“I was astonished with the number of songs Carole either wrote personaly or with others. I was amazed how quickly songs were written and turned out. It appears writing lyrics at the beginning of the Rock and Roll era was less sophisticated than it would be in the following years. Many of the lyrics contained very few words and only needed a catchy melody to put it on the Pop charts.
Carole's life was interesting with many different phases. She remained successful throughout her career.
I purchased two of her songs, "Will you love me tomorrow", and "You got a friend". I probably wouldn't have purchased the songs had I not read the book. Until my daughter recommended the book to me, I can say Carole King was just history to me.
I found the book very interesting and many names from the past were brought to mind.”
“First time I started to read this memoir I couldn't get into it but listening to Carole King read her story gave the book additional depth!”Deborah L. Cummings wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A big fan, I was looking forward to reading about her life. Parts of the book were fascinating and I was surprised at her multiple marriages and domestic abuse. At times the book got very tedious and I found myself skimming, particularly in the end. ”Noni Y wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh, how I love Carole King! Listening to her tell her life story, along with some bursts of singing throughout, all I could think was, "She is so NICE!". I learned quite a bit about her that I did not know before, all told in her distinctive sweet voice. If you are looking for dirt and scandal, you won't find it here. She even describes her abusive, drug-addicted third husband NICELY. As for the people who tried to screw her out of the private road to her Idaho ranch, she tip-toes around their lack of grasp of the truth, without ever resorting to the word "liars". With that said, this is a must for Carole King fans everywhere.”NJBPITT wrote this review Saturday, June 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So this book got lost this summer and I'm finally reading it. It took me a while to get used to her writing style...it is not what I expected from a 60's memoir. But I like it. More when I finish.”Beth Douglass Silcox wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating look at the history of popular music through the eyes and experiences of a seminal artist. Very surprising in many ways.”Tdeckebach wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“450 pgs. A Natural Woman is a look into the finer details of the life of singer-songwriter, Carole King. I am a huge fan of King and many of her songs are dear to my heart. However, I knew little about her outside of her music. I was surprised at the number of songs I knew that she and her first husband, Gerry, were responsible for writing for other artists. She really was a songwriter first and singing came later. There were parts of the book that grew quite detailed and didn't interest me as much. But, overall, I greatly enjoyed this memoir and it didn't detract anything away from my love for Carole's voice and music. I would recommend reading it to any Carole King fan. ”Erika wrote this review Sunday, October 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to the audiobook. It is interesting to read about someone whose music I've enjoyed for a very long time. I had no idea that she had been married 4 times and that she had been abused by one of her husbands.
Sometimes she relayed her stories in such detail that it made me question how she could recall actual conversations from over 40 years ago. I guess the beauty of an autobiography is that you get to present your story your way.
It was also a good reminder that celebrities are just people, people with a lot more money and opportunity but still just human like the rest of us.”
“Overall I enjoyed reading about Carole King's life. I had heard an interview on Fresh Air which got me interested in reading it. In both the interview and the book, King comes across as a likable person who realizes how lucky she's been in her life overall, while also honestly describing some disastrous decisions she made along the way. I was particularly interested in her early life--married at 17 because "that's what people did" back then! ”FM D'Andrea wrote this review Friday, July 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No