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Book Review: Me by Elton John

In his first and only autobiography, Elton John charts his rise from his shy childhood as Reginald Dwight to one of the biggest selling artists of all time. From his outrageous outfits to outrageous antics, Elton John leaves no stone unturned in telling his life story, warts and all.

Not only is the book a complete look at his life, but it also provides a fascinating insight into what the music business was like in the 60s, and how it has changed over the past fifty years.

I worked really hard, maybe too hard, but it felt like there was an unstoppable momentum behind me that carried me on no matter how exhausted I was, that drove me through any kind of setback.

As soon as I saw Rocketman, I knew I needed to read this book. Rocketman opened me up to Elton John’s music and I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I now do. When I heard that the audiobook of Elton John’s autobiography would be read by Taron Egerton, the actor who masterfully played him in the film about his life, I thought maybe it was time I ventured into audiobook territory. I’m 100% sure that this was the perfect book to start with.

Taron did an absolutely fantastic job with this audiobook. He mastered Elton John’s mannerisms, cracked me up with his impressions of Freddie Mercury and a whole host of Elton’s celebrity friends, and delivered the darker moments of this rockstar’s life with a heartfelt sincerity. I don’t think anyone could have narrated this better, which has left me feeling like my journey into the world of audiobooks has peaked before I’ve even got started. It was an absolute joy to listen to Taron talk for 11 hours.

Elton John’s autobiography is incredibly honest. He doesn’t shy away from the things he’s ashamed of, or rather, not ashamed of. He’s self-deprecating in a genuine and honest way that never comes across as indulgent or self-pitying. The story of his life and his anecdotes had me laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time.

Me is comprised of the same years as Rocketman, and then carries on through the star’s life after leaving rehabilitation, covering his continued musical partnership with Bernie, foray into musicals like The Lion King and Billy Elliot, and finally finding love with David Furnish. If you enjoyed Rocketman, I would highly recommend Elton John’s autobiography, especially the audiobook for Taron Egerton’s excellent narration.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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