Audiobook Review: Born To Run: Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run

Born To Run

Narrated By Bruce Springsteen

Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio

“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Born To Run

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

I was excited when the Born to Run audiobook came out. I had heard so many good things about the book and couldn’t wait to start listening. I thoroughly enjoyed the detail that Bruce delved into about his upbringing, the catholic angst, the diverse neighborhood community, the country on the cusp of a cultural revolution. Bruce managed to capture all that and to me, it’s the best part of this audiobook.

The Born To Run audiobook clocks in at well over 18 hours more than enough time to give you the measure of a man’s life… so why do I feel like I got the Springsteen Lite version? No, I wasn’t expecting a book filled with a bunch of salacious detail, but I did expect a deeper reflection on all aspects of his life and feel like he glossed over or skimmed the surface of so many important details.

Bruce Springsteen did a fantastic job narrating, I mean what can you say? It’s a subject near and dear to his heart and let’s face it singer/songwriters are usually pretty good at public speaking and emoting and it shows in the audiobook. No one else would have done it justice. The production quality is first rate throughout the audiobook.

In the end, I felt a tad bit let down. Did I learn anything new about the artist Bruce Springsteen? Certainly! Did I discover anything about Bruce Springsteen the man? Meh… a little, but not much!

This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

Born To Run




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