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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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A wise and heartfelt story

James Taylor’s story will be particularly poignant to those who came of age in the 60’s. Beautifully told and, I admit, I cried.

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New insight

Transparent and insightful. I have a new appreciation for the journey and the songs. Thank you Mr Taylor.

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truly amazing!

loved it. autobiography is not my normal genre, but enjoyed it...grew up listening to his music!

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Lovely story

Really enjoyed this short biography. I hope it is the first chapter of many. Thank you, James Taylor, for sharing this. It was real, interesting, raw, and revealing and made me appreciate your music even more.

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Incredibly honest

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey- your resilience amazing- beyond words. I have been a fan forever - your Sweet Baby James album one of my first. You inpsired me to learn guitar and I have sang and played your songs in coffee houses when I was young and around campfires still. The guitar version of Jerusalem was a wonderful surprise- a moving hymn I have sung many times. I was looking so forward to hearing you live in Ottawa in April- concert has been postponed of course - so looking forward to the day when I can hear your music live. Sincerely, Vicki Bassett

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Thanks for sharing James Taylor

I loved getting to know James Taylor a little more. Although my childhood was very different than his, there are many things in this story that resonate with me. I only wish James would have added more! I could have listened for another hour hearing about his life experiences. Loved this story and loved listening to James tell it.

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Break shot was great.

James Taylor is one of my favourite musicians and lyist. His story telling is so captivating. The best

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The real deal James taylor.

I have been a big fan of James for a very long time and this recording helps to solidify my relationship with him and him and his music. I love hearing about his life and growing up I hope he does another one of these recordings about the next twenty one
thank you james for all of your great music ..look forward to seeing you again.

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Loved this!!!

If you’re a James Taylor fan (or even if you’re not because you will be!), you can’t miss this amazing memoir. He’s not only a brilliant musician, he is articulate, funny and has a great story to tell. I enjoyed every second and was so sad when it ended. I’m hoping for a sequel!🤞

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Tremendous

Loved the story, the narrator and the music. Also loved the 90 minutes. Nothing was dragged out. I will listen often

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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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