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Professional Idiot

A Memoir
Length: 10 hrs
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Summary

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen “Steve-O” Glover wouldn’t do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds.

As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous.

Steve-O has been a man in search of a spotlight practically since birth. Growing up all over the world, thanks to his father’s career as a corporate executive, he was the kid who’d drink handfuls of salt in order to make friends. After he stole a video camera from his dad as a teenager, his future path was more or less sealed. Footage of himself skateboarding soon gave way to footage of himself setting his hair on fire or doing back flips off apartment buildings into shallow pools. After detours to several hospitals, a couple of jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he landed, quite naturally, on MTV’s Jackass, in 2000.

He took to fame like it was the very thing missing from his life, but it was never enough. He filled the void with booze and drugs, and soon began treating his entire life like it was one big—and supremely risky—stunt.

In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood apartment, where he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed drugs around the clock—and began broadcasting his downward spiral on the Internet. Finally, his Jackass comrade, Johnny Knoxville, and seven other friends staged an intervention and forced him into a psychiatric ward against his will, ultimately saving his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction and the path to recovery and redemption with the same bravado and humor that have endeared Steve-O to so many. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot will entertain those who’ve been with him on his many wild rides, as well as surprise and intrigue those who know him only as the guy willing to do anything—no matter how painful—for a laugh.

©2011 Ballbag, Inc. f/s/o Stephen Glover. (P)2011 Hyperion

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Good but sneaky marketing, Steve-o doesn't narrate after chapter 3!!! Misleading

I'm not far into this and it's good but don't be fooled into thinking steve-o narrates the whole book, pretty annoying that not far into the book , he announces he has other stuff to do and from then on he wouldn't be narrating!! Very strange and for me , all the best audible books are narrated by the actual person who's written it, this spoils it , was a lot more into when Steve-o himself was recounting his story

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you can't but love steve-o!

Love this book!!

As a big 'Jackass' fan back in the day Steveo was always my favourite! not sure what it was about him but he was always so much fun to watch and you could tell he loved what he did! I knew the boys seemed pretty wild but had absolutely no idea of what went on behind the scenes.

Recently I came across a YouTube video of a documentary steve-o had done and downloaded this book! I was absolutely blown away by his life story and the fact that he had relied so much on drugs and alcohol!

I'm so so happy he had come out the other side to tell his story!! He is an absolute legend, an inspiration to people who live with addiction and seems like a genuinely lovely person! Overall a great read

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Great audiobook but where did steveo go?

One of the most brutally honest audiobooks I've ever listened too. I'm not a big steveo or jackass fan but decided to listen to the audiobook impulsively and was hooked.
Steve is a lot smarter than I gave him credit for and surprisingly articulate. Getting friends and family to recount their experiences was a great touch.
The only negative was Steve giving up on reading the book early on and getting someone else with a slightly nauseating voice to do it.

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sex and drugs without the rock and roll

I'm happy Steve came through it all but the story lacked any real entertainment for me. I think the choice of reader was not so good although the people who read Jonny Knoxville and his sisters parts were way better. Steve got through his troubles and I got through the book. it was a struggle for both of us, we should both be congratulated.

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Excellent and inspiring (oddly enough)

I say ‘oddly enough’ as this is Steve-O’s story which involves a lot of drugs and alcohol. But it’s really eye opening and interesting to hear all of the stuff that went on.

I’d recommend this to any fan of Jackass. My only criticism though, is that this isn’t read by the author for the most part. David Peisner does a great job but I think it should be read by him from the start or by Steve-O, not changing after a few chapters.

Other than this, it was fantastic.

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This is amazing and inspiring. he's a good dude

This is amazing and inspiring. he's a good dude and honest . I'm in the UK would love to see his stand up !

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Eye opening

I knew Steve-O liked to do crazy stuff but this book completely blew me away. The guy has lived one hell of a crazy life. It's a great read!

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Such a good book

love steveo and his story is amazing. Hes one crazy guy and has lived a mad life.

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good

if interested in jackass this is worth a read.crazy stuff narrated well . good value

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Great listen if you are a fan of Steve-O!

Insight into why somebody would do the do the things he has done - with an understanding as to where his mind went when on this journey.
He's brutally honest in his details and I like him a little more having listened to this Autobiography.

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  • Ensey
  • 06-09-11

Bummed by the "Bait and Switch".

Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.

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  • Rob
  • 10-06-11

Steve-O narrates 1st 53mins then you get a new guy

Sort of deceptive. I???m enjoying the audiobook but 53 mins into it Steve-O announces he???ll no longer be reading it and then hands it over to some other narrator. What the hell?
It???s weird trying to adjust to it now that I???ve been used to hearing the actual author talk. Would this be an example of bait and switch? It does says Narrated by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover.
Steve-O, liking the book so far but sad to say as a consumer I am disappointed. (so far 5 stars for content but overall 2 for lame decision on replacement)

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  • Jason
  • 31-03-17

Small let down

Steve O not doing the audio after the first hour was a let down, I think him telling his own story would of been more impactful but still a great audio book

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  • Phynx
  • 28-07-16

bait and switch

bait and switch Steve narrates for a very short time but the actual story is very interesting and brutally honest

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  • Goombah
  • 31-10-15

Great til he left.

Everything was going great until once again the narrator, well this time the author and brief speaking man himself Steve-O left his reading and was continued on by some buster that I couldn't relate to like I did Stevo-O.
Bring Stevo back and drop the 16 year reading it.

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  • Online mogul
  • 13-07-19

Sad Story, cool guy

I've always been interested in Steve-o and his story. the more I've learned from his many interviews and the content on his YouTube channel has only given me respect for his determination. hearing the full story of his rough journey is shocking, more that he actually survived what he did to himself. I'm only disappointed that Steve couldn't read the entire book. he stops after a couple chapters.

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  • joshua nelson
  • 07-09-17

very good. but.......

very good.....but Steve​-o stop narrating less than an HR in. it was much more compelling and Drew you into his story when it was him.

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  • Fairly reliable Joe
  • 11-09-19

Steve-O bails on the reading a chapter in....

It was fine. But having someone else read the book is a bummer. Steve-O should re-record it.

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  • Ramesis R.
  • 11-09-19

Great Read

The way he shares the story is on another level love the book. Hope to get a book from other jackass guys. Like Bam and Knoxville

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  • Omar
  • 10-09-19

Pretty wild.

I really enjoyed SteveOs story. He takes you behind the scenes and gives insight to his life when the camera was off. SteveO is the man and has lived a rockstar life. Crazy how things spun out of control and he was able to get back on track and still be loved and supported by jackass crew and fans.