This book had been highlighted in the media for years and I had never gotten around to reading it. When I noticed that it was on Audible I just had to add it to my list and I am so glad I did. RESPECT hooks you from the introduction, and shows you The Queen of Soul from the perspective of those around her instead of the prim and proper way she wanted to be perceived. Rather than focusing on her raw talent and success the book discusses her challenges, her self esteem issues and her trouble with relationships both romantic and not, adding a level of humanity to the legend. When discussing how talented and exceptional Aretha was her family and peers discuss how she never believed the praise, even quoting “When Aretha looks in the mirror she sees a totally different woman than everyone else does.” a line that shook me to my core. To think a woman held at such esteem could feel insignificant was shocking. This book is very cut and dry and does not tiptoe around coarse language or discussing the tough issues. All in all the book was very well written and I would definitely recommend picking it up at your local bookstore or downloading it on Audible. It was honestly the fastest sixteen hours of my life.