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The uncensored and long-awaited life story of radio’s most notorious shock jock, Anthony Cumia.

Today, Anthony Cumia is the co-host of the wildly popular “Anthony Cumia Show,” which live-streams to a huge following of paid subscribers; however, Anthony is most well-known from the legendary, nationally syndicated “Opie and Anthony Show.” Permanently Suspended is an all-access pass to the controversial mayhem that ensued on-and-off the air.

A must-listen for all diehard O&A fans, Permanently Suspended finally answers the questions that everyone has been waiting for: What really happened between Opie and Anthony? What was the reasoning behind the multiple firings? What prompted the tweeting about the Times Square NYC incident? What is the true account of the controversial allegations? What are the never-before-revealed details of Anthony’s stint in rehab? What does the future hold for his livestream podcast? These questions, and many more, will be answered.

Permanently Suspended is a humorous, no-holds-barred account of the legendary career and life of Anthony Cumia - a blue collar guy who made his dreams come true, rising above all obstacles to become one of the most well-known and successful personalities in radio history.

©2018 Anthony Cumia (P)2018 Anthony Cumia

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Great Listen, Great Story, Great Man.

Being from Ireland, I only discovered O&A shortly before the end of the show’s lifespan in 2014, although through listening to all of the outrageously hilarious stunts, gags and regular shows from over the years, I am fascinated to learn more about both Opie and Anthony, and of course Lil Jimmy Norton too. This book is greatly narrated by Anthony, he sounds just like he did on the radio, and how he does doing the Compound Media shows, while keeping the same brash whit and tone that he is famous for, even laughing after some lines. Cumia pulls no punches when talking about the rocky relationships he has had throughout his life, both personal and professional. I would listen to this book many times over as this man has had a wonderful, interesting and storied life on his journey from rags to riches. Thank you Anthony, for sharing the story of your life, and long may your success continue.

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Incredibly lazy, full of lies, and no new insight

As a huge o&a fan, I was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, you can get a more accurate and in-depth look into his life and character from YouTube videos. There’s actually an amazing five hour documentary of him which I found to be far, far more in depth and interesting, as ironically, it’s not censored like his book. This book was like Anthony (or whoever he hired) went through all the available content online, and put his life anecdotes in chronological order; I swear a lot of it is almost word for word from the way he told the stories back on air. This was easy to spot as I was revisiting old shows and going through the book simultaneously during an unhealthy o&a binge. He also twists details, and flat out omits the most interesting aspects that I was looking forward to hearing!!! I felt a little cheated. I was a huge fan, and I still did enjoy hearing him talk (he has a good voice, he should do radio), but very little new info is gleaned here....there is no way I could honestly recommend this book. If you are a die hard Anthony fan and don’t mind listening to the stories you’ve probably heard before, then it should be good. If you’re new, I urge you to watch “Anthony Cumia’s Demented World” on youtube instead... It isn’t filtered at all, and is brutally honest -something I was hoping this book would be, but sadly was the opposite. Or do what I did and listen to both. Definitely watch/listen to the doc first though... it is a TRIP!! Sometimes telling your own story isn’t the most accurate and uncensored.

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epic

absolute rollercoaster of a life. big fan of the o and a days . bigger fan on the Anthony cumia show. epic

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Classic Cumia

I was worried about buying this audio book because I’ve listened to Cumia talking for countless hours and thought it might be a waste of money to listen to him talk about things that he’s probably already talked about on radio. I shouldn’t have been worried it was fucking hilarious and covered lots of things from a different angle. Totally worth the money.

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Heard alot before but top quality

Awesome book great to have all these stories in one place although alot has been discussed on air over the years so not much knew if you're a diehard fan

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  • Richard Chciuk
  • 27-12-18

Nothing new here

If you were a fan of the Opie and Anthony show, then you've heard all of these stories before. In fact, you've heard far more entertaining versions of these stories. For years Anthony claimed that he would write a "tell all" book, and maybe one day he will, but this certainly isn't it. The book flows terribly as Anthony skips between years with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Every now and then Anthony will slip into an impression, and that's when the book is at its funniest. However, these instances are few and far between. I would tell even the most die hard O&A fan to skip this vanity project.

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  • gabe buzzard
  • 07-01-19

amazing!

it was as great as I had hoped! Anthony did not disappoint in this amazing book about his life!

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  • William Watts
  • 29-12-18

Thats it?

I had been a listener since the early Opie and Anthony days on XM in 2004. I stuck with the show right up until the time it all fell apart. the stories in this book for the most part are all stories that most listeners have already heard. Where are all the behind-the-scenes stories? how about some insight on the things listeners weren't privy to at the time? Don't get this book expecting the whole story it's a Reader's Digest version it best, very disappointed.

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  • Jay Triplett
  • 05-01-19

Anthony at his finest.

loved it. couldn't stop listening. Anthony was funny, humble and self deprecating all at the same time.

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  • Brandon Baker
  • 12-12-18

Great

This is a great book for any fan of anthony or the opie and anthony show

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  • cgonzo
  • 09-12-18

I didn’t want this book to end!

I don’t know how I found old Opie and Anthony bits on YouTube, but I immediately fell in love with Anthony Cumia, having never heard of him before. His stories, his quick humor, and his boisterous rants are some of the greatest things I’ve ever heard. For O&A fans, many of this book has been discussed in previous shows and interviews, but Mr. Cumia has a way of telling stories that captivates me time and time again. I am forever a fan.

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  • mike
  • 08-12-18

Mr Misunderstood

I’ve Beene a listener and fan since syndication in Las Vegas. I was actually the first caller from Las Vegas. The show was so compelling that I felt I had to call in for the first time ever on any radio show and let the guys know Vegas was loving them. Having bee in trouble at work myself, and being misunderstood while explaining the situation, I can relate to Anthony’s situation. Hearing him explain his life’s experience in this book brought many many hours of entertainment and brought back memories of me mowing my lawn and listening to bits I heard live Thanks Anthony

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  • John Kulak
  • 06-12-18

awesome story

I listened to this in one sitting I have always liked Anthony and have been listening since he was on WYSP in Philadelphia. it's a shame he and Opie are no longer together and this story really explains a lot about his rise to fame! the story kept me very interested and I will listen to it again.

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  • Rodney
  • 06-12-18

Fantastic

I started listening to O&A the first day they started on XM having heard their name before but having never heard of them, but instantly became a huge fan and went many many years without missing a show. I've followed Anthony to Compound Media from day 1 as well. So with that said going into this book I was wonder if it would just be a rehash of the stories I've heard before and if I'd get bored or not. Well, many of the stories, except some details about the last few years, was stuff I've mostly heard before - but there are some new tidbits I haven't heard before. However Anthony is so incredibly entertaining I listen again knowing the outcome, and I'm completely enthralled. The book flew by, in fact my only wish about the book is that it was much much longer and had more detail, but I also understand the dullards out there can't listen to anything for more than 6-8 hours so you have to shorten these things up for them. But saying you wish something was longer because you enjoyed it so much, that's not a bad thing. As for Anthony I was glad to see this really wasn't a total Opie bash. I know many of the keyboard warriors out there hate Opie, and I completely understand why Anthony and him had their falling out, but I'm also glad that Opie got what I thought was very fair treatment. Anthony doesn't go soft on Opie by any means, but it's just fair, in that he says what Opie did well and how he did have a really important job on the show, even if Opie never was comfortable with it and let the pests get to him. Anthony himself reads the book and thankfully it's not a straight reading of the book, Anthony throws in some stuff here and there, does impressions (I swear you'd think they was the real people), they leave in some laughs when it makes sense, etc. I have nearly 1000 audiobooks at this point, and as far as an author reading his own book, I'd say this is probably at the top of the list. Production value was fine, sometimes they'd hard cut Anthony laughing or do a chapter pause in a way that you think the app crashed or something, but for the most part it was fine, but didn't really take away from the reading. Overall I really enjoyed the book, easily a 5-star effort, and for a first book it's really well done.

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  • Ronnie M. Greher
  • 08-01-19

Fantastic! Ignore the poor reviews

As a longtime O&A listener, as well a loyal Anthony Cumia and A&A/TACS listener I was very hesitant to get this book. While I knew a good deal of the contents of this book, there were plenty of details that we either filled in or made more clear. Even if you think you know all things Anthony, this book is still quite enjoyable and revealing. Anthony does an excellent job reading it, and I feel like I got new insight into things like his arrest, SM firing, Jill Nicollini thing, and more. Anthony gives many details, yet keeps things classy as much as possible. He gives Opie the credit that e deserves, and provides a well rounded history of their 2 decade relationship. Skip the negative reviews, and get ready for a great listen. I may actually listen to this one again. After listening to this book, I wound up resubscribing to Compound Media for a regular dose of Anthony and Dave.

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