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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Bond | 1/24/2014

    " it's cute but the writing style gets redundant really fast. I'd rather be friends with Alina Simone than read her writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 1/3/2014

    " When I learned that author Alina Simone is also a Brooklyn-based indie musician, I thought "Hipster alert" and started reading carefully. My assumption was lame. This modest essay collection is equal parts travelogue, career blog, and identity search--with barely any traces of their annoying downsides. Simone travels to Siberia and Canada (plus some US cities) and the lack of "Hey, look at the wacky locals / I'm such a badass traveler" attitude was refreshing. Observant humor and wit are also woven into random conversations with music industry folks, family and friends, and even strangers on Facebook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin B | 12/27/2013

    " Clever, real, and at times so funny I laughed out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 12/11/2013

    " why did Neil Gaiman blurb this book? Amanda Palmer. Who was Amanda Palmer's amanuensis? Alina Simone. Who went and won? toss up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan | 11/28/2013

    " Enjoyed it but wanted to hear more about music rather than stories that assumed I knew about the lifestyle of a traveling musician trying to "break." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dietmar | 11/26/2013

    " Covering thoughts on life, music, touring, Russia, othodox punk monks, obscure castrating sects, Britney Spears and a roadtrip with Amanda Palmer, this is a witty and tongue-in-cheek little book. Highly entertaining and putting some things into a rather russian perspective. I have quite enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saptak Sen | 4/19/2013

    " Extremely funny a quirky! Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.E. Shaw | 10/12/2012

    " SO much more about Siberia and castrati than I'd expected. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading this and suspect I will read it fairly regularly, just for the obscurity, excellent wording and cheery randomness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 9/26/2012

    " Breezy memoir of a bohemian, intellectual Russian-American musician. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 9/18/2012

    " When I liked this book, I liked it very much. But I'm afraid I was most often left cold by it. So this is not so much a three star book but a four and two star book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 8/10/2012

    " 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed her lightly self-deprecating sense of humor and the colorful Russian flavor in her writing, especially after reading The Tiger, which was quite descriptive of far eastern Russia/Russians but in a different way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Keltz | 4/30/2012

    " I don't know whether to give this book three stars or four. There were some parts that dragged, but there were some parts that were really funny, too. There was also an unexpected twist at the end that, in my view, improved the whole thing. So I'm glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Very | 3/11/2012

    " I liked the beginning when she was a struggling musician living in New York City, dealing with foreign journalists, crazy producers, boutique publicists, fleas, and back injuries. I lost interest in the middle and never found it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed the quirky nature of the author's personality, likes, dislikes, and life realizations. While not always funny, it's always engaging and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan | 7/31/2011

    " Enjoyed it but wanted to hear more about music rather than stories that assumed I knew about the lifestyle of a traveling musician trying to "break." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/31/2011

    " I don't know whether to give this book three stars or four. There were some parts that dragged, but there were some parts that were really funny, too. There was also an unexpected twist at the end that, in my view, improved the whole thing. So I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dietmar | 7/19/2011

    " Covering thoughts on life, music, touring, Russia, othodox punk monks, obscure castrating sects, Britney Spears and a roadtrip with Amanda Palmer, this is a witty and tongue-in-cheek little book. Highly entertaining and putting some things into a rather russian perspective. I have quite enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 7/13/2011

    " why did Neil Gaiman blurb this book? Amanda Palmer. Who was Amanda Palmer's amanuensis? Alina Simone. Who went and won? toss up. "

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

    " Great read, especially for artists, daughters, and anyone who has ever tried to find themselves by looking outside instead of in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 6/1/2011

    " When I liked this book, I liked it very much. But I'm afraid I was most often left cold by it. So this is not so much a three star book but a four and two star book. "

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