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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Turner, Steve Turner Narrator: Rex Linn Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455182817
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The legendary Johnny Cash’s remarkable story is captured in this exclusive authorized biography.

“The Master of Life’s been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where others saw oblivion…Life and love go on. Let the music play.”—Johnny Cash

One of the most influential figures in American music and pop culture, Johnny Cash is an icon to people of all ages. In Cash’s first-ever authorized biography, author Steve Turner sifts the man from the legend and presents a picture of the often contradictory figure with unflinching honesty.

A poor sharecropper’s son from Arkansas, Cash embarked in the 1950s on a music career that took him to the heights of fame and wealth but also to the depths of addiction and despair. From these tensions Johnny Cash created a haunting music, exploring the dark side of himself, and others, in a voice that sometimes sounded as old as the Grand Canyon.

The Man Called Cash chronicles his career, his love for June Carter Cash, his struggles, and his triumphs. Johnny Cash put his soul into his music, drawing on his demons, his faith, his pain, and his joy to become, to many, the voice of truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnny Cash was unquestionably one of the most gifted and unusual men I ever knew. My wife Ruth and I considered Johnny and June two of our dearest friends, and we miss them both deeply. In this highly readable biography, Steve Turner vividly captures the remarkable story of Johnny’s life, from beginning to end—a life marked by repeated struggles and successes. Most of all, it was a life marked by great faith in Jesus Christ—a faith that carried him through difficulties that would have overwhelmed a lesser person. Johnny Cash comes alive in this book, and you will be a better person for having read it.”

    Billy Graham

  • “In what may be the most admirable of its many achievements, it’s as good as Cash deserves.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “An affecting mosaic of oral history, poetry and memoir—concerning Cash himself, but also the era in which his music took root and thrived.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnny Cash’s storytelling songs, revealing a mix of faith and worldly temptations, have a power that has spanned generations, influencing both rock and country musicians. Rex Linn does a good job reading this often-compelling biography…an interesting portrait of the man behind the music.”

    AudioFile

  • “Linn’s deep, gravelly voice, which mirrors Cash’s own voice, is perfect for the narration…For Cash fans and fans of country and rock music, this will have great appeal.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 2/15/2014

    " I became a fan of Johnny Cash after reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/4/2014

    " I had downloaded this audiobook for a car ride with Tom as he is a big Cash fan but we never listened. I really enjoyed this book, did not know a lot about his early history, only about the big pieces. His spirituality and how he helped mentor others in both religious & music were major themes. I also liked how all the children were considered children not step, half, etc. by both June & Johnny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dot | 2/3/2014

    " I am generally not a reader of biographies, but was drawn to this one by circumstance and found it to be a touching portrait of the artist as much more that a drug using country western singer, but rather a complex and genuine human being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 1/31/2014

    " Good book, but more detail than I needed. Still, it is a comprehensive biography for anyone who needs or wants one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/29/2014

    " Of course Cash's life is very interesting to read about, but this book is rather poorly written and edited. If you are going to read about his life I would probably recommend one of his other biographies or autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 1/21/2014

    " I adore Johnny Cash and loved reading this book. It was great to hear how he started, where he came from, his inspirations...etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/10/2014

    " Not the most entertaining read due to author's relentless attention to detail but Cash's life story is a drama worth reading for sure. If you want to know all you can about the highs and lows of his life then look no further but there may be a punchier version out there somewhere... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/27/2013

    " Well written, an interesting man, bot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Collins | 12/16/2013

    " Great book about Johnny Cash - I thought it was a balanced account about a man with almost as many failings as he had gifts and talents. In my opinion a redemptive story about an artist who wrestled with his faith, his demons and his desire to keep his integrity. I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Keathley | 12/8/2013

    " This is one of the better biographies I have read. Cash was and still is a God in so many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan | 11/12/2013

    " Fascinating portrait and consistently heartbreaking yet inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/10/2013

    " If you liked "Walk the Line" and love the Man in Black, this bio is one of the best on Cash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 10/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this bio! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie Dechant | 8/6/2013

    " Grew up listening to his music, reading this gave me insight to the man that I never knew beside the music and the media. Reading this book gave me insight to the real man and his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nalora | 11/21/2012

    " As interesting as the subject matter was, I expected the book to be more exciting. It was more akin to reading the book of Numbers in the Bible. The style or writing was more fact driven than prose, and I barely draggged myself through the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari Brandt | 8/19/2012

    " Started slow but it was decent. I would have loved to listen to this book as a documentary with snippets of music put in and things like that. I really loved hearing the names of other famous musicians pop up in the narritive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/18/2012

    " After listening to this book I know one thing for certain, if I could ever bring myself to believe in a God it would be the same God which held Johnny Cash's belief his entire life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 5/5/2012

    " Probably a better book than I'm giving it credit for, but since I've never been an avid Cash fan the details were a bit grueling for me. Still, I thought it was worth reading about this intriguing life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellis | 3/7/2012

    " I love Johnny Cash and I thought this was a good biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 1/19/2012

    " Seems that the author spent a lot of time going back to Cash's other authorized autobiography and comparing notes. I didn't enjoy that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/7/2011

    " Great to read about country music great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BL | 8/13/2011

    " What an amazing and often tormented life Johnny Cash had. Underneath it all he truly was a man of faith and it plays a huge part in his life's story. This was a good read about Cash and gave me a new interest in him and the songs he wrote. It made me wish I could have known him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 6/10/2011

    " I love Johnny Cash even more after reading this book. It goes into detail of the inner thoughts of Cash - what and who he loved, his music and his faith. Really inspiring! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 6/8/2011

    " Cash is a fascinating man -- more fascinating than this book would lead you to believe. I expected an "official" biography to gloss over the less savory aspects of his life, and this one does, but it doesn't really delve deep into any aspect of his life. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/27/2011

    " Wonderful biography. Reading it in conjunction with ReChurch. Gives me a new perspective on grace and putting people up on a pedestal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/11/2011

    " If you love the man & his music this book is fantastic. Turner covers Cash's struggles with love, drugs, faith and God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/8/2010

    " Richly detailed account of an American icon with much more depth than I had ever thought.Johnny Cash was more than just another country singer and this book peels back the layers like on an onion, revealing more and more about a multi-faceted man. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 3/26/2010

    " This is one of the better biographies I have read. Cash was and still is a God in so many ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marrble | 8/27/2009

    " Dates & places of personal apperances and song releases were hard for me to get through. I enjoyed a look into this American icon's personal life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/1/2009

    " Cash is a fascinating man -- more fascinating than this book would lead you to believe. I expected an "official" biography to gloss over the less savory aspects of his life, and this one does, but it doesn't really delve deep into any aspect of his life. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/16/2008

    " Well written, an interesting man, bot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 8/27/2008

    " I recommend the audiobook, narrated by Kris Kristofferson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 7/26/2008

    " Probably a better book than I'm giving it credit for, but since I've never been an avid Cash fan the details were a bit grueling for me. Still, I thought it was worth reading about this intriguing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 7/25/2008

    " Started slow but it was decent. I would have loved to listen to this book as a documentary with snippets of music put in and things like that. I really loved hearing the names of other famous musicians pop up in the narritive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan | 7/1/2008

    " Fascinating portrait and consistently heartbreaking yet inspiring. "

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About the Author

Steve Turner is the author of A Hard Day’s Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles’ Song, and biographies of Jack Kerouac, Marvin Gaye, and Van Morrison. He has written on music and aspects of popular culture for many publications, including the Times (London), Mojo, and Rolling Stone. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Rex Linn, Audie Award–winning narrator, is a film and television actor best known as Frank Tripp in the television series CSI: Miami.