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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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Great Listen

Really enjoyed it. Hoping for more stories from the attitude era in the next one!

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a page turner

if you're a fan of wrestling and Jr then you are going really enjoyed this book

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Good old jr

Loved book book as a big time wrestling fan. Jim Ross voice is a joy to listen too.

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The voice of Monday nights

If you are a fan of fun wrestling stories then listening to the voice of wrestling tell them is perfect.

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what a book

if your a WWF fan your want to get this book JR has Always been amazing and what he has seen and done wow

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Good old JR

loved this book. Great story from a main figure in the wwe whilst I was growing up.

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Great

If you enjoy wrestling then you'll enjoy this. I hope there's a second one

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JR earned his legacy the hard way

The amount of chapters (short though they may be) epitomises the sheer amount of ups, downs, heart ache and setbacks JR endured over the years to get to where he is in the business today. This book is a testament to his resolution to do whatever he needed to, to live his dream job. He has without a doubt earned his status as THE voice for generations of wrestling fans.

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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

A real Slobberknocker!!

A truly great story about one of pro wrestling’s all time greats. I can’t wait for the next one and to hear more!!

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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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  • Anthony Abato
  • 15-09-21

Elevated by the narration

I came into this with decent expectations, figuring it'd be a fairly interesting story about Jr's upbringing and life in the wrestling world. Yes, these were the subjects of the book, but I was consistently engaged - at times amused, at other points saddened by some of the difficult experiences he went through or witnessed others go through. Overall, JR narrating the book himself made it very personable, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in professional wrestling or just looking for a good memoir.

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  • William S. Gross
  • 22-07-21

great history and background of Jim Ross

Learned a lot about wrestling and Jim Ross's career. I think it is definitely worth the listen if you love old school wrestling.

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  • Diego Ochoa
  • 02-07-21

some of the best stories of it the business

Jim Ross' life and journey to becoming one of the best if not the best

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  • Antonio B
  • 22-06-21

great listen, really enjoyed this book

recommend it to any fan, worth every penny imo. this selection is a no brainer.

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  • Paul E. Quinn
  • 04-06-21

Slobberknocked!

As a lifelong wrestling fan and self admitted mark, I've heard plenty of tales of the behind the scenes happenings of the wrestling business. Slobberknocker delivers stories new, or with a new perspective, through the lens of one of the most beloved wrestling figures of all time. Ross' tone is both humble and honest, and I found the book to be a profoundly quick listen, despite its runtime. A must for fans of the business, especially anyone seeking tales of the old territories from a non-WWE produced perspective.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-21

Pro Wrestling

If you are a fan of pro wrestling then you know the sound of good ol jr's voice. This is more than that. This is the story of Jim Ross, the story of the man who just happens to be the greatest announcer the pro wrestling business has ever had.