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Break Shot: My First 21 Years

James Taylor
Written by: James Taylor
Narrated by: James Taylor
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Take a tour of James Taylor’s early life.

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Fantastic

We are big fans and so of course I offered to listen when my husband could join. He agreed but he didn’t think he would sit and listen long! We listened together through to the end in one sitting, reminiscing about our experiences with the music before we were a couple and together throughout our 32 year marriage! Loved it!

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A Fan

The intertwining of the story and music made for an enjoyable book. The reading by James Taylor makes it feel like a conversation with the listener and offers insight into the creation and meaning of his songs and the struggles with addiction shared by some family members.

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Always knew he was special.

It is facinating to hear his story directly from him. An interesting and very talented person.

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fascinating

I am a fan. What a delight to hear the story behind the songs. And what a voice!

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amazing! what a story. Always been a huge fan. <br />

Amazing. Always been a huge fan. The music
brings back so many memories. Good and bad.

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incredible presentation of James' early life.

His storey put so many songs into perspective..Loved it to say the least. enjoy it....I did.

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Wonderful Read

I found this book very moving. It was also a walk down memory Lane. I am from the same era and the songs took me back there. I have listened to it twice and will listen to it again.

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Excellent

I loved every bit of this recording. He sure packed a lot into those 21 years. Good reminder that life and success are tied up with struggle.

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  • KD
  • 2020-06-03

Sweet baby James

How wonderful to tie the songs to the stories behind them. I love that James Taylor spoke his own truth. His words seemed so honest and therefore powerful. I have and will continue to recommend this to my family and friends. Thank you.

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Great insight for James Taylor fans

James Taylor brings his easy going nature to this audio book - sharing his life story from birth to age 21, when he was just becoming a music legend. I especially enjoyed hearing what inspired him to write some of his biggest hits and who exactly Karen and Suzanne were. James did not have an easy life growing up and it took courage to bare his soul this way. Essential listening for any James Taylor fan!

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  • David
  • 2020-02-01

Disappointed

A person from the north spewing their hatred for the south. I didn’t expect this from him, and at the end I deleted all his music from my library. It doesn’t make sense to hate the south and pray for “one tribe, one family” within the same book. Shame on you James. I thought you were a better man than this.

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  • Marm
  • 2020-01-31

Love His Music, Love His Story

I was just going to listen while on the treadmill this morning, but I could not stop. I put plans aside and finished this too short production. Listening to his voice, his story and his music was a fantastic experience for me. It touched so many feelings and thoughts.
Dear Audible,
Please convince James to continue his story in more productions like this.

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  • LuluBelle
  • 2020-01-31

Thank you, Mr Taylor & Audible!

For someone who grew up in the 70s, James Taylor’s music was everything & heard everywhere. His album “Sweet Baby James” was in everyone’s collection & yet spoke with delicate intimacy to everyone I knew. The song,”Fire & Rain” made Mr Taylor our friend because when you listened, you knew you were not alone in your confusion & heartaches. All these years later, I still remember many of the lines in his songs & what they meant to me when I was young and felt quite alone. His songs deeply resonated despite the fact our lives could not have been more different. Yet his music connected us.

But to the subject at hand—this Audible original. Wow! His open and honest account of his early life makes me admire him even more for sharing it with us. So, to hear him sit down & share his recollections of his early life is a lovely gift! Hearing his music & warm voice felt like he was sitting in my living room sharing something he just had to tell someone—but not for glory. It felt like he wanted his fans to know some of the truths he’s figured out about life & family and the road he’s traveled. I just finished listening & didn’t want it to end. Thank you to all who made this recording possible! Love to you, Mr Taylor! You helped get me through some rough years and it was so nice to listen to you again!

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  • kaljh
  • 2020-02-02

So so depressing to listen to

I grew up with your music. You are a very talented musician and I loved your music. But please don’t ever read any other story. Your talent does not lie in narration. The monotone reading was painful to listen to. As for the story itself, I’m sure it would have been so much more interesting if there was some life put into it. There were some high points that would have come out so exciting if there was some energy in your voice. It just sounded like you didn’t really want to do this.

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  • Lynn
  • 2020-02-02

Inspiring Autobiography

I am a psychiatrist who has worked with many seriously ill hospitalized patients. This is an inspiring story of a legend who recovered from severe depression and substance abuse and had a future of remarkable good. It is a remarkable story of recovery and an inspiration to all who have gone through episodes of mental illness.

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 2020-01-31

Format drove me nuts...

The material felt thin and i was quickly bored. But the real annoyance was every 5 minutes they'd jam way too much music in. It's if they knew they didn't have much so they felt like "hey lets put in James' great music and that will carry us through this."

I quit and couldn't finish.

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  • George D Penick Jr
  • 2020-01-31

Thank you, James, for sharing yourself with us

He tells his story as honestly and as artfully as he writes his music. Both his pains and his joys are palpable.

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  • kevin miller
  • 2020-01-31

Took me back and brought me forwad

As always, James Taylor weaves a story that captivates and heals. You find your own questions in his stories and maybe and answer or two.

His struggles and beautiful life tales harmonize with our own. James Taylor is both artist and art.

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  • CeceM
  • 2020-01-31

From James Taylor’s talent goes beyond singing!

From beginning to end, James paints a picture of his early days with his incredible storytelling where he shares his talent as both writer and songwriter. An inspiring story from an inspiring man!

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  • Count B
  • 2020-01-31

JT, So Much Deeper Than I Ever Knew

Man this is deep at times. I never knew how tough his child life was, most of them going into mental institutions. No wonder his songs mean so much to me, as someone who suffers bad mental health. He is a part of so many of our lives. Love You JT.

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