Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, Tyson had hit rock bottom, a convicted felon, completely broke, the punch line to a thousand bad late-night jokes. Yet he fought his way back; the man who once admitted being addicted "to everything" regained his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With a triumphant one-man stage show, his unforgettable performances in the Hangover films, and his newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband, Tyson's story is an inspiring American original.
Brutally honest, raw, and often hilarious, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows in the same sincere, straightforward manner we have come to expect from this legendary athlete. A singular journey from Brooklyn's ghettos to worldwide fame to notoriety, and, finally, to a tranquil wisdom, Undisputed Truth is not only a great sports memoir but an autobiography for the ages.
©2013 Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman (P)2013 Penguin Audio
This audiobook rates near the top of my Audible collection because of the raw, behind the scene look at the life of a world icon and leads the listener (reader) down a path and into a life style that is unimaginable.
No. The book took time for me to get into, but in a gradual good way.
Probably not, only because of the amount of time it would take.
I would compare it to A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. Both memoirs did not shy away from their ugly and gritty pasts.
No, but I think he did a great job.
I loved this books because it is a true memoir/autobiography. I hate reading memoirs where the author had a particularly tough or trying event and tries to gloss over it or talk about it as if it did not affect them. Mike Tyson did not shy away from the hard and controversial topics and he let the audience know exactly how he felt about each event and person he encountered. My only complaint is that he could be a bit repetitive talking about his drug use and sex life. I also liked the narrator, he reminded me of LL Cool J.
I don't know how accurate Mikes side of the story is, but his life story is very entertaining.
The narrator sounds like Mike Tyson without the lisp. After a few chapters you're convinced it's Mike talking to you. I think he must have worked with Mike because he totally nailed the emotional emphasis and just the right times.
This is a must listen to anyone who followed iron Mikes career. I think almost everyone would enjoy the stories he tells.
Consistent with expectations
I so badly want to like Mike - he's not unique from the perspective that he's battled substance addiction and, granted, it's TOUGH. His upbringing and lack of legitimate parenting obviously set him up for some incredible challenges, and the fortune he squandered is not necessarily unique. What IS unique is that Mike is a person I REALLY want to like - I found that every time he inched towards a "from ashes to glory" example in the spiritual sense, the let-down was remarkable. In the end, Mike's living out a "Groundhog Day" existence... Like seeing an inevitable car-crash in person, one can only hope that he survives the NEXT wreck.
avoiding road rage one book at a time...
I agree with the other reviewers – this book was excellent and kept me interested for all 20+ hours of it. I’m pretty sure I have the genius Larry Sloman to thank for that. This rollercoaster life story is spilled out too cohesively and thoroughly for a first time author, even if it is Tyson’s life… he couldn’t have pulled this off with just anyone. I did roll my eyes enough to make myself dizzy at all of the self-induced chaos Tyson can’t keep away from… he is truly a moth to a flame, no matter how many times he gets metaphorically and literally punched, he keeps going back for more.
The insanity surrounding the massive quantity of women, money and drugs is almost incomprehensible. If you look in the dictionary I bet there is a picture of Tyson under EXCESS and GLUTTONY. Without his rudder, Cus D’Amato, Tyson intentionally rowed into storms without any hesitation – he spent most of his life trying to die.
Hang on and enjoy the ride.
The story is amazing and it is very well told.
I never knew the depth of Mike Tyson's story until I got in to this book.
He captured Mike Tyson's angst well, whilst still being articulate.
One of my top 10 celebrity memoirs
The tragedy of his little girl Exodus
I often forgot it was a narrator rather than Mike himself. Although Mike is parodied for his "different" voice, I felt it was actually Mike telling his own story.
Learning that he finally (hopefully) has turned his life around.
I got exhausted hearing about all that highs and lows Mike has been thru - many by his own doing, some not. I can't imagine LIVING that life. There was nothing about his life I would want to personally experience. I really appreciated hearing the good AND the bad. I was never a Mike Tyson fan, but I am now a supporter. I never believed he was guilty of rape with Ms Washington. After his book I am confident he didn't rape anyone, ever. I hope he has finally learned that most of these women want him for what he can give materialistically, nothing more. I wish him nothing but the best.
Tyson's life is both tragic and interesting...for awhile. Over time, the sheer volume of profanity and endless pattern of self-destruction became increasingly offensive. Tyson shows some self-reflection and yet often describes himself as a victim... By the time the rape trial comes along, I had had enough. I tried to stick with it but in the end, stopped listening altogether. Narration is good, story is very gritty and depressing. I suggest you pass.
Great narration, plus I'm a huge fight fan, so it would of been enjoyable regardless.
He reads the book as if Tyson was reading it himself minus the lysp.
I wish I could just transcribe the book instantly into my mind.
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