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Terry Funk

More than Just Hardcore
Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
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Terry Funk, with the help of contributor Scott E. Williams, recalls his days as a professional wrestler in this wildly entertaining memoir. Funk details how his love of wrestling grew from a familial obsession to a career that took him all over the world, eventually leading to gigs with major pro organizations like WWF, ECW, and WCW, and Jeremy Arthur performs with a passionate, dramatic flair that fits its subject matter perfectly. Terry Funk: More than Just Hardcore is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the ever-changing landscape of pro wrestling, told by one of its most esteemed veterans.

Summary

He’s been a fixture in professional wrestling for five decades. He helped introduce a hardcore wrestling style that you see in the WWE and Japan today. He’s made his mark in Hollywood. He’s Terry Funk, and this is his story.

In this captivating look at the life of a living legend, Funk opens up about growing up in a wrestling family, working with various entertainment companies (including the ECW, WWE, and WWF), and so much more.

©2006, 2012 Terry Funk and Scott E. Williams (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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"An absolute must-read for professional wrestling fans interested in learning what a life devoted to this thrilling sport is truly like.” ( Midwest Book Review)
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Enjoyable for True Wrestling Fans

Terry Funk was one of my childhood heroes from wrestling. Always thought he was great. This is a little bit dated so you have to be aware of the time timeframe but i really enjoyed this regardless of this. Gives insight into the development of wrestling over different eras and contains some humour from on the road wrestling stories.

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has a nice outlook. narrator is so boring though.

I enjoyed hearing some old rib stories and heard some new stuff I hadn't heard before. I like how he thinks about things. doesn't seem to bear grudges or really dislike anyone.

narrator made it hard to stick with though. was glad to get it finished tbh and that's not the story

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A good listen, a little dated now

it's over 10 years old, but a great listen and the funker is quite preemptive in some of good predictions

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  • Tara
  • 04-04-16

Great book!

Great book. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys pro wrestling. great stories and good narrator.

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  • Michael Cavacini
  • 07-06-20

Good, Not Great

Terry Funk is one of the most influential wrestlers of all time. With a career spanning decades, you'd think that his autobiography, More Than Just Hardcore, would be fascinating. While this Audible Original was an easy and entertaining listen, it didn't blow my mind. There weren't any shocking revelations, dirt on other wrestlers, or anything of that nature. What you get here is the story of a man who is content with the life he's lived. To me, that makes for an inspiring audiobook replete with life lessons.

I went into this book hoping to learn a great deal about Terry Funk's days in the NWA, ECW, and the WWF. I got all of that and more. What I found most interesting about this autobiography is it was written before the Chris Benoit tragedy, and Terry talks about how much he likes and admires Benoit. In the book he talks about wishing he had worked with Benoit, and these moments are interesting in hindsight. I'm glad Terry Funk took the time to write an autobiography because I feel that he's an underappreciated wrestler who is often overshadowed by the larger-than-life personalities he shared the ring with. If you're looking for a wrestling autobiography that's enjoyable despite its lack of revelatory content, then More Than Just Hardcore is worth buying.

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  • Verneri
  • 06-01-19

One of The Greatest Wrestling Books ever!!

Must read/lissen to every Wrestling historian. Deep look in to the Bussiness & Live of a Legend.

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  • Justin Shinabarger
  • 05-01-17

Great listen for a wrestling fan

I'm and 80's kid and I love old school pre Attitude Era wrestling. This was a good listen and I will listen to it again at some point.

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  • C. Prindle
  • 05-08-16

Great Stories and Straight Talk From a Legend

Terry Funk has risen in my estimation over the years to become my favorite wrestler all-time along with Roddy Piper. Funk holds the edge regarding in-ring performance while Piper holds the edge in promos. Both have participated in numerous outrageous antics that have kept me entertained for decades.

This book is a candid look at life as a professional wrestler. Funk doesn't refrain from revealing the less glamorous aspects of the business. Bad payoffs, long drives, and countless injuries are part of the game but it doesn't obscure his obvious reverence for his chosen profession.

Several parts of this book are laugh out loud funny. The stories contain lessons on life applicable to everyone.

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  • Nick M
  • 15-09-15

Loved it

The narrator was fantastic, the stories that were told often had me laughing out loud, overall A+

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  • Jason
  • 04-09-15

Very good!!!

This book was very entertaining and informative about the wrestling business. I think I might just have to start listening to it again! I wish Funk himself would have narrated the book himself.

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  • Ric
  • 17-02-14

A American Original, who's lived the Amer. Dream!

What did you love best about Terry Funk?

His personnel story of his climb to the top of the American Wrestling Profession.
For those who are unfamiliar with The Funker Listen its a story of perseverance, of Personnel & Professional Triumph, Tragedy and most important it's a story of learning in life that even if he could go back and change it all he would not. 'Cause not only do the great Victories in life define you the Pain & Losses in a life shape the person you are today.
We need our pain so we recognize the blessings in life!

What did you like best about this story?

The memories of follow wrestlers, the inside story on what was really the reasons behind many of wrestlings great story lines.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Arthur – was your favorite?

Terry Funk

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

I did

Any additional comments?

Just a great story. In the 70's, there was no way to find out the inside skinny on wrestling
It was more secret and closed to outsiders then Area 51.

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  • Rodney
  • 24-04-13

Good Read

Honestly I didn't know a ton about Terry Funk, I obviously knew he was a legend but my exposure to him was a limited number of ECW matches and a little of the time he had with Foley in the late 90s.

With that said I really enjoyed the book. Everything struck me as completely believable and the book reads as if he was speaking to you. Parts of the book are very funny and it's always interesting. Basically if you have even a small amount of interest in the book I believe you'll enjoy this - just keep your expections in check. This isn't Have a Nice Day but it's much better than some of the other audiobooks avaialble on the subject.

The reader does a good job -- not sure if he's a fan of wrestling or not but he seems to hit the right tone for pretty much everything and even does an acceptable Dusty Rhodes, which is much more than I can say for Dusty's own book.

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  • Carlos
  • 01-08-17

Hardcore but Humble

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audio book to anybody regardless if they are a fan of wrestling. Terry Funk's journey through wrestling took him all over the world and his experiences are one of a kind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Terry Funk?

Terry Funk gives many examples of how wrestlers would "rib" or play pranks on random strangers during road trips. The stories would make you cringe in disbelief or laugh uncontrollably,

What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

Jeremy made me forget that Terry Funk was not the one reading to me. He was great.

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

yes!

Any additional comments?

This story was not about a wrestler who lost everything and had a happy ending. This is about a normal man from Texas that had an amazing career in wrestling, battled difficulties and still managed to stay humble along the way.