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Publisher's Summary

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 smash-hit film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

Read by actor and star of Rocketman, Taron Egerton, with an introduction and epilogue read by Elton John.

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 more than 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

Critic Reviews

"Self-deprecating, funny.... You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all." (The Times)

"Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid." (Telegraph

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Legal Alien 42
  • 14-02-22

Awesome, heartfelt and honest autobiography

I don’t do autobiographies but I am an Elton John fan.
The story took me back to my childhood in the 70’s and a prized copy of Elton Johns Greatest Hots vol 1 on green cassette.
I loved the film, but wanted more and boy does this deliver, I’ve only seen Elton once and that was at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, luckily I will be seeing him later this year as part of his tour.
Needless to say, I can’t wait!

Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-21

Awesome!

Just amazing. The story and narration is sensational! I love Elton John even more now I have listened to this

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  • Tim
  • 10-04-21

cover to cover a must listen

loved it. Have youtube and spotify handy. Book best enjoyed with regular side trips to look up a clip or listen to a song. The combination of Taron's and Elton's voices provides a great balance and rhythm. At times the text is a little too positive "it was perfect" and "we loved it" and similar , are phrases we hear too often. But there is raw material too as he talks of the lows of his drug taking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-22

Incredible story about an incredible man

I love that this book was read by both Elton and the actor that played him in “rocket man”. His story is so compelling and I like that this book tells the whole story of his life up until his 70’s. It really shows how much of a feat it is to survive rockstar-dome and come out a decent, sane person on the other side. Truly fantastic. Highly recommend. If you liked “Rocketman” but want to know more about Elton.. this is the book for you

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  • evo123
  • 02-04-22

Elton

Great to hear the true story of Elton John in his known words with so many life experiences shared. So privileged to have seen him live in Australia before covid hit will never forget it

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  • colacuzz
  • 07-03-22

Absolutely Brilliant!

As someone who has never been much of an Elton John fan, I went into this with a completely open mind and boy, was I rewarded with absolute brilliance.

Elton's story is terribly sad, yet hilariously outrageous.

The narrator did a spectacular job of bringing Elton to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed the last few chapters being read by Elton himself.

What a fabulous, colourful, exciting life and absolutely brilliant story! 11/10 would recommend to anyone, whether you're an Elton fan or not, his story is just too good to not be told.

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  • libra
  • 25-02-22

great entertaining read

I really liked this book it told me things about Elton John I hadn't known about and it was honest and very entertaining I have given it 5 stars would have given more if able to

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  • Denise Fleming
  • 22-02-22

Amazing story from an absolute legend!

What an amazing, honest book! Elton doesn't hold back, he tells it like it is. So much respect for him not only as one of the greatest musicians but as a person. My only wish is that he had narrated the book. I would have loved to hear it in his own voice.

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  • Looshbaby
  • 25-01-22

Love Him Or Hate Him, A Great Story

Firstly, I must say, that the production quality is rather poor at times, with excess breathing and page turning too noticeable to block out. This is remarkable considering that Elton is one of the richest superstars on the planet, who must have the best contacts in the business, with access to recording equipment and engineers who can utilize the best noise-gates, compressors, etc. In comparison to many Audiobooks, this one is poor in production quality.

Having said all that, it is hard not to love and hate Elton all at once, thanks to his honesty regarding his good qualities and glaring flaws, all captured in raw honesty, hilarious anecdotes, and controversial content, some of which will not be everyone's cuppa tea. Thankfully, Elton does not exaggerate the sex, or the health issues, as some writers of biographies do, but fear not, there is still enough to titillate if that is what you are after. I found this audiobook hard to stop listening to, and recommend it thoroughly if you love music bio's.

Overall, this book reflects both the personal and professional life of one of modern times greatest artists, and even with the musical journey aside, it is a fantastic listen regarding the human side of fame, fortune, chaos, and the struggles we all can face in navigating relationships, health issues, and life in general.

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  • Petale
  • 22-01-22

Marvellous storytelling

Taron Edgerton tells the Fantastical story. Thanks Elton for sharing the highs and lows of your amazing life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-22

interesting and funny

I loved this book. Very honest and informative. Funny and insightful. A pleasure to listen to