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Peter Doherty's is the last of the great rock 'n' roll stories—bad boy and public enemy. To his devoted fans, he is a cult hero, a modern-day Rimbaud. Musically, he has defined the past twenty years of indie rock with his sound, lyrics, lifestyle and aesthetic.

Since The Libertines rose to international fame, Doherty has proved endlessly fascinating. A whirlwind of controversy and scandal has tailed him ever since the early 2000s, so much so that all too often his talents as a songwriter and performer have been overlooked; for every award and accolade, there is a scathing review. Hard drugs, tiny gigs on the hoof, huge stadium shows, collaborations, obliterations, gangsters and groupies—Doherty has led a life of huge highs and incredible lows.

With his wildest days behind him, Doherty candidly explores—with sober and sometimes painful insight—some of his greatest and darkest moments, taking us inside the creative process, decadent parties, substance-fuelled nights, his time in prison and tendency for self-destruction. With his trademark wit and humour, Doherty also details his childhood years, key influences, pre-fame London shenanigans, and reflects on his era-defining relationship with Libertines co-founder Carl Barât and other significant people in his life. There is humour, warmth, insight, baleful reflection and a defiant sense of triumph.

A Likely Lad is Doherty's version of the story—the genuine man behind the fame and infamy. This is a rock memoir like no other.

©2022 Peter Doherty (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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I am so annoyed I bought this

Pete doesn’t narrate and distanced himself from the book in a recent interview . Might be better reading the book, but listening to some robot square deliver the story’s . Rubbish

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Terrible

Pound shop Lord Byron spaffs relationships, cash and opportunity ungratefully while kidding himself that he’s an aesthete. Entitlement seethes from every chapter and the cast of ghouls who encourage him are little better.

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Hard but Insightful Tale

A real warts and all account that doesn't attempt to shy away from the extent of depravity and drug consumption that the author partook in. A hard listen at times for sure, but it's a good addition to the other existing Libertines titles out there and stands up well!

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listening almost as addictive as .....

Absolutely loved it massive fan of libertines and Pete for as long as can remember, if fan of his music couldn't recommend it enough.

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Not exactly what I expected but a solid intro

Firstly, I'm not a Libertines fan but I have always been intrigued by Pete. He's generally, historically not been portrayed kindly by the media, and one can argue nor should he be. But to many, he is like a guilty pleasure, with us lapping up his almost continuous downfall for us all to see.
But this biography is different. For once, I have an understanding of Peter. A highly intelligent man, the artist and the man addicted to the extreme highs and lows that any one person's life can offer.
This is not the normal 3 hour biography. It goes into great detail of parts of his life which some readers may find pointless. Others will lap every aspect up as the complete making of the Man. Despite being wrote by someone else under direct influence of Peter, you can almost imagine him saying the words, although narrated by someone different. It Is actually 11 hours long.
Im glad to see that he now has many parts of his life under wraps for the time being, however long that may last.

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Great. What’s not to love about R n R autobiographies.

Authentic and honest. I quite liked Pete by the end of the book. Recommend it but not if you’re anti drugs as it’s near the knuckle.

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Not bad but loses its charm about halfway through

I will start by saying the Author/Narrator does a passable yet mediocre job - not unlistenable but at points I had to have a break as the monotonous reading occasionally seemed to drone.
As for the biography itself- it is well written in Peters own words and although ghost written by the Narrator in the first person it certainly does have that "Doherty charm" to it.
As for the subject I feel like it is a slightly white washed history- we get an in depth comprehensive walk through of the first 15 years of Peters life- thoroughly riveting, but then as we get into his 20's everything just seems to get skipped over or brushed aside- I didn't really learn anything new about The Libertines, Babyshambles or his relationship with Carl.

We never get any real details and I feel like the coverage of the second half of his life is lacking in substance and we never really get the full story- Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Peaches Geldof and Robin Whitehead are all briefly mentioned in passing as is Peter Wolfe (the wolfman) but he doesn't go into detail- the same with The Libertines breakup- he never goes into the full story, he just vaguely recounts things we already know but never really tell us what he felt or why it happened.

To summarize this book isn't a must read for fans of The Libertines but to anyone who is a Pete Doherty fan it is worth it for the first half of the book alone, in which Pete goes into a lot of detail on his childhood and family life.

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Awful Narration

The narration, in my opinion, did not reflect the mood of the book and ruined it for me

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Disappointing

The book seemed to lack any emotion or feeling, sort of bland and boring and quite expected.

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  • Charles E Sears
  • 04-08-22

I CAN stand you now!

A very well written account of not only Mr. Doherty’s life but the chaotic indie scene of the early naughtys. There is quite a large list of characters, and it can be hard to keep up with sometimes. But as soon as you are trying to remember who someone is something crazy happens. I’m now convinced he is no man, but an entity.
Thank you, Peter. This is extremely candid and I wish nothing but the best for you!