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Revealing, intimate, and exhilaratingly raw, celebrated songwriter and acclaimed singer Sheryl Crow’s Words + Music provides the perfect canvas for the nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist to showcase her potent talent, articulate her complex inner workings, and breathe new life into a sizable stack of her most beloved tracks. Part of Audible’s rapidly expanding Words + M Revealing, intimate, and exhilaratingly raw, celebrated songwriter and acclaimed singer Sheryl Crow’s Words + Music provides the perfect canvas for the nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist to showcase her potent talent, articulate her complex inner workings, and breathe new life into a sizable stack of her most beloved tracks. Part of Audible’s rapidly expanding Words + Music series, blending storytelling, music, and performance to create exceptional listening experiences, Crow’s session is marked by gorgeously stripped-down versions of the songs that made her a household name (exclusively recorded for these sessions). The tunes punctuate rich storytelling, as she dives deep into the history of her career, re-examining the personal experiences and relationships that impacted her artistic journey.


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Revealing, intimate, and exhilaratingly raw, celebrated songwriter and acclaimed singer Sheryl Crow’s Words + Music provides the perfect canvas for the nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist to showcase her potent talent, articulate her complex inner workings, and breathe new life into a sizable stack of her most beloved tracks. Part of Audible’s rapidly expanding Words + M Revealing, intimate, and exhilaratingly raw, celebrated songwriter and acclaimed singer Sheryl Crow’s Words + Music provides the perfect canvas for the nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist to showcase her potent talent, articulate her complex inner workings, and breathe new life into a sizable stack of her most beloved tracks. Part of Audible’s rapidly expanding Words + Music series, blending storytelling, music, and performance to create exceptional listening experiences, Crow’s session is marked by gorgeously stripped-down versions of the songs that made her a household name (exclusively recorded for these sessions). The tunes punctuate rich storytelling, as she dives deep into the history of her career, re-examining the personal experiences and relationships that impacted her artistic journey.

30 review for Sheryl Crow: Words + Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3.5 Stars Narrated by Sheryl Crow herself, she tells the tales behind her most popular songs while also singing them acoustically. A great nostalgic listen for any fan!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I have always enjoyed the music, but it was great to hear from the singer/songwriter herself how she has found her way in music. I liked the focus on her career and of course singing her music.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is an audiobook that Audible produced, and it was really insightful and interesting. Sheryl tells about her music career, a little of her childhood, and in between chapters, plays some of her hits with an acoustic guitar. Really enjoyed this!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Char

    If you like Sheryl Crow, you most likely will enjoy this short memoir. I know I did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I did not know much about Sheryl Crow or her music, but I thought this was very well done, and I even recognized a couple of the songs that she sang in here. I really enjoyed taking a peek into her journey and it makes me want to check out more of her music. She is one of those strong women in the industry that I hope continues to do well because she's an important voice for artists wanting to be true to themselves despite what "the industry" tells them to do, but especially for female artists. I did not know much about Sheryl Crow or her music, but I thought this was very well done, and I even recognized a couple of the songs that she sang in here. I really enjoyed taking a peek into her journey and it makes me want to check out more of her music. She is one of those strong women in the industry that I hope continues to do well because she's an important voice for artists wanting to be true to themselves despite what "the industry" tells them to do, but especially for female artists.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    4 stars (liked a lot) An authentic and insightful look into Sheryl Crow's life and perspective narrated by her and interspersed with her playing some of her most meaningful songs, all of which I found very special as a fan of her and her music. 4 stars (liked a lot) An authentic and insightful look into Sheryl Crow's life and perspective narrated by her and interspersed with her playing some of her most meaningful songs, all of which I found very special as a fan of her and her music.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    I enjoyed this Words + Music installment of Sheryl Crow. I knew next to nothing about her claim to fame, singing for Michael Jackson what?! Like AS Michael Jackson when he couldn't do some of the vocals. I enjoyed this Words + Music installment of Sheryl Crow. I knew next to nothing about her claim to fame, singing for Michael Jackson what?! Like AS Michael Jackson when he couldn't do some of the vocals.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Lopez

    Overall 41/2 Performance 5 star Story 4 star

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charity Hall

    Hearing Sheryl's perspective of her journey defines the true philosophy of so many musicians. Pure enjoyment of this Audible special - would absolutely recommend for those who consider themselves creatives and/or musicians - love hearing her philosophy of the process and life journey of so many musicians and the industry overall. Hearing Sheryl's perspective of her journey defines the true philosophy of so many musicians. Pure enjoyment of this Audible special - would absolutely recommend for those who consider themselves creatives and/or musicians - love hearing her philosophy of the process and life journey of so many musicians and the industry overall.

  10. 5 out of 5

    D.G. Driver

    This was a great, short audiobook. I was a big fan of Crow in the nineties and sang a lot of her songs in a cover band. I loved that she focused on her career changes from start to now and not so much on her personal life. As a writer and singer, this was fascinating to me. I LOVED the acoustic versions of her songs throughout. I'm currently working on an audiobook project with music in it, so it was interesting to hear how well it worked to have songs interspersed throughout the narration. Defi This was a great, short audiobook. I was a big fan of Crow in the nineties and sang a lot of her songs in a cover band. I loved that she focused on her career changes from start to now and not so much on her personal life. As a writer and singer, this was fascinating to me. I LOVED the acoustic versions of her songs throughout. I'm currently working on an audiobook project with music in it, so it was interesting to hear how well it worked to have songs interspersed throughout the narration. Definitely worth a listen if you're a fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Doty

    This is the second Audible Original "Words & Music" I listened to this year (the other one being "Break Shot" by James Taylor), and overall I really enjoy this format--a short autobiography, narrated by the musician, interwoven with acoustic performances of some their most well-known songs. I've always liked Shery's Crow's music, and it was interesting to learn more about her background and life, including the fact that she has a teaching degree and a degree in classical piano, as well as the fac This is the second Audible Original "Words & Music" I listened to this year (the other one being "Break Shot" by James Taylor), and overall I really enjoy this format--a short autobiography, narrated by the musician, interwoven with acoustic performances of some their most well-known songs. I've always liked Shery's Crow's music, and it was interesting to learn more about her background and life, including the fact that she has a teaching degree and a degree in classical piano, as well as the fact that she sang backup to Michael Jackson and went on a world tour with him before she launched her solo career. I just didn't find her story and performance quite as compelling as James Taylor's. But I do hope Audible will continue to produce this type of content.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    When I started "The Last Train to London" last month, I was actually listening to it on Audible, but the narrator's voice was too stylistic for me, and I ordered the paperback book instead. I have discovered that I like Audible books that are read by the author, and autobiographies are my favorite. I have listened to Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime", Rainn Wilson's "The Bassoon King", and James Taylor's "Break Shot" on Audible, and have enjoyed them all. I can't really keep up with my Audible subscri When I started "The Last Train to London" last month, I was actually listening to it on Audible, but the narrator's voice was too stylistic for me, and I ordered the paperback book instead. I have discovered that I like Audible books that are read by the author, and autobiographies are my favorite. I have listened to Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime", Rainn Wilson's "The Bassoon King", and James Taylor's "Break Shot" on Audible, and have enjoyed them all. I can't really keep up with my Audible subscription. I get a new free credit every month, but I prefer reading to listening, with the exceptions noted above, so I don't do one a month. And when I finished "This Fight is Our Fight", I saw that Audible was offering Sheryl Crow's "Words + Music" for free, on top of my monthly freebie. But it fit my criteria, an autobiography read by the author, so I took it. It was only an hour and 37 minutes long (in the same neighborhood as James Taylor's), so I finished it in one session. Somehow I love hearing the backstory of people whom I've only known from their public professional lives. Hers was no exception. And as you probably know by now, if you've read my reviews, I don't try to summarize the books. These are about my personal reactions to them. So I will just touch on a few things that touched me. Her first big break was touring with Michael Jackson's troupe in 1987 to 1989. So many people have said that, his brilliant singing and performing aside, he was a child predator and a stunted personality that could not cope with the real world. Sheryl Crow saw him differently. She said that singing behind him, she always saw the damaged personality who was able to step into a sense of divinity when he was on stage. She had compassion for him, unlike so many others. She talks frankly about being sexually harassed on the road to fame (which she never really sought), about a number of relationships, including one with Eric Clapton, that never worked out, about her diagnosis of breast cancer, and about having adopted two boys, now teenagers. I did not know that she made her final album, "Threads", last year. She intersperses her story chapters with unplugged versions of some of the songs reflecting those times. It was an hour and 37 minutes well-spent.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    Perfection. I have adored this lady since the first time I heard “All I wanna Do” in the summer of ‘94 when I was in the Army. I was a French/Haitian Creole 97E Interrogator/Linguist/Interpreter assigned to a Special Ops Unit, PSYOP. After the leaflet I designed was dropped in Haiti and we invaded and took control of the country without a shot being fired or a person being killed, only the second time in History that this has occurred, someone in our unit was wise enough to check if we could boo Perfection. I have adored this lady since the first time I heard “All I wanna Do” in the summer of ‘94 when I was in the Army. I was a French/Haitian Creole 97E Interrogator/Linguist/Interpreter assigned to a Special Ops Unit, PSYOP. After the leaflet I designed was dropped in Haiti and we invaded and took control of the country without a shot being fired or a person being killed, only the second time in History that this has occurred, someone in our unit was wise enough to check if we could book the 10th Mountain Infantry Div. Band, who were also there, mostly pulling perimeter guard duty for our warehouse base camp. They were indeed bootable, so we had them booked for 2 pm every Sunday for the following 8 weeks. The one song I remember them playing every single time was: “All I Wanna Do!” Bless her heart, the singer was ever so slightly off key, but we sure as hell didn’t care. Music is such a comfort in trying times, and that half hour of live music every Sunday at 2 pm was priceless. I listened to this on Audible and Sheryl tells her story from childhood to the present and the different songs selected for each section highlight how she has drawn on her life experiences in writing her songs. She is one of the best singer/songwriters of my generation, if not the best. I know that I will listen to this again and again, picking up on different things upon each time I listen, just as I do with her songs over the years.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lida

    This was an interesting listen and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Sheryl Crow’s music since I haven’t been paying much attention (and she took a 5-year turn to country according to Wikipedia during the 2010’s) since the 2000’s. Sounds like there was a lot of turmoil and darkness in her life, but she has come through that and is at ease with her existence and has made peace with her relationships. It seemed at times as if she expected everyone to be up on the details of the drama in her life, This was an interesting listen and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Sheryl Crow’s music since I haven’t been paying much attention (and she took a 5-year turn to country according to Wikipedia during the 2010’s) since the 2000’s. Sounds like there was a lot of turmoil and darkness in her life, but she has come through that and is at ease with her existence and has made peace with her relationships. It seemed at times as if she expected everyone to be up on the details of the drama in her life, so I was wanting more context that was not to be had from Wikipedia, but perhaps a Google search may yield more info for those who, like me, are not as up on star news. The songs are performed stripped down/unplugged and are great.

  15. 4 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: Disclaimer from the outset - I’ve never been a fan of the music of Crow... I was on the grunge/rock side of the fence in the mid nineties, and I found the jingly jangly music of a talented and beautiful and tanned singer harder to relate to. I was here really as the series looked intriguing, and I enjoyed the approach of this from short form autobiography delivered alongside performed songs for context. Her life has had such a range of challenges, some of which we Reflections and lessons learned: Disclaimer from the outset - I’ve never been a fan of the music of Crow... I was on the grunge/rock side of the fence in the mid nineties, and I found the jingly jangly music of a talented and beautiful and tanned singer harder to relate to. I was here really as the series looked intriguing, and I enjoyed the approach of this from short form autobiography delivered alongside performed songs for context. Her life has had such a range of challenges, some of which were familiar but some a sad and difficult listen considering that it was on a world stage by this point - I still skipped some of the songs though

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laianna

    A really beautiful and candid look into Sheryl Crow’s life and music. She says that she was born with a sense of melancholy, and it’s evident in how that she speaks, writes and performs. I loved hearing her play acoustic versions of some of her biggest hits. Redemption Day gives me chills every time I hear it and Home is one of my personal favorites. I learned a lot about her career and after listening to this audiobook, I definitely added several new songs to my library. A must-listen for even A really beautiful and candid look into Sheryl Crow’s life and music. She says that she was born with a sense of melancholy, and it’s evident in how that she speaks, writes and performs. I loved hearing her play acoustic versions of some of her biggest hits. Redemption Day gives me chills every time I hear it and Home is one of my personal favorites. I learned a lot about her career and after listening to this audiobook, I definitely added several new songs to my library. A must-listen for even the casual Sheryl Crow fan.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ezechel

    Not a real book, more like a documentary film without video. She speaks, she sings, she sounds genuine and conversational, but I still had the feeling she was just answering questions from an interviewer we don't get to hear, rather that building her own narrative. I'm not sure that's what happened, but that's what she sounded like. Still a fun listen, especially because it's interrupted at appropriate moments with clips from her songs, in stripped down versions, living room style where she just Not a real book, more like a documentary film without video. She speaks, she sings, she sounds genuine and conversational, but I still had the feeling she was just answering questions from an interviewer we don't get to hear, rather that building her own narrative. I'm not sure that's what happened, but that's what she sounded like. Still a fun listen, especially because it's interrupted at appropriate moments with clips from her songs, in stripped down versions, living room style where she just sings and plays a piano or acoustic guitar - and she sounds great.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Dailie

    Narrated and sung by Sheryl Crow herself. Found myself liking her music more than I remembered, but then realized that the reading speed was at 1.3, so perhaps her style is a bit more laid-back than my preference, so the faster speed affected the singing as well. While I don't agree with every part of Sheryl's life philosophy, I respect her for her fight back into the music industry after being told she'll be shut out. If you like Sheryl Crow, this quick listen would help you have even more unders Narrated and sung by Sheryl Crow herself. Found myself liking her music more than I remembered, but then realized that the reading speed was at 1.3, so perhaps her style is a bit more laid-back than my preference, so the faster speed affected the singing as well. While I don't agree with every part of Sheryl's life philosophy, I respect her for her fight back into the music industry after being told she'll be shut out. If you like Sheryl Crow, this quick listen would help you have even more understanding behind her lyrics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful combination of storytelling and live music portrayed by the talented Sheryl Crow. She opens up about her early musical career in a vivid and personal way, bringing the reader/listener back to her roots as a back-up singer for Michael Jackson. She was so real in her delivery of stories that I felt like we were sitting somewhere sipping coffee together. I have even more respect for Sheryl Crow after hearing about her ups and downs in the music business.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Krista Lukas

    I’d like this audible original and it was familiar because I knew Sheryl Crow‘s songs, but I did not know much about her life. She tells about her life and it is interesting, but I think she took for granted that we would know all the other famous people she spoke of. I knew some of them, but if she were to redo this or if someone else is to do a program similar to this, I would suggest giving some context about who each person is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steven Murphy

    Sheryl Crow is a soulful songwriter and singer. Certainly will always be a fantastic name in rock/country and everything that's crossover. Words aren't her forte, but rather we take and absorb her passion through her speaking voice. Was surprised and intrigued to hear of her time with Michael Jackson on tour and the politics of that later. Luckily this is an audiobook, so I could her the nuance in her meanings. So, yay. Sheryl Crow is a soulful songwriter and singer. Certainly will always be a fantastic name in rock/country and everything that's crossover. Words aren't her forte, but rather we take and absorb her passion through her speaking voice. Was surprised and intrigued to hear of her time with Michael Jackson on tour and the politics of that later. Luckily this is an audiobook, so I could her the nuance in her meanings. So, yay.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mikey James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was actually quite a pleasantly surprising listen from Audible. Not quite sure why I pressed play. I’m not exactly the biggest Sheryl Crow fan, but glad I did. Despite not being a fan, I still knew all the songs she talked about and I’m always interested in hearing our songs came about. This made the afternoon walk enjoyable. I was so surprised to hear about her and Michael Jackson! Even her dating Eric Clapton!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This is part of the premium audible catalog so I listened to it for “free” tonight. It was an okay listen. There were a couple of interesting facts. I liked what she said about Johnny Cash. Really just a pretty average “talking about my music, career and inspirations” and “recording versions of my songs that don’t sound like they did when you liked them.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I enjoyed listening to Crow talk about her life and rise in the music industry. I have always liked her music, but never really delved much into it or her. This was an audible freebie, and I like hearing about people's lives, so I took a chance. I feel I have a new appreciation for both her and her music. Definitely worth a listen! I enjoyed listening to Crow talk about her life and rise in the music industry. I have always liked her music, but never really delved much into it or her. This was an audible freebie, and I like hearing about people's lives, so I took a chance. I feel I have a new appreciation for both her and her music. Definitely worth a listen!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hill

    Soulful! This artistry is so good that my husband and I stopped our Hurricane Sally clean up to sit and listen to the whole album/novel, not sure how to describe it, except to say I laughed, I cried, and I was left wanting more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I call this a program because it felt like an NPR special or some sort of radio storytime. It was a chance to slow down; to hear a compelling story with musical interludes. Truly enjoyable and just. good for the soul.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Allen

    I love the concept of these audible originals with musicians. This one started out a little slow, but after the first 10 minutes or so it really found its footing. I really enjoyed the insight and background into Sheryl Crow’s life and music. Definitely worth the listen!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen T

    4-1/2 stars! Sheryl Crow narrates her own story. She gives an inside look of her life & struggles. She takes you on her life journey through her ups & downs, while singing and playing acoustic guitar solos throughout her story. Definitely worth the listen!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Candice Jacobs

    This short audiobook gives you a look into the life of Sheryl Crow. The obstacles she went through to make her dream come true. I learned a lot about her listening to this book. Great listen especially the songs she sings.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    This was a deep inside the world of Sheryl Crow - her beginnings, well more than one 'beginning.' The music industry is tough for women. I hope it's getting better these days with the 'Me Too' movement. She plays and sings several songs. Learned a lot I didn't know. This was a deep inside the world of Sheryl Crow - her beginnings, well more than one 'beginning.' The music industry is tough for women. I hope it's getting better these days with the 'Me Too' movement. She plays and sings several songs. Learned a lot I didn't know.

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