The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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At the one-year anniversary of his death, legendary musician Prince's first wife shares a uniquely intimate, candid, and revelatory look inside the personal and professional life of one of the world's most beloved icons.
In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: From their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life.
No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince - both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist - than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince's music lives on with generations to come.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 7 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 04, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,428 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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A pretty big chunk of Mayte's life was spent with Prince, so this is very much her story to tell. She does not pretend to know every detail about Prince's life, she does not pretend to know what precisely was going through his mind during some of the lowest moments of life. She does not use 300+ pages to give away juicy and scandalous secrets about his life. Instead, she gives readers a glimpse into what her life was like growing up as young belly-dancer, and getting swept up into a whirlwind friendship-turned-romance with a real-life Prince charming. Ever a mysterious man, even to those closest to him, Mayte simply sheds some light on the unique view she had of him, first as his "student", then as an employee, then as a wife, and then, as someone who understandably had issues with him but still loved him from afar despite tremendous loss and heartache.
Highly recommended for every Prince fan who wants a brief glimpse into the man behind the Icon.
Whatever you may think of her, if anything at all, there is something beautiful and yet heart wrenching of him to be gleaned from her words. The picture she paints of him, rather than a caricature, confirms an incredibly intelligent musical savant and remarkably flawed weirdo who was often emotionally disconnected from others and, at times, just plain unpleasant. But, her glimpse behind the proverbial curtain further reveals a beautifully complex human being with a huge heart, steadfast (or, stubborn) faith in God, and unfortunately, a long-damaged little boy lurking just beneath the surface. She also confirms that each was simultaneously shattered during 1996. The lingering unanswered question is whether/to what extent he reassembled the shards during the two decades of his life that followed. I don't suppose we'll ever truly know the answer.
Would he be angry with her for publishing this? No doubt. It’s difficult to imagine him being anything short of absolutely livid over having been portrayed in such a fallible manner. Will you nevertheless find him (infuriating warts and all) more endearing as seen through her eyes? Yes. From between the lines flows the unmistakeable sense that he would've been a very good father and, in turn, being a father would've almost certainly proven very good for him. That's the reason to read this book.
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The prose is well written (so many 'celebrity' memoirs are not), and the portrayal of the more recent, happier, events in her life is really effective. I devoured this book in hours, and not one word was wasted - kudos to whoever Mayte's editor was. The narrative choices make this book an enjoyable read, and while I was dismayed at the sadness that Mayte and Prince endured, I was glad that she has at last become a mother and found the joy in Gia and her work with animals.
For Prince fans, this memoir provides a glimpse behind the genius. A compelling read.
These threads are woven together very skilfully. Mayte, as the author, comes across very well as one would expect. Driven, compassion, loving, disciplined, patient, loyal. I can see why Prince is seen in a negative way and why the author may have received hate because of this. Prince is shown as being incredibly prolific, loving, driven, caring, spiritual. The downside of this is that he is very controlling and moves on from one project to another to the detriment of people around him. 'Controlling' could be used but doing that led to his great successes over the years. But when the tragedy with the baby happens then this controlling tendency, the need to move on, leads to their relationship breaking down as he, it seems, is not emotionally able to cope with the loss. The fact that he burns down the house they lived in once they are separated seems to demonstrate this; he wants to move on and the only way he can do this is by removing what serves as a reminder of what he could do nothing about.
Some relationships would be made stronger by the loss of a baby; others not so much.
On the musical front there is an account of his increasing isolation from the music community which, it seems, led to a decrease in quality and sales. The high water mark is the Most Beautiful Girl in the World single, which was his first independent release, when went to number 1 in several countries. If the quality of his work after this had been maintained he could have had a successful indie career, as Radiohead did when they left a major. But the quality was not maintained and the music was unable to 'sell itself' without the help of a major label.
Prince is still my favourite musician; this books provides an insight into his world during a turbulent period. He has, for me, become more 'human' and I am now returning to the albums made during this period. Most importantly, reading about Mayte herself was very interesting and it seems obvious why Prince was attracted to her. The aftermath of their loss I would also recommend to anyone who has been in a similar situation.
I MISS his creative energy, he took me through all the emotions. I Loved and Lost with Prince as the soundtrack of my life. Thank You Mayte for sharing yours and Prince's story. I hope you find the happiness you seek.