If you’ve read this blog before, you probably know that among the performance jobs I pursue is book narration. In that job, I get the chance to read many books I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up at the bookstore. When I read a book strictly for personal pleasure, I tend to go for a good mystery or a fascinating bit of non-fiction. Celebrity autobiographies aren’t usually on my list. That’s why getting to narrate ME, Ricky Martin’s memoir, is such a change of pace for me.
Although I only began studio sessions on the book last week, it’s already an interesting endeavor. While not a rabid fan, I definitely enjoy Ricky Martin’s music quite a bit. I’ve also seen an odd interview of him here and there as he’s been in the public eye for almost his entire life. Reading the book is very much like hearing him speak. It has a definite conversational style and evokes a feeling of Ricky bringing the reader into his confidence as he shares his life story with you.
I’m not done reading ME yet, so there is more about Ricky Martin that this reader has to learn. But it’s an easy, enjoyable read. And while this isn’t a tell-all expose’ exactly, there have already been a few stories that were unexpected. Anyone who is a Ricky Martin fan should certainly find it an enjoyable book.
Here’s what publisher Celebra/Penguin Group (USA) says about the book and author:
International superstar, Ricky Martin, who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin’ la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world and becoming a father. Me is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic pop-stars of our time.
Joining Latin pop group Menudo at the age of 12 as lead singer, Martin had scored countless #1 singles globally prior to making his mark in the US with his worldwide hit, “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Throughout his 25-year musical career, he has sold over 60 million albums and has won numerous GRAMMY awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Awards. Martin is also a devoted humanitarian, having established The Ricky Martin Foundation. He lives between Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.