Friday, 23 August 2013

Audiobook Review: Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) by Jamie Scallion

Title: Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries)
Author: Jamie Scallion
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Publication Date: 16th August 2013

Tell Me About It
A winner, a loser, a leader, a loner. The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries. One Mission: To be the biggest band on the planet. When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, he is forced to assemble a quartet of teenage opposites. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just for Burt's sake. Egg has spent his life on the outside looking in, Tea needs to evade a tough future, and Clipper wants more than a fast track to football academy.
When Egg reveals his song-writing genius, the only way is up.... But can they function as a band? Who will win the race to sign them? And who will win the girl? Embodying the reality of This is England and the fun of The Inbetweeners, follow our band on a rollercoaster ride of chaotic gigs, hissy fits, and dirty tricks. The listener can truly live and breathe their experience as the chapters come with an accompanying music track for an entirely new, multilayered experience.
Told from the perspective of the four band members, we discover what it's really like being in a band, and through their candid diary entries, their emails and lively narrative scenes, we find out what the characters think of one another as they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

My Thoughts
I can honestly say I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one.  When I was contacted about reviewing Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I had not heard anything about the book or the author, after doing some quick research, quick because one glance at the synopsis had me wanting to read the book, I quickly replied with a big YES PLEASE.  From the minute I began listening to Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I was hooked.  Making It is the perfect audiobook, with an excellent narrator, background noises (traffic, typing, rustling bushes), and even music to go with the songs being written and played by the band.  There is so much about this audiobook that I am going to split my review into different sections in order to give each component its best review.  The additional bonus of having background noises only enhanced the story that much more.

The Story
The story has a way of instantly drawing you in.  Each member of the band has their own sections in the chapters so we get to hear all sides of the story and how they feel about each other.  We get to see how four completely different lads can somehow make a band work.  Granted it's all in aid of Bert getting the girl he wants, but it soon ends up being about working together against the odds. having belief in yourself and your ability, and the hard truth about the real world.  Jamie Scallion has done an amazing job of showing the reality of a dream and how hard you have to work to achieve it. When the book was coming to an end I almost threw my iPod, but thankfully there was a 'Bonus Song' which took us off one cliff, and put us down on another. I need to find out what happens next right now!!!!!!!!

The Narrator
The narrator of Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) is Jamie Scallion himself, and he really makes it come alive.  He portrays the personalities of each band member to perfection, and I quickly found myself making a list of who I liked and didn't like.  Jamie has a way of drawing the listener in and making it vary hard for them to stop.

The Songs
This book needs its own soundtrack.  The songs played throughout the book need to be full length and downloadable on iTunes.  They are so catchy and addictive, once they stop you have them stuck in your head for hours afterwards.  There needs to be a petition or something to get this in action.  Below is a demo of the songs played throughout the book, you need to listen to them.

Make sure to check out the links above to the website for The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries, you get to download the first few chapters free, and get the chance to listen to a clip of the audiobook.


  1. Excellent post! I have a question :)I'm venezuelan and my english is bad hahahaha.. I want to know where I can get the songs that are in the demo? and how many chapters have the book? thank you and sorry for my english :D

    1. As far as I know they aren't available as full songs. I'm not sure how many chapters are in the book as I listened to the audiobook and didn't read an actual book, so I tend not to keep track of chapters, just what's in them.

  2. Hey Michelle, Jamie Scallion here. Me and the Script boys love this blog. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen. Ana, 13 Chapters. Songs in the demo are on soundcloud or our site. Be good.


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