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  • 40 Songs, One Story
  • Written by: Bono
  • Narrated by: Bono
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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Surrender

Written by: Bono
Narrated by: Bono
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Publisher's Summary

Bono—artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2—has written a memoir: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.

Narrated by the author, Surrender is an intimate, immersive listening experience, telling stories from Bono’s early days in Dublin, to joining a band and playing sold out stadiums around the world with U2, plus his more than 20 years of activism. 

Throughout a remarkable life, music has always been a constant for Bono and in the audiobook, his distinctive voice is interwoven with a very personal soundtrack adding atmosphere and texture to each and every scene. From moments of classic U2 hits to snippets by The Clash, Patti Smith, Verdi, Johnny Cash and Mozart, Surrender also exclusively features clips of newly recorded reimagined versions of U2 songs including ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘With Or Without You’, ‘One’, ‘Beautiful Day’ and more, glimpsed for the first time on Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.

©2022 Bono (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Eloquent with purpose and beauty

U2 has always been a vital part of growing and learning and feeling for me. The word “fan” conjures an idea that falls short.

Bono is an artist in the purest sense of the word. This book is a gift of art. The audiobook is an experience that must be had. His voice in both song and spoken word is beautiful and connective with the timing, tempo and intention of his written word. Bono is a beautiful human who reflects with humbled awareness, the connection of all things in life and all that drives him: love, purpose, humanity, important conversations moved to action, important feelings moved to thoughts and the search for knowing.

The format to this book is in itself, a creative and purposeful connection between song and life; chapters as song. Everything in a life woven both vertically to God and horizontally with arms embracing the world, as alluded go in his words of the cross. There are multiple entry points and nothing is linear, it just makes sense in it’s composition and design.

The audiobook is such a gift to be cherished. The integration of song and sound, his voice and voices carry the narrative in a compelling format that is essentially an extension of how Bono seems to breathe the world.

I want to hear Bono’s voice more. The vulnerability and confidence, the ability to give and receive.

Thank you Bono, U2 and thank you Ali.

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A work of art—and the highest standard for audio books

It couldn’t get any better—an Irish story teller with a phenomenal story to tell. I actually think I came away a better person for listening to this. Deep gratitude for the live you’ve lived, and deeper gratitude for the sharing of it.

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Wow! Wow! Wow! A Work of Art!

Loved it! Spellbinding and authentic to the end. Thank you, Bono for taking the time this creative pursuit deserved. What a life...so far, and yes it only gets better!

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An Experience Not To Be Missed

As Bono shares his story, he can't help but let his musicality and love of music permeate his narrative. I can't imagine limiting myself to reading this--it's an auditory experience.

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Bono in his own voice

Not to be missed. Shining a light on a remarkable life and a band that shaped us.

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Bono and U2

I absolutely love this and I love listening to Bono telling the story. He has a great flare for storytelling.

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Perfect

This was my first audio book and I loved that Bono read it to me. That’s how I’m choosing to review this…that he and I are sitting at a table over a drink and he’s telling me the story of him, the band I love so much, and trouble he’d get himself into. I loved the melody of Bono’s voice, the passion he has for his family, his art, this fellow man and this planet as a whole. As I am nearing the end I’m wishing it was a longer story, just so I can sit with this man a while longer.

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Very entertaining.

Excellent, brilliant. Listened to it 4 times in a row. I loved his phrasing in his story telling. I enjoyed this so much I am going to buy the hard copy.

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Was great to hear his perspective on many things

It was long but good. Don't be in a rush. So many interesting stories.

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Incredibly powerful

His heartfelt words, his life work, his philosophies - brilliant told (that voice!!), whatever you take from it - you will find it inspiring and touching. Will be listening again alongside the book this time.

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