Karma: My Autobiography

Dreamscape Media. Jan. 2024. 7:41 hrs. ISBN 9781666656244. $17.99. MEMOIR
Boy George’s latest self-narrated memoir (after Take It Like a Man), accompanied by two new original songs, is a treat for devoted fans. The autobiography showcases the author’s passion for fashion and art almost as prominently as his musical journey. Unfortunately, the text is disorganized, meandering chronologically and thematically, making it difficult for listeners to find their footing. Additionally, the memoir assumes listeners’ familiarity with Boy George’s references and provides minimal context for those unfamiliar with his history. Despite the narrative’s scattered nature, a recurring theme emerges: a message of self-acceptance and embracing others as they are. The clarity of his love for family, particularly his mother, adds a heartfelt touch. Disappointingly, the artist’s narration doesn’t elevate the listening experience. Instead of being a dynamic performance, it feels like he is merely reading the text with occasional reactions and charming chuckles. While his cheeky attitude occasionally surfaces, these glimpses are too infrequent to make the audiobook truly engaging.
VERDICT The lackluster narration and sparse insights make this audio a necessary purchase only for dedicated fans.
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