Book Review: Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All

Hard Listening is a compilation of various authors candid emails, writings and photos.  It is stories about “Rock Bottom Remainders” which is a rock band formed by the world’s bestselling authors.  They recently turned 20 and put this book together.  They were more than a band – which was a good thing because they were not a very good band.

Certainly an interesting read because you would think that you’d see these authors at a computer or with a pencil and paper in their hands – not guitars!

It is nice to hear about it all from the band members themselves as well as check out the photos.  I had never heard about this band before and figured it might be amusing to read about them.  Based on the photos it certainly looked like they had quite the time on stage.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Over 350M books sold. Forty New York Times #1 Bestsellers. One lousy band. Now go behind the scenes to hear their stories firsthand.

In 1992, a cadre of the world’s bestselling authors formed a rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders. For two decades the band played proudly (and some would say, terribly) to sold out crowds across the country. Now they’re hanging up their guitar picks, drumsticks and leather whips, but not without a look back at twenty years of friendship, love, writing, and the redemptive power of rock ’n’ roll.

Hard Listening is a voyeuristic view into the private lives of your favorite authors, combining essays, fiction, musings, candid email exchanges and conversations, compromising photographs, audio and video clips, and interactive quizzes for a groundbreaking ebook experience. See Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Dave and Sam Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Mitch Albom, James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Matt Groening, Greg Iles, and rock legend Roger McGuinn at their most unguarded.
IMPORTANT: This version of Hard Listening offered on Netgalley includes essays, photos and interactive quizzes. To purchase a version with video and audio clips, please search for the Enhanced Edition:

ChatterFun Media – Talk Like a Pirate!


Arrrr Mateys! Did ye know that today be talk like a pirate day?  (How’d I do?)

If you want to go above and beyond – you can play with pirates with the help of Chatterfun Media!  Chatterfun Media is a leading company that designs early childhood language software and is excited to announce the opening of their Kickstarter project!  With Kickstarter, you can help Chatterfun Media fund their project and you will get rewarded for your participation.  The rewards include software, original art, character development or for one very lucky and deep pocketed individual – you can help them develop a pirate module to teach children the language of the seas while providing them with an interactive game to explore and discover pirate language and culture! The ultimate gift on this day, International Talk Like a Pirate Day. You can view the Chatterfun “My First Language Lesson” project via this link  (And if I were you I’d check out the page – we don’t need anyone walking the plank!)

Chatterfun Media currently retails two products, ABC’s with Elly and Spelling Bee Interactive. Their products are used in homes and schools to introduce children to foreign language. These affordable programs are a great first step or introduction to language and allow children to experience and play with language. The Kickstarter project is for development of an activity workbook and CD based on our current titles. If fully funded, they will develop cultural themes, activities, additional games and more animations. Children will be able to explore Spanish one day and French the next day. Through this fun activity, children develop a great passion and interest which leads to better results in learning. But they need your help! Please help by funding our project and share with friends via social media. By joining us on Kickstarter, you will also have the opportunity to vote for our sixth language. For more information on Chatterfun, please visit

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