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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alina Simone Narrator: Alina Simone Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on You Must Go and Win: Her stories are funny, heartwarming, tragic - often all at the same time. Her subjects, whether music, religion, Russia, or family, are conjured and dissected with warm humor and sharp eyes. Probably it's a really good thing she never became an international rock star; she wouldn't have written this if she had.... This is her first audiobook, and she reads it as well as she writes.

In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights into the burdens of family expectations and the nature of ambition, the temptations of religion, and the lure of a mythical Russian home.

Wavering between embracing and fleeing her outsized and nebulous dreams of stardom, Simone confronts her Russian past when she falls in love with the music of Yanka Dyagileva, a Soviet singer who tragically died young; hits the road with her childhood friend who is dead set on becoming an icon; and battles male strippers in Siberia.

Hailed as the perfect storm of creative talent (USA Today, Pop Candy), Simone is poised to win over fans of David Rakoff and Sarah Vowell with her irresistibly funny and charming literary debut.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheba | 2/16/2014

    " Possibly the best book on a musician's arc ever written, or at least one that understands most fans aren't so much interested in the technical aspects of creation--though there could have been more of that here--so much as they're interested in the emotional journey behind the creative process. Simone doesn't waste time navel-gazing, however, her story is outlined in primarily unsentimental vignettes of her travels, family life, spiritual conversion(not to be confused with proselytizing drivel found in similar stories), and encounters with the most believably unorthodox characters, both musically and culturally. It helps, too, that Simone is a great storyteller with a sophisticated grasp of when to use metaphor and how to be lyrical without being hokey. She also has a perfect sense of comic timing, balancing just the right amount of self-flagellation with modern cynicism and a naive hope and wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia | 2/12/2014

    " An interesting collection of essays. I especially enjoyed all the history, which was a wonderful surprise. A book I'll probably pick up and read again in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by ms.pointy | 2/1/2014

    " Meh. The beginning and end are engaging--and certainly the memoir is easy to read--but in the end, what does any of this matter, aside from occasionally interesting but heavily edited stories from one person's life? There's very little there there. I'm interested in why this memoir has garnered so much praise--perhaps it is just the aging of my generation, but hearing someone talk about Britney Spears transforming their understanding of pop music seems dated--and leaves me cold. Very cold. However, I will try her mother's borscht recipe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abuela Linda | 1/27/2014

    " I listened to this book, downloaded from Audible.com, but the audible version is not one of the choices given here. Some are the essays are 3 star and others, 5 star. Simone does a good job writing humor, which is hard to sustain in any venue. Her attempts to live with a roommate in a tiny apartment in NYC are quite funny as are her descriptions of several trips taken to Russia and the Ukraine. Her research attempts to contact a settlement of Doukobortsy in British Colombia is extremely funny. Ms. Simone seems to have a natural curiosity about numerous subjects and an excellent eye for the unusual. This book was never dull! "

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