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Pimp: The Story of My Life | [Iceberg Slim]

Pimp: The Story of My Life

A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. It is a trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale—the dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn’t change; it just has a different swagger.
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Publisher's Summary

A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. It is a trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale—the dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn’t change; it just has a different swagger.

Only Slim could tell this story and make the reader feel it. If you thought Hustle & Flow was the true pimp story, this book is where it all began. This is the heyday of the pimp, the hard-won pride and glory, small though it may be; the beginnings of pimp before it was dragged in front of the camera, before pimp juice and pimp style. Though it is a tale of his times, it will remain current and true for as long as there is a race bias, as long as there is a street life, as long as there is exploitation.

©1969 1987 by Iceberg Slim (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Iceberg Slim was the godfather of a genre.” (K’wan, #1 Essence best-selling author)

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    James Brown NYC, USA 05-05-13
    James Brown NYC, USA 05-05-13 Member Since 2011

    JB

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    ""Extremely Real""
    What did you love best about Pimp?

    The raw, and blatant honesty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Iceberg Slim. The reason is that I love the fact that he did not try to display himself as some kind of godlike figure, with this being an autobiography about his life. Instead he explained everything about his life, from child to middle-aged Man. From a non-pimp adolescent to a retired middle-aged Pimp. The good, the bad and the "extremely ugly." And from there he let the reading hear, feel, and interpret his story, as they so choose. Autobiographies like this are without a doubt "The most interesting."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His entire 1st, jail stent.


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

    I did not have an extreme emotional reaction, but I did have an extreme intellectual reaction. But seeing the ugliness of one man's horrors and mistakes in full detail, has help me mentally check my own deficiencies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Violetkupcake 04-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "And you think you have heard it all..."
    Where does Pimp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the top 5 by far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pimp?

    I'm still reading it, but it is funny, sad, and serious at the same time


    Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

    He does the characters very well! he never bores me or cause me to lose intrest


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

    The beginning when he mentioned his own trama at the age age of three years old. I have heard lots of stories but this takes the cake on child abuse.


    Any additional comments?

    Understanding the slang in the book is a bit hard to grasp at first, but the story is so good, you get it after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    River Mama 03-04-13
    River Mama 03-04-13
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    "Glad I bought, glad I listened"

    Better and deeper as I went. Excellent narration. Simple writing style (a little more noun-verb, noun-verb than usual) worked well. Allowed my brain to "predict" and comprehend easily, yet nouns and verbs themselves sparkled, so there was surprise and delight as I learned a new dialect of street language. Characters drawn quickly and clearly. Story dynamics easy to follow. I was able to devote attention to both. One "tension" passage probably the best I've read. Well done. Kiwis for EVERYone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell CANTON, MI, United States 11-01-12
    Darrell CANTON, MI, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a professional guy. I read various topics from Ghost, Sc-fi, Technical(Career),Action/Drama and Self Help.

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    "Excellent Urban Literature"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a Urban readers paradise. It tells it straight forward and as the actual character would view the situation. Very raw and paints vivid pictures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Hardcore, Urban feel


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

    He gives the emotion, feeling and the anger that you may not get from reading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-02-11
    "unknown" Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-02-11
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    "Awsome Sipmply Awesome"

    IceBurg Slim one hell of a pimp, This book tells a whole lot about his life an struggle an how he has became the man that we as Young Pimps admire awesome listen ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Ball 01-22-14
    James Ball 01-22-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Iceberg Slim is a P>I>M>P>!"

    A little piece of alternative history. Title of the book pretty much says it all. This is an autobiography of.........a pimp. Enjoy! Narrator does a great job and the life of Iceberg slim is anything but uneventful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rhcpjimm Brookhaven, PA 12-26-13
    rhcpjimm Brookhaven, PA 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Taught me everything I needed to know"
    If you could sum up Pimp in three words, what would they be?

    real life awesome


    What other book might you compare Pimp to and why?

    None.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    He sounded exactly how I would expect a pimp to sound.


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

    The very beginning when he is in the car with his hoes. It moved me to laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun book. I think it can be taken lightly and you can have a lot of fun with it, or it can be examined a lot closer. Really gives you a good look at a certain culture during a certain time period and shows how someone might end up in the position that Iceberg Slim finds himself in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 03-23-13
    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "MY LIFE"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although I know it makes the story, I found the language a little raunchy. I would try to tone it down a little, but I think that might take away from the story. Guess I am caught in a quandry.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pimp?

    For me, the Pimp's first trip to jail was memorable because I put myself in his mother's place and could feel her pain.


    What about Cary Hite’s performance did you like?

    Added to the story because of the inflections and change of dpeed when he was attempting to make the picture more vivid.


    Could you see Pimp being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this being made into a movie, but only if the Reynolds brothers produced it. I feel that Spike would try to make it a historical piece and Tyler would attempt to make it funny. It is historical, but I don't think Spike would be able to allow the use of the language which was used in the book. Without a doubt Edris Elba should be the Pimp.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Lloyd WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Suprising Good!"
    Where does Pimp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books that I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thing that I noticed first was the cyclical trend that was developing throughout the story of good people being taking advantage of, becoming jaded and then reversing the strategy on the next person. It was also very interesting the hear about the philosophy/psychology of pimping how predictable the outcome would be. It really make you think about how the many tenets of pimping can be seen in a variety of present day relationships, whether business, personal, or otherwise and how easily one can fall for the "Georgia" if one isn't careful.


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

    No


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

    It was a lot more though provoking and well written than I expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you wont regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-24-11
    Grant Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I just couldn't get get into it"

    I gave it the old college try, but just could not get into it. The slang that he used was just to much. I got tired of rewinding the story and just gave up. I truly felt like I had to learn Pimp English just to get through this story. Maybe I will try again one day. But for now I rather stick to books written today and not in Slim's hay day.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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