Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me

A candid and down-to-earth collection of essays by five-time, Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, exploring her life in song; raw, evocative, and utterly unforgettable.Sara Bareilles shot to fame in 2007 with her hit single; Love Song, and her more recent chart-topping hit; Brave, but her journal as a songwriter started long before. In this candid book of essays, Sara pulls back the curtain to expose her songwriting process, ...

Details Sounds Like Me

TitleSounds Like Me
Release DateOct 6th, 2015
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Music, Biography

Reviews Sounds Like Me

  • Lola
    There is quite a lot of singing in this audiobook. Thank goodness Sara has a lovely voice. This is an unconventional memoir, because although Sara does talk about growing up, her failures and successes, it is very heavy on music as main theme, with Sara explaining how she came to write some of her most well-known songs and those important to her. Seeing that I'm not a ''fan'' of this singer per se, although I do think she is talented for sure, I ...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Actual rating 4.5 stars.This was a great memoir. If you are a fan of Sara, this book is a gem.I remember when I got Sarah's album "Little Voice" in my sophomore year of college. I was transformed, moved and inspired. Sara was one of my first delves into the world of indie-pop-folk singer-songwriters. She was definitely one of the first females I listened to from this genre. I connected with her music on a molecular level and I belted out her song...
  • Joe
    How do you hype your favorite media (be it book, band, TV show, movie or whatever)? Do you shout from the mountain tops to all who will listen? Do you seek out a sympathetic friend or loved-one and beg their indulgence? Or perhaps it's enough to display your fandom through memorabilia or casual reference; give others the option to unleash your enthusiasm.My chosen hype-method is a a book review; my subject is Sara Bareilles. Sara is a musical art...
  • Luce
    5 Stars for the book and narrator! Confession - I'm a Sara Bareilles fan. You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this book, but it might help. If you don't know who Sara Bareilles is, she is a singer songwriter and a few of her hits include Love Song, Gravity, Brave and She Used to be Mine. I had a 4 hour car drive ahead of me and Sara's audio-autobiography was about 4 hours. Perfect!Sara narrates and sings! Her narration is excellent. Actually it f...
  • Rose
    It took me way too long to read this book (but you know what, I can take comfort in the fact that it took Sara several years to write eight essays and only several days for me to read this one because of having a major case of epic book hopping syndrome). I really enjoyed it - Sara has such a distinct voice, both in her writing and her music. This was a great insight into her life and work, albeit brief. Also, has a great introduction by Ben Fold...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I bought this in the bookstore on a kind of whim--I always expected I would read it at some point, but not necessarily this soon. Immediately there was some sort of voice in my head saying, "Patti Smith and Carrie Brownstein both put out music memoirs this fall, and you bought Sara Bareilles's memoir instead???" I have no idea who this snobby voice belonged to and it was extremely irritating. Besides, I like Sara Bareilles. I like her music, I th...
  • Kimberly Russell
    I've walked away from this book an even bigger fan than before. Absolutely loved it.
  • Lianna
    ** A Copy of Sounds Like Me was provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review **I’ve been a fan of Sara Bareilles for years, probably since I first heard Love Song but certainly after I got my hands on a copy of her debut album. Sara instantly rocketed to my top five favorite singer/songwriters because she so easily embodied what I love best about music (and what I feel the deepest connection to) and that’s the abil...
  • Becca
    With the exception of her anthemic “Brave," I’ve not heard much of Sara Bareilles’ music, so I wasn’t sure whether this autobiography would appeal to me. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised. Bareilles writes from deep in her heart. Her vulnerability makes her likable and relatable, even to someone like me who is old enough to be her mother. The book is part confession, part advice, part story-telling, part tell-all about the pop music busines...
  • ChapterOne
    So I had gotten this song called "Gonna get over you" by Sara Bareilles on iTunes a few years ago. I have played that song to death on my phone. Still love it. I didn't even know she'd written a book. I love her song Brave too. And how had I never heard Gravity?? She starts each chapter with a song. And of course I started each chapter by listening to the songs on YouTube. I love how she's stayed true to who she is - a singer song writer, not a g...
  • Janine
    I loved this book, and I love this woman. Like, for real. Sounds Like Me somehow caught me completely unaware. I knew about the book, knew I wanted to read it, but had NO IDEA how much it would mean to me when I did. I've been on a bit of an autobiography kick lately for whatever reason, and I've honestly enjoyed the others as well. But Bareilles is in a league of her own as far as I'm concerned.That being said, I'm having a hard time articulatin...
  • Hurricanekerrie
    The best thing about this book is that because it sounds like you're talking to an old friend over coffee (or whisky, no judgments here), it never sounds preachy. Instead, Sara Bareilles tells you about her very personal experiences that end up resonating with the reader because human experiences are both unique and all-encompassing like that. It's comforting to know that these people who inspire us are really just like us, who feel our same pain...
  • Jeanne
    Fantastic! I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by Sarah herself (as well as a few other people reading their contributions to the book, including Ben Fold reading his forewords). I love when author's narrate their own audiobooks, but with this book it feels essential to understanding Sarah's work and the often intangible magic of music. This book is a collection of essays, each tied to one of Sarah's songs. She sings each song, a c...
  • Sonja
    I really enjoyed this. I felt like it was a lot more personal than some other autobiographies I've read recently, and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Sara's mind. I've adored her work for years, from her pop music to Waitress, and it was great reading more about it. I also loved the guest chapters that gave a little bit of an outside perspective on her, particularly the one that Jack Antonoff wrote. I just love Sara Bareilles a whole lot.
  • Alexa
    I absolutely adore Sara Bareilles. These essays she wrote and shared with the world made me love her even more. It's always so cool to be able to have such a pleasurable experience learning more about someone I admire, and it's also managed to inspire me in ways I didn't expect. Thank you for sharing your stories, Sara.
  • Kayla
    This is a must read for any Sara fans! I loved learning the stories behind some of her songs, knowing she has struggled with her image too, and all through her witty, loveable way! :) She'll always be one of my favorites.
  • Kristy
    My favorite musician and this is an amazing book. I didn't think I could love her any more but after reading this I feel even more connected to the beautiful music she makes!!
  • Peach
    2.5 Honestly, this was unnecessary.I don't read too many memoirs. I used to obsessively read the autobiographies of rockstars and Riot Grrrls (i.e. Cherie Currie, Scott Weiland), but after awhile those stories bored me. They were filled with the same clichés. Bashing others. Unsold records. Heartbreak. Some still are. And to an extent, Sara's is.Sara Barielles is a musician. Obviously. Her biggest hit to-date is "Love Song", which originated bec...
  • Angie
    I don't know.. I just didn't get what a lot of other reviewers got from this book. It was meh to me. I'm not a super fan of Bareilles, I do like her music though. Someone loaned this book to me thinking it would be something I liked. It wasn't a bad book just a book where I was like... who cares. We learn about Sara's life. Growing up, her body image, how she ended up being a song writer. But I didn't feel like I took anything from this book. I d...
  • Josh Castleberry
    Beautiful and introspective, this book made me feel warm and inspired. I've always loved Sara's music, but I now find an even bigger place for it in my heart. Little Voice, an album I didn't listen to as much as Kaleidoscope Heart (my favorite) or The Blessed Unrest, now speaks to me in a way it hadn't before. I spent the time reading this book also listening to her music and finding new ways to fall in love with it. Especially Gravity. It's incr...
  • Christa Harmon
    I finished this in the span of two hours because I was so enthralled by Sara Bareilles. I've been listening to her music for years, and if I felt like some of her songs were part of the general soundtrack for my life before, it's even more true now.There is so much truth and authenticity in these essays, so much vulnerability and relatable heartbreak. It's amazing to feel like you can see inside the world of someone who is so publicly accessible,...
  • Ley
    “Things evolve into other things. Emotions do the same. Forever. Your best ally in all of these shifting seas is your faith in the fact that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Stay put. Stay soft. Stay gentle and kind. Listen to your instincts. Meditate. Pray. Laugh as much as humanly possible. Pain is okay too. Say thank you for all of it."
  • Jenni
    Oh wow - I loved this audio book. I have always liked Sara Bareilles, but now I'm a little obsessed with her. This memoir is suprisingly honest and real, yet also humorous and insightful. Her narration adds so much to the telling, and she even sings before every chapter. I absolutely devoured it.
  • Karen Foster
    Super fast audiobook listen.... I loved how each chapter started with an a-cappella version of one of her songs, relating to the life stories she tells. I really love her song writing, but the memoir itself was a little was heartfelt and charming, just not super memorable.
  • Robin
    Bareilles joins the ranks of young female celebrities who have penned a collection of candid essays about their lives so far. Each chapter is headlined by a song she's written and goes on to describe the creation of the song along with honest (and sometimes humorous) discussion about what was going on in her life at the time. Since I read this in preparation in seeing her star in Waitress, the Broadway show for which she wrote the songs, that par...
  • Simone
    🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars✔ a book based on a real personThis was like a cosy and comforting hug in book form. Sara is incredibly talented and hard working. The essays were enlightening and encouraging, although a bit of a mellow read (I had just read Rose’s contentious memoir 😂)Such beautiful design though (typesetting, stock, art direction 🙌🏼) 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars✔️ a book based on a real personThis was like a cosy and comf...
  • Dave
    Disclaimer: Sara is my favorite musician - past or present. She could rewrite the phone book and sing it, and she would already have three stars from me. So, it should be no surprise that this book earned one of my coveted five star reviews. So, the reader of this review may surmise that it is biased, lacking the impartiality of a fan. Maybe, maybe not. But, read to the end and be the judge for yourself.My first experience with Sara's music was s...
  • Jamie
    (4.5) I have a special admiration for women who are authentic and real (see review of Becoming), so naturally I love Sara Bareilles. I actually went to Eureka High School at the same time she did and saw her perform in "Little Shop of Horrors" there, though was shocked when I heard "Love Song" on the radio and realized it was her; high school seemed like a long, long time ago. What I loved about her memoir is that she is as honest and forthcoming...
  • Katie
    Dear Sara, Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. Thank you for the laughs and the tears and the stories that made me feel like someone else understands and I'm not alone. Thank you for the inspiration you give us, not just through this book, but through your music. You are magnificent and beautiful. Love, Katie
  • Steph Dressler
    Genuine, Heartfelt, Relatable. If you love Sara B you’ll love it.