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My Life with Deth

Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock and Roll
Narrated by: David Ellefson
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Faith, hope, and heavy metal

In My Life with Deth, cofounder and bassist of Megadeth David Ellefson reveals the behind-the-scenes details of life in one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands. If you're looking for revelations, they're here, including the drug habits that brought the band members to their knees. You'll learn of David's unsuccessful attempts at rehab and the period when he was strung out on methadone, cocaine, and heroin - all at the same time.

But My Life with Deth is far more than just another memoir of debauchery. Ellefson also shares the story of his faith journey, which began when he decided his only choice for survival was to get free from his addiction. In his recovery, he returned to his childhood roots in the Lutheran church and embraced his Christianity, which continues to inform his life and work today.

In the pages of this book, you'll find insightful comments from some of the biggest names in heavy metal, along with life lessons for every listener. Whether religious or not, you'll be enthralled, informed, and inspired by this tell-all book on discovering meaning in a life of rock and roll.

©2013 Howard Books (P)2014 David Ellefson

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Too much Good Orderly Direction

I love the history of Megadeth, and loved Dave Mustaine's book, but there was too many god references in this one for me.

Don't get me wrong, I still think Megadeth are awesome, and for me personally, always were the best of the big 4, and I still have a lot of respect for Mustaine and Ellefson, but as someone who believes in nothing more than nature, and no "higher beings" I found the references to lines from the bible a bit to much like a Dot Cotton autobiography.

Fair play to David Ellefson though, he does not pretend to be something he is not. He wears his heart on his Sleeve, and he clearly truly believes in his God. It was certainly interesting hearing David telling us how he met Mustaine and joined Megadeth.

What I did like, was that David narrates the book himself, which is the only thing I wish Mustaine had done in his book (which I highly recommend).

To sum up, if you are interested in David Ellefson, and his lifes journey with and without Megadeth, his addictions, and then sobriety, and of course his faith, then this book is for you.
If however you are looking for more in depth info about the history of Megadeth, then Dave Mustaine's book is definitely the one to go for.

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Pastor Dave tells all?

I was a little worried that this book might be , understandably, coloured by Dave obviously passionately held beliefs. By half way through I thought I'd got away with it , a fairly in-depth account of Megadeth's beginnings and trials and tribulations of life on the road. Towards the end this all de rails and Dave tells of life outside the and and to be perfectly honest , I lost all interest, the in and out of seminary study etc are not what I wanted to read.

So maybe the issue is with me, if you want a story of a man's fall from grace and eventual redemption by his saviour this I'm sure is a great read,

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  • Norman Pleisch
  • 25-01-15

Informative and inspiring

Dave writes with honesty and conviction. He tore down the wall between religion and heavy metal. This is an eye opener. Great read and great listen to. I love the fact that he reads his own story for the Audible edition.

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  • James Figlo
  • 28-12-14

MEGA Life! Music, Passion and Faith!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a huge Megadeth fan! I didn't know what to expect from the book, but wanted to hear it in his own words! I read along with the book as I listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed it. I totally recommend this book to Megadeth fans and music lovers because David Ellefson gives a human perspective to what it is really like being in a heavy metal band. It is not all sex, drugs and rock n roll (even though you are surrounded by it). It is also hard work, sacrifice and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish in your life/band. Mustaine had the vision David Ellefson had the discipline and work ethic to help Megadeth reach its goal. This book teaches life lessons everyone can apply to their owns lives and the book is easily relate-able no matter who you are. We all struggle with sin, and making the right decision. No one is perfect, but each day is an opportunity to make the right decision and David shows that through his life experiences.

What other book might you compare My Life with Deth to and why?

This book can be compared to other autobiographies of rock stars. It is a first hand experience of what happened in the beginning, middle and present of the band with some inside perspective.

What about David Ellefson’s performance did you like?

David does a great job of telling his experience in the band and how he fell and picked himself back up again in his life. What I truly applaud him for is he never once bad mouths anyone in this book. He never complains or makes you think he is bitter. He admits at times, he was upset and not fun to be arund, but he does it in a way that keeps it classy and respectable. He is very honest with himself and to the reader. He talks about his addiction and his recovery. You don't have to be an addict to relate to his story, nor do you have to be a die hard Christian., He just tells you that good, orderly direction (G.O.D)can help you get through obstacles in your life and unfavorable situations. He doesn't preach, he talks to you through his thoughts and scriptures in the Bible that we can all learn from. He talks a lot about his faith, but it is a huge part of his life so you have to respect that. It was a fun read and enjoyable to listen to his calming voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Trust"

Just like the Megadeth song in their album "Cryptic Writings"

I named it this because you need to trust in God and yourself.

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David Ellefson's book was uplifting, motivating and gives me hope. Like most musicians that go through a downward spiral after getting kicked out of a band, David regroups and focuses on what is important. His sobriety, family and faith. He gets pushed up against a wall and fights back. He is an example that being a good person, having humility adn faith can get you through any challenge in life. I will be a fan of Megadeth for life and I look forward to see what the future holds for David Ellefson and Megadeth!!!!

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  • Jimbo
  • 25-04-20

Won't load

I bought this audio book and it keeps saying won't load try later. I'm .not happy.

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  • Dan McCarney
  • 17-04-20

pretty good a little short

definitely interesting to hear the history of megadeth from the other daves view. his story to become a rockstar and getting sober is very inspiring. im not a jesus freak and i appreciate that ellefson doesnt shove his beliefs down your throat like other diehard religious people. audio does get jumbled up a bit during the risk era but maybe thats just my copy. overall great book

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  • Larry Stover
  • 19-10-19

The life story told by the man himself

As a bass player myself, I really enjoyed the sharing of David's life experiences. This book is very inspirational on many levels. I have met few people with a more constantly positive attitude about life than David Ellefson. You can be a non musician and a non metal head and still carry great things away from reading this book.

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  • james wray
  • 03-10-19

Kinda underwhelming

I love David Ellefson but I kinda struggled to get through this book. Was hoping for more.

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  • Tommy Russell
  • 03-10-19

yes, it's great

can honestly say that I have always been a mega Metallica fan and never got into megadeth. amazingly after reading this book I started at youtube to get familiar with the megadeth catalogue. I feel that I have robbed my youth of not being connected to the band. I blame Dave for not writing this book earlier. well written and informative and a great testimony of sobriety and finding God. certainly well versed in the AA mindset that has salvaged so many. great job...

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  • Bean
  • 04-08-19

Couldn't get through it

Subpar narration, and not enough content for a book. Eay too much filler. I couldn't get through it.

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  • Jeffery W. Vosahlo
  • 07-05-19

Awesome read that all should read.

loved the book. love Megadeth, so happy for them. thank you gentlemen!! thank you again

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  • Seller of the used item
  • 12-04-19

An amazing story!

if you are a metal fan like I am, you need to listen to this gentleman performing such a great experience telling his story. I love this guy! I have learned a lot from his words.