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Mustaine Audiobook

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.
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Publisher's Summary

The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon.

Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he's bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.

Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.

Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.

Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.

Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.

Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.

Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).

Near-death experience? Check that one, too.

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.

Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star - founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal - Mustaine's is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.

©2010 Dave Mustaine (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lara 04-04-15
    Lara 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible. Ineffable."

    Ooed, AHed, laughed, cried! Was inspired, was terrified, was comforted, and overall fueled my passion for music, life and God. Beautiful. I am so satisfied.

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    E. J. Fronczek 03-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A wild ride!"

    The performance by Tom Layland is spot on, at times you swear Dave is reading it.

    He has quite a story to tell, going from a 15 year old living on the streets to creating a music genre. You get the sense that he really needed to tell his side of the Metallica feud. It is amazing how much of his life was fueled by getting kicked out of that band. He doesn't gloss over the embarrassing parts. I gained a lot of respect for him from this book. Its a fun listen...highly recommend it.

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    Andrew Hamilton, ON 02-27-15
    Andrew Hamilton, ON 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration a bit week, story a bit brisk"

    Narrator could have been better. Got annoyed when he was 'quoting'.

    Should have been a bit longer. The story jumped ahead a bit too fast, leaving many holes. I wished for more detail regarding Marty Friedman and 'Juniors' exit.

    All in all a good listen though.

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    Steve 07-23-14
    Steve 07-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for any Rock fan"

    Raw and candid, just like I would expect from Dave after all these years. He doesn't hold back in his lyrics, interviews or his on-stage performances, so I expected no less from a book written by him. If you're a music fan, and want an honest look behind the curtain of one of the industry's more controversial figures - even if you're not a big Megadeth fan - this shouldn't be something you pass up.

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    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 10-05-12
    J. Piper Ashby, MA United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Yes, another drug crazed rock musician but..."
    Where does Mustaine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow...this is so subjective. I lean heavily towards autobiographies and non-fiction in general. Best judge is how anxious I was to keep listening...very. You have to be fan of Megadeth and know some history to truly appreciate the life of Mustaine


    Any additional comments?

    Dave Mustaine is very intelligent person and one of the most tortured public people you'll ever read about...yet, he somehow is still roaming the earth and keeping perspective. So many musicians broke down completely, well before accomplishing everything that Mustaine has - bravo Dave. Unlike many other addicts, it seems he did himself the most damage along the way - yet kept his vision alive.

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    Youri Loedts Belgium 08-19-12
    Youri Loedts Belgium 08-19-12

    Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock

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    "This guy goes on and on about his addictions"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked to hear more about his songwriting and less about his addictions.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance is ok, but not great.


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    Avid Reader New Bern, NC 07-06-12
    Avid Reader New Bern, NC 07-06-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "Heavy Metal Fan's Wet Dream!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mustaine to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Mustaine, of course. That one is obvious.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Wayland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to others, but this one is very good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to a Head Banger's Memoir.


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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 03-29-12
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mustaine a must read for anyone interested in rock"

    Enjoyable listen, Dave wrote from his heart and seem to try and make amends with some of the mistakes he has made through his life. I have a lot more respect for him than ever before, always heard the whining stories without his side really. He is quiet inspiring with the adversity he has been faced with and come out in the end on top. I listen to his music with a whole new found respect and insight.
    I am a atheist and at first listen thought Dave might be the same. Guess he has found something in his life that helps him through without jamming J.C down your throat. Much respect with his stance on religion. Seems to have grown up to be quiet a man.

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    haris Royal Oak, MI, United States 03-21-12
    haris Royal Oak, MI, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up Mustaine in three words, what would they be?

    This is by far one of the best books in a long time! Must have!


    What does Tom Wayland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is annoying at first, dragging and stretching words, trying to sound like Mustaine, but you stop paying attention, because the book is so damn good...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can relate to this guys life in many ways, so it's kinda scary. I laughed loud, I got emotional, it's a journey...


    Any additional comments?

    nah...jut get the book

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    Damian Portland, OR, United States 01-10-12
    Damian Portland, OR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of interest here"

    This is fun to listen to, well read and interesting. Mustaine takes a confessional approach but still comes off as self-justifying and self-interested. In the end it's one of those books that makes you glad you didn't become a rockstar! :)

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