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The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. This is the roller-coaster journey from his beginnings as a child actor to his domination of the charts as both a solo artist and part of Genesis. His success is astounding, his music has global reach, and his story is legendary.

©2016 Phil Collins (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • J T
  • 2018-05-25

Excellent

An excellent book and a very intriguing back story. Big fan of the music, didn't know the man.

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Fascinating Listen

I grew up with Genesis playing in the background as my dad was a big fan. The Phil Collins of the 80’s and 90’s was the backdrop of my teenage years. To hear the story behind the music told so truthfully by the man himself is amazing. Thanks Phil!!!

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Honest and powerful.

Enjoyed learning the backstory about Genesis and Collins solo career as well as tidbits of his encounter with musics legends. Phil Collins offers a profoundly honest portrait of his life an loves. Was particularly relevant having just recently seen his wonderful performance with Nick his young son on drums in Toronto. Collins is a fighter and is a gifted artist. Thank you for this Phil.

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  • RW
  • 2018-10-07

Entertaining, enlightening walk down memory lane

Very well narrated - as one would expect - with a lot of Collins' trademark joviality. Phil's thoughtful telling of his life in and outside of music is well worth your investment.

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Just cannot put it (audibly) down!

Fantastic memoir of one of the best musician, composer, entertainer of the last 50 years. Narrated in a simple yet extremely interesting way. Not Dead Yet is by far the very best biography I have ever read or heard. After having delighted so many with his musical talents, Phil Collins now does the same with his writing skills and the story of his life! Any small or big fan of him or Genesis : this is a must.

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Great books for any Phil Collins or Genesis fan!

This audio book is like sitting in an intimate pub, listenning to Phil Collins recount stories of his past, while sharing a pint. He goes into so much detail, covering his 60 years career, it's quite compelling. His stories of the bands he grew up with, to the bands he intersected throughout his youth prior to joining Genesis, the Genesis stories, his solo career, Disney, even his later life, that was definitely not as Rosie. He has no qualms talking about his personal demons, and he had many. Hearing all these stories direct from him is a must. I've listened to it twice already. Great book!!!

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Great to have a chance to know Phil

Having admire Phil for so long, it's great to hear more details about his life and the amazing people he met

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  • Brian Haworth
  • 2016-11-03

Funny, moving and honest

I was a Genesis fan back in the early days and followed all the members as they did their own things. Phil was always a favourite and this auto-biography tells his whole story. Being read by Phil himself makes it so much more enjoyable. It's an easy listen. It's captivating. It's fun and it's informative, both in terms of Phil's life and astonishing career and his struggles as an ordinary, workaholic bloke who can't say no despite the effects this has on the families he's created and so obviously adores. I've always admired him and his candor, self depreciation and humour in this memoir make me like the old chap even more.

If this was the book I wouldn't have put it down. As the Audible I played it in the car, at work and at home over a two day period. A record for me. It's a "right riveting" listen!

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  • Patrick
  • 2016-10-27

What a journey through an amazing life and career

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's an amazing look at the life and career of an Icon.

What did you like best about this story?

That Phil read it. No way it could have been any other way!

What does Phil Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What doesn't he bring? It's read by the man who lived it. How could it be any better?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

I have been a Phil Collins and Genesis fan since I was a teenager and I think this book could quite possibly make me appreciate the music and respect Phil even more. Being read by him made it just that much better and I'm glad he did. It was by far one of the best read Audible books I've ever listened to.Thank you Phil for sharing your life and career stories and thank you for all your contributions to music, charities and the arts.

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  • Molly
  • 2016-11-03

Outstanding~ personal ~ at times tragic and funny~

PLOT:a personal look at the life of the "intense" and talented Phil Collins.

Phil Collins narrates this bio. He starts with is home life including stormy relationship with his Dad. He is talented in music and is keen on drums. He earns the part of the "artful dodger" in a musical version of Oliver until his voice breaks due to on coming manhood. He takes piano lessons from his aunt who even leaves him her cherished piano. Around age 20 Phil works to pay for his cherished Record Collection. He tells of a funny story of being in the movie "A Hard Days Night" with the Beatles which ends up on the cutting room floor. So many near misses on the climb to fame. He is in several bands but ends up with Genesis. Timid and a bit shy he expresses himself through his music. A youthful first marriage ends in a devastating divorce and two children. a second marriage which ends up his admitting an affair and also dumping Jill wife #2 by Fax......He admits it all and holds nothing back including self loathing. As his fame increases and his song writing and solo career and Genesis explodes he is one of the top singers, song writers and drum players in the 1980s and 1990s earning many Grammy and music awards including an Oscar. As marriage #3 fails ....he retires and becomes an alcoholic. He has several near fatal hospital stays with pancreatic failure. His near brushes with death only destroyed his health and his relationships. He is very candid and even humorous as he clearly says...I had "alcohol in my blood or should I say ....blood in my alcohol." ....As he recovers his health AND finally his addictions.....he makes a successful relationship with ex wife #3 with who he still resides. He also is candid about the use of steroids to help his singing voice which also deteriorates his bones and back. He admits to now walking with a cane and blames no one but himself for all his problems. His look inside the world of world of bands and music is both fascinating and revealing. At times funny like his meeting Cher on a plane. This book is excellent. His reading his own bio keeps you focused on how brilliant this man really is. The highs and lows of very talented Phil Collins ~ Best Bio I have heard. 5 STARS all the way.

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  • JP
  • 2016-11-02

What a huge musical legacy. What a personal life.

I'm glad he talked about his drinking. Anyone at age 50 needs to find a way to stop. not talked about enough. Overall great book.

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  • Carrie
  • 2016-10-31

an honest story from a wonderful singer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, for hhonesty and interesting material

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Dead Yet?

Phil's courageous recoveries from alcoholism

Have you listened to any of Phil Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

his music was wonderful, but I now know the human behind it which is cool

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and it only took me two to finish it!

Any additional comments?

GET the audiobook, listen to it - and then get all of the mentioned albums!

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  • Kenneth J. Souza
  • 2016-10-30

Amazing career, amazing autobiography.

As a lifelong fan of Phil Collins and Genesis, this long overdue memoir provided great insight into the man behind the legend and the drum kit. Pulling no punches, Collins readily admits to his failures but also takes great pride in his accomplishments. His music has provided me with great comfort over the years and it's good to know he's now content with what he's done.

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  • Nicole
  • 2016-10-26

Honest

Phil doesn't hold back and is willing to admit to his shortcomings. His performance is easy to listen to and I was interested every step of the way.

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  • Kenny Hogan
  • 2016-10-31

An honest candid look at Phil Collins

I found this book to be entertaining and interesting. I also appreciate that Phil doesn't portray himself in a perfect light. He admits his faults and regrets. He also proves that he's a hard working musician, songwriter, and a very intelligent and creative man.
I like him. This is a book I will recommend to musicians I know and to anyone who wants to know what fame and fortune can do to people.

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  • Debra Vermeal
  • 2016-12-02

Highly recommended!

Loved this book & the narration by Phil. Didn't want to put it down between chapters!

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  • ChiTownRobert
  • 2016-11-10

An entertaining telling of a remarkable life.

As a life long fan of Phil Collins, Phil's candid telling of his many ups and downs of an extraordinary life beyond just his amazing music. His book is a unique insight into his joy, pain and remarkable accomplishments.

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