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Slobberknocker

My Life in Wrestling
Narrated by: Jim Ross, R. C. Bray
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that's just not JR.

Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.

Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first seen it on his grandparents' TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of "outsiders", he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business - from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss toward revenge to consoling two naked 600-pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.

With all those adventures and responsibilities, he's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock, to name a few. Listeners will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn't just a wrestling story. It's a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. Currently he is the host of the podcast The Ross Report.

Any fan of wrestling- from the territory days to today - will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story - and you don't want to miss it!

©2017 Jim Ross with Paul O'Brien (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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Slobber knocker

I really enjoyed this book.
Having it read by the author isn’t always good to hear but Jim Ross really made me want to keep listening (just like he does whenever he’s doing his announcing for any promotion).
The performance is essential to me because audio is a huge part of my life, I’m blind and most of the books haven’t been available in accessible formats until recently.
I gave this rating because JR’s performance kept my attention throughout and to me that’s what audiobooks should always do, just like the original printed books are meant to do.
I look forward to the sequel.

Jaime

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Jim, this was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

I could not recommwnd this more. Thank you for your honesty and insight, Jim. God Bless.

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Utterly tremendous.

The crazy life of Jim Ross. Brilliant start that grips you right through to the very end.

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An Undisputed Slobberknocker

Initially there was a particular qualm I had before reading Jim's autobiography- the story only reaches as far as early 1999 before WrestleMania XV and doesn't delve into the next 18 years right up to the book's publication. However, Slobberknocker: My Life In Wrestling is a tremendous ride, packed with entertaining and informative content and reading about Jim's trials with Bell's Palsy, his time in WCW and entering a car with a crazy lunatic version of Mr McMahon-Slobberknocker is absolutely fantastic- the title of the book is definitely reflective of its quality too.

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Light in some areas, but still insightful.

A good overview of a big character and name on the wrestling business. There were parts that seemed to be overlooked or very superficial without reason. I wonder if there will be another slobberknocker to follow. Worth listening to all the same if you are a wrestling fan past or present.

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Compelling and personal listen

a great listen , well performed and written just wished it had been longer, occasionally you get a book that disappoints you when it is done I could of listed to secer more hours of JR and still wanted more

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one of the best

so much to love about this. heartfelt and honest and a real insight. what a read/listen.

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Greatest story ever

Loved it simply one of the best biography ever thank you Jim for sharing it with us

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The voice of wrestling for my generation.

JR's story is entertaining and inspiring. He narrates this as well as he commentates. Brilliant.

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A superb audio book,one of the best.

This book is superb in audio format,you can really feel the emotion and written intention as J.R reads through his life stories,really enjoyable and some brilliant tales from Jim's career in the Wrestling business.

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  • josh w
  • 15-01-19

Simply a blast from the past.

Good ol’ J.R. Has been the voice of my childhood. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Even though you will never see this, thank you J.R.
Not only for sharing your story but reminding me to never give up. This is a must for any wrestling fan!

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  • DMR
  • 23-03-19

Better than it should be.

It is awkward listening to JR read his story at first. He is such a natural story teller it feels odd listening to him read as opposed too his free flowing podcast. Excellent stories will carry you through easily and it isn't the worst reading I've heard by far. More inside shop than I thought the company man would go and better than it should be lol.

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  • Maci Hutson
  • 16-11-17

Somewhat disappointed

Jim is the greatest announcer of all time for sure! I felt the book didn’t really go in depth about the wrestling business. I wanted more stories and behind the scenes stuff. It only covers his career up until WrestleMania 15. To Jim’s credit his career was so long so it would be hard to cover everything. Maybe a second book coming later? Hopefully! I would recommend this book for the wrestling fan who grew up listening and watching Jim. Over all I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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  • John
  • 09-10-19

Good Ol JR

I really enjoyed this book as a huge wrestling fan. I love how JR actually narrates the book himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

Must Listen!...

If You're A Wrestling Fan... I Highly Recommend This Book/Listen
I've Been A Fan For 40 Years!...

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  • Hugo D.
  • 13-08-19

LOVED IT!!

I've been waiting for a while to get it and I'm so glad I did. Thank you J.R.

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  • Jeremy
  • 01-08-19

The best audiobook I will ever hear! Good gawd almighty!

If you are any sort of a wrestling fan/ mark/smart mark, I do believe this will be the best wrestling biography available. Narrated by the man himself, it will be difficult to top this one. Enjoy!

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  • Christina Bunch
  • 12-07-19

Loved it.

Loved this book, so many fun road stories. Jim Ross is a true legend in the Wrestling industry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-19

The GOAT

Finished this incredible book. @JRsBBQ personal account of the first half of his career is a compelling, blunt, emotional, candid recall that I recommend to anyone, fan or not. As always, JR left me wanting more. And I can’t wait for the 2nd half.

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  • Dawn D.
  • 05-07-19

awesomeness in audio books.

filled with fascinating information. jr himself narrates the book so you get quite the vivid picture.