“I imagined everything. I never thought it would happen,” writes Keith Richards in his memoir, Life. And the book is full of life and energy; it may take a few pages to get used to the informal, conversational style, but then the reading becomes effortless as you become absorbed in Richards’ story of his youth and his long life with the Rolling Stones. He writes about songwriting, working with Mick Jagger, touring and recording, and personal stories as well. Richards remembers far more than one might reasonably expect, and has a fresh, humorous, matter-of-fact tone throughout much of the book. At times poetic, at times funny, Life is an excellent read full of new material for Stones fans. The audiobook, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley, is also excellent (it won the Audio Publishers Association’s Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011).