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When boxing was bold, bright, and glamorous and the fights were the hottest sporting events of the year, Joe Frazier was king as the Heavyweight Champion of the World. From 1970 to 1973 he reigned. With a career record of 32-4-1 with twenty-seven knockouts and an Olympic gold medal, Frazier leaves little question that he was one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Well-known, loved, and revered as a gentleman and a fierce competitor in the ring, Joe Frazier speaks his mind in Smokin' Joe - about growing up poor and fighting in the first $2.5million bout; about the early days of his friendship with Muhammad Ali and how their relationship changed; and about the often corrupt world of boxing and what really went on inside and outside the ring.

Personable, good-natured, and funny, Frazier's story is a real delight.

©2013 Joe Frazier and Phil Berger (P)2013 AudioGO

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They don't make them like that any more!

Would you listen to Smokin' Joe again? Why?

Yes - easy to listen to, well read and motivational

What other book might you compare Smokin' Joe to, and why?

Hard to say - this book isn't quite as detailed and wild as, for example, Keith Richards' autobiography, but I found it interesting for different reasons, e.g. the social context (with ref to his feud with Ali)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

'Enjoy' is probably the wrong word, but it was quite shocking to hear the extremes that Ali went to when trying to get under Frazier's skin. Well beneath someone of Ali's stature, even then, and not surprising that it caused such bitterness

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Probably something like 'Relentless' - even when he'd made his money he didn't sit back and get sloppy, he was still getting back in the ring and taking on real fighters

Any additional comments?

The feud with Ali is a story that goes well beyond boxing and into issues of race, religion, money and media hype.

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great insight to a true champion and loving man

absolute joy to read a true pro who lived to the full through hard work and will great farther friend fighter and all round champion in and out of the ring! smoking Joe frazier a TRUE legend!

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The Real Rocky!

What made the experience of listening to Smokin' Joe the most enjoyable?

The narration and the fact that Joe and his writer made each chapter with minimum fluff, getting straight to the point, easily followable, easily enjoyable

What other book might you compare Smokin' Joe to, and why?

Mike Tyson Autobiography and Muhammad Ali Autobiography - listen to them as well - all excellent!

What about Bill Andrew Quinn’s performance did you like?

Great performance trying to imitate Joe's voice - easily listening.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Real Rocky!

Any additional comments?

This is the real Rocky - similarities to Rocky Balboa:
1. Trained in Philadelphia.
2. Fought a loud brash fighter (Apollo Creed = Muhammad Ali)
3. Short fighter like Balboa known able to take a lot of punches.
4. Practice hitting meat carcasses at the Butcher to improve his punching power.
5. Started his own restaurant like Rocky.
6. Joe's trainer Yank like Rocky's Mick died of a heart attack.

Although Sly Stallone took from every fighter including Wepner, Mike Tyson etc he took a lot of it from Joe.

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A real joy

Would you listen to Smokin' Joe again? Why?

This has been one of the most enjoyable audio books I have ever listened to - and I get through about two or three a month -. It was both honest (not always the case with autobiographies) and entertaining.
I used to be a big Boxing fan but do not follow it much now days but I am so pleased I picked up a copy of this great book.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to have listened to it in one sitting if I could,
I listened over about three days but normally a book of this size would have lasted me about a week but I could not wait to get back to it.

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Smokin' Audiobook

Brilliant audiobook, I just cannot believe it has been out since the mid-90's and I've only just got around to reading (listening to) it.

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from a simpler time

shame he continued with the 'clay' thing. a good listen for fight fans. worth a visit

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A book full of character and insight, read with character and insight. A life well lived.

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Legend

What a story and what a man! His life was incredible and joe should be true inspiration to us all. I listened with my two boys and now my youngest is throwing big left hooks on the bag over and over again

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Smoking

What a inspiration and powerful book. Love to have met the guy, sounds like a real decent man. He’s Definitely in my top five all-time favourite boxers. It was great to learn about some of his fights and what he had to endure. RIP Joe

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A great insight into a great man

A great insight into a legend of the sport who was part of the golden era of heavyweight boxing.

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  • Dennis Okeefe
  • 09-02-21

Very good book

I was always a Joe Frazier fan. This book is filled with good stories and shows a lot of really good qualities about the man

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  • Clint Zenk
  • 21-07-20

Great Picture of Smokin' Joe

Having read the Ali biography first, watched their fights after reading this, and seen various press conference footage of them interacting, I was interested to see what the real Joe Frazier was like in his own words. I kinda felt like Ali was part-showman, part-bully in how he treated Joe for the most part, despite him downplaying it in his biography. This book cemented the bully part for me and watching the fights backed up a lot of what Frazier said in this book: Ali was a lot more fame than fight.

As for Frazier, it was great to see how positive the man was in life in general. He acknowledged inequities in life for blacks at the time, he just chose to let his deeds talk for him instead of joining people he felt caused more problems than provided solutions like Ali did. The backlash he got from that was incredible. It's not that different from trying to stay away from politics today: sitting on the sidelines gets you labeled a problem.

Frazier was also portrayed as a dumb guy by Ali when that wasn't the case at all. He managed his money from the beginning so well by the time he retired he literally didn't have to fight anymore if he chose not to. He never got spent by the boxing machine and thrown away because he was savvy to the ways the machine can hurt you.

Overall, the book was a great read I'm glad I bought. The narration was good too. Quinn's voice was a smooth and relaxed as I'd imagine Frazier would be to talk to so it fit well. Great book.

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  • JoAnne Blackston
  • 20-04-15

Superior

Loved it, could not stop listening, he is and will always be my favorite boxer.

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  • Joel Pierson
  • 15-07-22

one of the better boxing books out

exactly what I hoped for! insight and behind the scenes through the perception of a legendary man! what a life he lived

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  • george d lyons
  • 08-06-22

love smoking Joe

Smoking Joe Frazier!!!!! unappreciated and unbowed!!!! still bitter!!! still a great champion!!! rest in peace!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-03-22

hi I enjoyed this book

I'm an audible listener and go on walks and Joe's book brought back a lot of memories of a lot of great fighters and fights.

I saw smoking Joe one time in Las Vegas and a booth with gold and chains around his neck and his cowboy hat signing autographs the line had a hundred people.

if you're a fight fan during that era you'll enjoy the book as I did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-21

It still smokes

Interesting man and a great life story. If your a biography lover , go for it.

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  • Steve A. Kovacs
  • 31-08-21

Great book.

A somewhat brutally honest self portrayal that was refreshing to experience. I learned much about the true Muhammad Ali and I learned things about Joe Frazier, like his humor and funny sayings that the media never showed much of back in his heyday. I learned to like Smokin Joe where I never did back in the day. May he rest in peace.

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  • Jeffrey Robinson
  • 26-08-21

Interesting Listen.

Not outstanding but not terrible either. If you are a boxing fan, worth the listen. Good story telling with decent narration. You will appreciate the journey but won't be blown away by how the story is told.

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  • Justine
  • 20-06-21

Beautifully written autobiography

An incredible insight into the life of Smokin' Joe Frazier from childhood, To his passing.