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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Audiobook

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

Suspense, excess, danger and exuberant fun come together in Chuck Barris' unlikely autobiography - the tale of a wildly flamboyant 1970s television producer, better known as the infamous host of The Gong Show. What most people don't know is that Barris allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA.

Barris, who achieved tremendous success as the creator and producer of hit TV game shows such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, claims to have joined the CIA as an agent in the early 1960s, infiltrated the Civil Rights Movement, met with militant Muslims in Harlem, and traveled abroad in order to kill enemies of the United States.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is now a movie directed by and starring George Clooney, with Sam Rockwell as the author, but the original story is wild and gripping, spiced with intrigue, sex, bad behavior, and plenty of great one-liners. It is destined to become a classic.

©2002 Chuck Barris, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Though Barris' reputation as a wacky TV show host doomed this literary venture when it was originally published, it is in fact a remarkably well-crafted and entertaining book, both unflinchingly personal and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Twenty years later, it reads like a classic." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim Costa Mesa, CA, USA 12-23-02
    Jim Costa Mesa, CA, USA 12-23-02 Member Since 2011
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    "Three Thumbs Up!"

    Barris blurs the lines between fact and fantasy and the result is an entertaining and often hysterical read. The book cleverly flips between Chucky-baby's recounting of his true life TV career, and a farcical tale of his secret life as a CIA assassin. The reader is left to his wits to figure out where one stops and the other begins. Mindless nonsense, no doubt, but I highly recommend it for its cleverness, humor and novelty.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Arik San Francisco, CA, USA 01-09-03
    Arik San Francisco, CA, USA 01-09-03
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    "Entertaining yet unlikely"

    Overall this is a very entertaing book event though many of the scenarios seem very unlikely. Unfortunately, this is an abridged version. The book is read by the author which adds quite a bit to the experience. It's worth the listen.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03 Member Since 2015

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    "Fascinating!"

    Really enjoyed this, and I'd like to see the movie. It brought back memories of the Dating Game, Newlywed Game, and Gong Show. I don't know how much of the CIA stuff is true, which makes it all the more interesting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Rocky River, OH, USA 02-28-03
    John Rocky River, OH, USA 02-28-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Funny book from a funny man."

    I am a fan of Chuck Barris and the Gong Show. This was entertaining and great to hear it read by the author. Not the most informative or fact-filled account of his career, but I guess that is why it is an unauthorized autobiography.
    If you like Chuck Barris or his shows, this is worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Madison, WI, United States 07-23-16
    Mark Madison, WI, United States 07-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Outrageous"

    Part of the appeal is whether parts of the story are true. My intuition tells me that this is a mix of fact and fiction. I believe that there is enough truth to make this story both worthwhile and entertaining.

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    beverly 08-03-12
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    Would you listen to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind again? Why?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Chuck Barris’s voice?

    reading, not talking


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was hard to imagine him engaging in such violence and without much conscience.


    Any additional comments?

    If he was in all those places on the days of the assassinations he claimed to commit, then it seems more than a coincidence. It's a weird story yet plausible. Truth is often stranger than fiction.

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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 06-23-12
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It was just okay"

    It was just okay - was the plot plausible - in terms of his supposed CIA work? Hard to tell. It

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