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Professional Idiot Audiobook
Professional Idiot
Written by: 
Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, David Peisner
Narrated by: 
Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, Stu Sone
Professional Idiot Audiobook

Professional Idiot: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen “Steve-O” Glover wouldn’t do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds.

As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous.

Steve-O has been a man in search of a spotlight practically since birth. Growing up all over the world, thanks to his father’s career as a corporate executive, he was the kid who’d drink handfuls of salt in order to make friends. After he stole a video camera from his dad as a teenager, his future path was more or less sealed. Footage of himself skateboarding soon gave way to footage of himself setting his hair on fire or doing back flips off apartment buildings into shallow pools. After detours to several hospitals, a couple of jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he landed, quite naturally, on MTV’s Jackass, in 2000.

He took to fame like it was the very thing missing from his life, but it was never enough. He filled the void with booze and drugs, and soon began treating his entire life like it was one big—and supremely risky—stunt.

In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood apartment, where he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed drugs around the clock—and began broadcasting his downward spiral on the Internet. Finally, his Jackass comrade, Johnny Knoxville, and seven other friends staged an intervention and forced him into a psychiatric ward against his will, ultimately saving his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction and the path to recovery and redemption with the same bravado and humor that have endeared Steve-O to so many. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot will entertain those who’ve been with him on his many wild rides, as well as surprise and intrigue those who know him only as the guy willing to do anything—no matter how painful—for a laugh.

©2011 Ballbag, Inc. f/s/o Stephen Glover. (P)2011 Hyperion

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    Rob 06-10-11
    Rob 06-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Steve-O narrates 1st 53mins then you get a new guy"

    Sort of deceptive. I???m enjoying the audiobook but 53 mins into it Steve-O announces he???ll no longer be reading it and then hands it over to some other narrator. What the hell?
    It???s weird trying to adjust to it now that I???ve been used to hearing the actual author talk. Would this be an example of bait and switch? It does says Narrated by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover.
    Steve-O, liking the book so far but sad to say as a consumer I am disappointed. (so far 5 stars for content but overall 2 for lame decision on replacement)

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MagSwag 10-31-15
    MagSwag 10-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great til he left."

    Everything was going great until once again the narrator, well this time the author and brief speaking man himself Steve-O left his reading and was continued on by some buster that I couldn't relate to like I did Stevo-O.
    Bring Stevo back and drop the 16 year reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dancerfly 06-23-15
    Dancerfly 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    I would have preferred the whole story read by steve o Other than that it was a great story and happy things worked out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ensey amarillo, TX, United States 09-06-11
    Ensey amarillo, TX, United States 09-06-11
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    "Bummed by the "Bait and Switch"."

    Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa Newby MI usa 07-07-16
    Tessa Newby MI usa 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprising"

    Honestly, I was never a huge fan of Jackass or Steve-O. But this book is absolutely amazing. He has a great story and it was written perfectly- it so perfectly encompasses his personality while being an extremely well written book and an incredible story. Of all the 70+ audible books I've bought, this is the first time I ever audibly gasped with an upset moan when they announced the epilogue. It's marvelous. My only complaint, as the rest, is the switch in the narrator. There is always something special when the author reads their own work, so it was really strange that Steve-O just passed it along to someone else... but you get used to it. So good!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wyatt 05-18-16
    Wyatt 05-18-16
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    "Absolutely inspiring!!"

    I loved this book so so much! It is such an inspiring story. He had such a terrible life he pulled through. I'm amazed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 01-30-16
    Justin 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Strange and interesting."

    This book was a strange, and interesting listen that only could have been made better by: A- less jumping from "actor" too actor in an attempt to imitate those portrayed within. And B- Steve O just committing a day too reading the whole thing. It was a bit of a let down realizing that i was only teased with it for a few chapters. But overall, fascinating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 12-27-15
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    "RAW, SURPRISINGLY INSPIRING, LAUGH OUT LOUD HUMOR"

    I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF STEVE-O'S WIT AND CHARM. HE RAISES THE LEVEL OF HOPE FOR ANYONE THINKING THEY CAN'T GET SOBER, IF A DUDE THAT FUCKED CAN DO IT, THEN I STILL HAVE A CHANCE. DUDE'S WAY FUCKIN' RAD!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felipe S. 11-11-15
    Felipe S. 11-11-15
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    "Phenomenal"

    Always been a jackass Steve O fan, but this book just washed me with a lot more respect and admiration for the guy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle M. Waller Kenosha, WI United States 04-02-15
    Michelle M. Waller Kenosha, WI United States 04-02-15
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    "stevo left was disapointing but ok."

    stevo left after chapter 2 it was realy dissapointing and i didnt feel the actor. everything else was damn near perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin
    4/1/16
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    "captivating"

    stereo's story is very interesting, had me laughing most of the time, and gave me some perspective on issues such as drug abuse and how to deal with personal demons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • max dagnall
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    12/2/15
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    "fantastic honest book really happy for that stevo"

    stays clean he has some fantastic story's I listened to this book in 3 days

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bailey
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    4/22/14
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    "Really is the story of an idiot"
    Would you listen to Professional Idiot again? Why?

    No I am not sure it's a story you need to hear twice. If you are listening to the book then you are likely familiar with what you are getting. Steve o is difficult to like to be honest. He has limited depth, does a lot of drugs, ducks out on his responsibilities and pushes the limits all the time. It's hard to empathise with him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Knoxville - he made a lot of money off Steve-o and others like him. He still did the right thing in committing steve-o and he is brutally honest in his bits.


    What about Stephen "Steve-O" Glover and Stu Sone ’s performance did you like?

    I didn't mind the fact Steve-o disappears a couple of chapters in. I was expecting though. I didn't like the way it happened though...felt like hey I have more important things to do so I am off. But that is actually fairly reflective with what you come to know about steve-o so it does make sense as the story progresses.


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

    Very mixed actually. It is hard to feel sorry for him or empathise with him. You get the feeling that something isn't wired the way it maybe should be and you feel for the people around him. But then most of the people around him make money from his ability to be 'more insane' than others so you do think that people were either as insane as him or made money off him and his antics.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the way the book included the right to reply bits from various people in his life. It balances it nicely. People like steve-o have always existed as the book goes on I felt that he would have been a court jester and enjoys being a performing monkey for others. But that then drives a whole host of nurosis for the man himself that are found in similar personality types through history.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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