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In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of 23, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived, and the music world would never be the same again.  

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco dancing with the queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.  

©2019 HST Global Limited (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Very entertaining!

Loved the book, Taron Egerton's reading is perfect. This book had me laughing throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-20

Amazing Story

I have so much more respect for Elton John after listening to his autobiography. What an incredible life and the way he tells his story is so honest. I wished it could have been read by Elton himself but after listening to the book I understand why it may have been very tough for him to do it. Tarron’s reading was brilliant and you can hear he enjoyed telling Elton’s story.

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  • basen
  • 22-01-20

Simply fantastic

Nothing is hidden. It is a true reflection of his life. His mom sounds horrible. They are not trying so spread some profound message through this book. It a perfectly written biography and this is how all biographies should be!

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  • Simon
  • 06-12-19

Captain bloody Fantastic!

Brilliant book, narration is wonderful. An absolute necessity for anyone who has any interest in Elton or the music of the time. A frank account of his addiction and excesses, moving at times, it takes the listener on a epic journey as the captain, Elton rises to conquer the world from his humble beginnings in the suburb Pinner, along with Bernie, the kid from Lincolnshire. It’s clear he’s not forgotten his roots or the people who helped him along his way, or those who had such a musical influence and shaped his music. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Claire
  • 29-11-19

fabulous

It feela honest from start to finish. An insight into a world most of us will never be a part of.

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  • BookWorm
  • 18-11-19

Well read young man.

Fantastic narration by Taron Egerton. Really puts emotion into the words. Feels like an honest story by Elton John.

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  • Kim L Beckwith
  • 17-10-19

Hilarious recount of a fascinating life

Elton is funny and unafraid of telling his story warts & all.
Taron’s narration was awesome and really enhanced an already hilarious book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-19

Delightful

Elton John is a wonderful writer - engaging, a talented eye for detail, and very, very funny. Taron Egerton is the perfect narrator. I listened to it every spare moment I had, and then listened again. Highly recommended

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  • Cheryl
  • 02-10-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely an unapologetic and honest insight into the life of a global superstar. He is honest and direct, and owns the good and bad of himself, loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-08-20

Absolutely loved it!

Best autobiography in ages. Brilliant performance and Elton John spills every last bean. Really fun to listen to.

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  • MACC
  • 07-05-20

Fantastic

I was never a huge fan of Elton John growing up. Probably because he was from a different era than mine. But after seeing rocketman last year, he struggles and his life story really resonated with me. I am absolutely adored listening to his autobiography ‘ME’ and cannot recommend it enough. For fans of the artist or the movie Rocket Man or just fans of Autobiographies. Elton takes you on a journey that you will never forget.

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  • Georgina fowler
  • 16-10-19

Amazing emotional journey

This is the first audio book I’ve ever listened too, Elton Johns story was emotional and funny; I’ve never laughed so much during a book. Taron Egerton reading is just the icing on the cake - from playing him in the biopic to reading his audio autobiography.

This was worth 11 hours of listening...highly recommend. A man who has been through many ups and many many downs

If I’ve taken one thing from this audio book. Don’t take cocaine. Ever

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  • Aimee
  • 01-12-19

Don't expect Elton to read this...

I loved the story, and the incredible life that Sir E has lived. Outstanding. I noted before I downloaded it that it was read by Elton and Tarron , and was expecting as such. I think Elton reads the prologue, which is about 5 minutes overall. The rest is read by Tarron, who frankly murders it. Overacted, soulless and totally devoid of meaning. So so disappointed, would have loved to have heard those amazing stories, read by the man himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Moving, funny, and like the subject, fabulous.

I loved this book! I've always thought of Elton John as one of the greatest musical talents ever, and of Bernie Taupin as one of the greatest lyricists, and I've adored their collaborations over the decades. To see the background to that relationship and the desperate hardship of Elton's childhood, his father's intransigence and inability to love, his mother's selfishness and his love for them in spite of it brought me to tears. I saw Rocketman first, but then I had to have Me as soon as possible. It's well written, and well read. A real page turner. Go, buy, read, download, listen. You won't regret it.

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  • D. V. Cole
  • 04-11-19

Full on life

Elton lays out everything about himself and his life in this remarkable autobiography. At times I really didn’t like him and couldn’t understand how anyone could behave like that..however even Elton got fed up with his behaviour and changed it.... and the book reflects that journey.

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  • Campesque
  • 03-11-19

A superb highly amusing, and sometimes sad, read from beginning to end.

I loved this book. I've never been a particular fan of his music, being a baby when Elton John enjoyed his first success, but always thought he came over as a decent and caring bloke.
I thought his autobiography would be interesting and entertaining, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Throughout this fast-paced moving book Elton's sense of humour shines through and I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. The guy tells a really good story against himself and this this book is full of anecdotes about other well known faces. What is really refreshing though is that the portraits he paints are affectionate and there is no nastiness. A thoroughly enjoyable book about a born surviour. I absolutely recommend this book whether you are a fan or not... you will be afterwards!
Taron Egerton's narration is the best I've listened to yet on Audible. You couldn't get a better narrator for this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

Fantastic Bio

Loved the stories and narration by Taron was perfect. Such an idol with a colourful life this is a great listen with some very funny moments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-19

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great listen Taron Egerton made me laugh so mush and if you've already seen rocket man then it flashes you back to the movie. 100 % recommend this book.

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  • KateHenderson
  • 19-10-19

Adored it!!

So brilliant. Want to re-read it straight away! Loved Egerton’s narration too!! Urge any Elton fan to listen!

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  • Pete Mc
  • 22-11-19

Great listen but a struggle listening to Taron Egerton

Honest insight into the life of Elton John, some really good stories in there.

What a life he’s lead.

Wish I’d bought the actual book though as Taron Egerton’s narration comes across as smug and conceited.

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  • Debmcd
  • 28-10-19

Excellent

I could not stop listening .

The book was never boring,interesting and honest, humours and sad and everything in-between.

Excellent narration, kept me going back for more.

You do not need to be a fan of Elton to read this I like his music and loved the movie,but I am no means a super fan, the book kept me enralthed.

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  • Cherie
  • 08-11-19

Absolutely fabulous

What a tale, this made me admire the man even more, what an outrageous and caring man. Taron Egerton was superb as the narrator. This is the best audio book I have ever listened to.

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  • DIANE RICHARDSON
  • 18-10-19

fantastic!

just like the man himself ! Taron did a great job reading Elton's words. loved this book.

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  • Sebastián
  • 25-02-21

Not just entertaining, also profound as ever

This book, and its audiobook version read by Elton and Egerton, is just amazing. A very detailed and astounding narration of a man’s life, who also happens to be an iconic superstar, but just as human as anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

Absolutely amazing..

This audible book, made the drive each day home and work very entertaining, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-21

Highly recommended!

Awesome life story, Taron did such a great job at narrating, I want to listen to it again! Love Elton John even more after listening to this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

READ IT!!

Overall terrific. an amazing life very well remembered considering the life he lead. READ IT!

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  • Gary O'Toole
  • 27-12-20

Hitting all the right notes

Funny, witty, irreverent and dare I say, brave(?) A blistering account of a life and a brilliant read. I loved this book. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-20

Amazing amazing amazing

Truthful, engaging, so amazing.
The best book I have listened too. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-20

Loved it!

what made this audio book so good was the fact that Elton was the narrator for the most part, it made you feel a closer to the story. I've never been a huge fan as a child of the 70s myself I always thought he was to commercial for my tastes but I will now listen to his music with a different opinion 🙂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-20

From One Elton To Another

What a day to have finished listening to the official Elton John biography on World AIDS Day. I say listened as it’s been my companion while walking the mean streets of Glen Iris and Camberwell for the last few weeks. And what a companion. Such a fascinating life. Mind boggling levels of success, debauchery, sadness and joy. And such prodigious talent. And so much loss in the wake of AIDS too. If you love Elton’s music then it’s hard to imagine how this wouldn’t be a hugely inspiring listen for you.