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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

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

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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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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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Enthralling story

great from start to finish. doesn't shy away from the more uncomfortable subjects with addiction and give a very sincere and honest account throughout. I highly recommend.

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captivating

stereo's story is very interesting, had me laughing most of the time, and gave me some perspective on issues such as drug abuse and how to deal with personal demons

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fantastic honest book really happy for that stevo

stays clean he has some fantastic story's I listened to this book in 3 days

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Really is the story of an idiot

Would you listen to Professional Idiot again? Why?

No I am not sure it's a story you need to hear twice. If you are listening to the book then you are likely familiar with what you are getting. Steve o is difficult to like to be honest. He has limited depth, does a lot of drugs, ducks out on his responsibilities and pushes the limits all the time. It's hard to empathise with him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Knoxville - he made a lot of money off Steve-o and others like him. He still did the right thing in committing steve-o and he is brutally honest in his bits.

What about Stephen "Steve-O" Glover and Stu Sone ’s performance did you like?

I didn't mind the fact Steve-o disappears a couple of chapters in. I was expecting though. I didn't like the way it happened though...felt like hey I have more important things to do so I am off. But that is actually fairly reflective with what you come to know about steve-o so it does make sense as the story progresses.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very mixed actually. It is hard to feel sorry for him or empathise with him. You get the feeling that something isn't wired the way it maybe should be and you feel for the people around him. But then most of the people around him make money from his ability to be 'more insane' than others so you do think that people were either as insane as him or made money off him and his antics.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the way the book included the right to reply bits from various people in his life. It balances it nicely. People like steve-o have always existed as the book goes on I felt that he would have been a court jester and enjoys being a performing monkey for others. But that then drives a whole host of nurosis for the man himself that are found in similar personality types through history.

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The rad romantic

You've been my hero from 2 decades and a bit I look up to you as you are now on YouTube more than anyone else born in the U.K. - god central be you bro !! Sky's horizon

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DeadlyGoombah
  • 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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  • 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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  • Alex Stuart
  • 20-09-18

true strength

Steve-o's strength and understanding for getting clean leaves so much more of a lasting impression than any of his completely awesome stunts. He was one of the best at what he did in the jackass years, but then became one of the best at getting sober. I don't really have an addiction problem. I like to drink, but have always done it respectively (cue addiction denial accusations). But seriously, his story is just one of true strength. He understands what it takes to be a person who does things for the greater good. He could've so easily been written off for overdosing. But his family and his jackass family did what needed to be done and saved his life. I've listened to this book twice now and it still hits me hard about people like that coming out on top. True strength.

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  • Donald
  • 17-08-18

a book about steve o

steve I should have read the book god dam it. who Dat other guy not Steve o? huh? that was not Steve o! more steve o reading the book

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  • Ryan McCracken
  • 19-07-18

An amazing life!

If you can get over the fact Steve-o stops the narration the narrator that takes over does a really good job.

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  • WolfWhistle
  • 18-03-18

Disappointed, I'm a big Steve-O fan.

Struggled to finish. Starts off good then turns into public apologies. Disappointed, I'm a big Steve-O fan.