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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lesley-Ann Jones Narrator: Jane Collingwood Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781442357488
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As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering façade.

Now, more than twenty years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock ’n’ roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones gained unprecedented access to Mercury’s tribe, and she details Queen’s slow but steady rise to fame and Mercury’s descent into dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses— this was, after all, a man who once declared, “Darling, I’m doing everything with everyone.”

In her journey to understand Mercury, Jones traveled to London, Zanzibar, and India—talking with everyone from Mercury’s closest friends to the sound engineer at Band Aid (who was responsible for making Queen even louder than the other bands) to second cousins halfway around the world. In the process, an intimate and complicated portrait emerges. Meticulously researched, sympathetic yet not sensational, Mercury offers an unvarnished look at the extreme highs and lows of life in the fast lane. At the heart of this story is a man—and the music he loved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jones documents the band's rise to international superstardom and digs deep into Mercury’s past via 100 new interviews with those closest to Mercury…A must-read for any Mercury, Queen or rock fan…a truly intimate portrait.”

    Hollywood Reporter

  • Mercury goes beyond the glittering façade to get an unvarnished look at Queen’s rise to fame, the loves of Mercury’s life and his fraught relationship with his conservative past, creating a complete portrait of this magnetic musician.”

    MetroSource

  • “In Mercury, Lesley-Ann has gone out of her way to make sure the full array of Freddie is captured in the book with honesty, accuracy and impartiality. You get the good and the bad, just like Freddie wanted.”

    High Voltage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book. Great read for all rock nerds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inge | 2/12/2014

    " Iets te veel opdreunen van feiten, namen en gebeurtenissen, maar zonder meer een boeiend verhaal over een boeiend icoon uit de rock/pop-geschiedenis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Townsend | 2/10/2014

    " A little hard to keep track of dates and a lot of names to remember, but otherwise a brilliant book and a very touching account of Freddie's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Leggett | 2/1/2014

    " Lesley-Ann Jones wrote a thoughtful, engrossing book about Freddie. Highly interesting were the sections about Freddie and Barbara Valentin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 1/18/2014

    " interesting new biography of the lead singer of queen by interviewing members of the band and people who knew the man and also from old interviews from freddie mercury himself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Campbell | 1/14/2014

    " Wanted to know more about Freddie Mercury, and this book satisfied that demand. Very little insight as to his musical genius, though. Most of the book is made of up quotations and accounts of the varying relationships Mr. Mercury carried on and maintained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/8/2014

    " Great read, but VERY detailed so I skimmed some parts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margarita | 12/31/2013

    " A well written biography on Freddie Mercury that spans his life/career without being sensationalistic or gossipy. A pretty well rounded depiction of his persona with great insights from many who were close to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 12/6/2013

    " I wanted to love this book. But the writing style of the author prohibited it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 10/21/2013

    " Was able to get my hands on this yesterday at my local Barnes and Noble and it is the best biography about Freddie Mercury to date! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/16/2013

    " Superbly written and provides fascinating insight to the man and the band. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariam G | 8/27/2013

    " Great Man, Great Artist, Great Voice... Sad Ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra Clifford | 1/10/2013

    " I love Queen, but didn't know too much about them. Very interesting life Freddie lead. I was surprised by most of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/27/2012

    " A fascinating, richly detailed biography on Freddie Mercury. If you've even been a fan of Queen, or Freddie Mercury, this is a must read with a lot of small tidbits about both that I bet you never knew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 10/2/2012

    " An interesting biography about an interesting musical icon who had an interesting life. A must read for Queen fans. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walter Harvey | 8/13/2012

    " Felt like a casual acquaintance posing as an intimate. Also, considering there were so many people quoted in the text, some source notes would be expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Kastigar | 7/16/2012

    " So-so biography. There was very little new information, and way too much of the author's thoughts, emotions, etc. I would've preferred more of Freddie, less of Lesley-Ann. As it is, a quick, fluffy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 7/7/2012

    " How could anyone go wrong when the subject of their book is the charismatic Freddie Mercury? Tears in the eyes when the end of his life came - have recommended it to many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 6/28/2012

    " An insightful, completely engrossing portrait of the Queen frontman and quintessential rock star. "

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About the Narrator

Jane Collingwood is an actress and voice-over artist. Her audiobook narrations include Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones, The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, and the Bannon and Clare series by Lilith Saintcrow.