top Entertainers of the Year and one of its Sexiest Men Alive, and he became TV Guide’ s Fan’s Favorite Reality Star.