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Chris & Nancy Audiobook

Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death

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Publisher's Summary

Exploring the steroid-fueled world of professional wrestling, this riveting chronicle lays bare the devastating events that led to the 2007 murder-suicide of Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their seven-year-old son, Daniel. Benoit's performance-enhancing drug addiction - massive amounts of doctor-prescribed human growth hormone were found in Benoit’s home - and subsequent suicide proved to be the tipping point for the professional wrestling world, resulting in unprecedented scrutiny of the sport’s subpar health and safety standards. Using public records, dozen of interviews with those inside and outside of wrestling, and investigative results, this authoritative analysis provides an uncompromising look at the price athletes pay in this rough-and-tumble world.

©2009 Irvin Muchnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Indie Scent 07-23-14
    Indie Scent 07-23-14
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    "Great News Coverage and Unreported Info"
    Where does Chris & Nancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better non-fiction audiobooks in my library right now.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Though the case was just in 2007, among the media circus it was difficult to figure out what exactly happened at the time. This book is a good run down of what happened, and some other info that wasn't prominently reported.


    What about Richard Tatum’s performance did you like?

    His reading was great and thorough. The book was mostly investigative, and the reader was very good at reading it in a neutral tone without being completely boring. He added good emphasis to make certain point clearer.


    Any additional comments?

    There is some bias in the reporting, but the author is good to note that those points are speculative, either his own or someone else's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 10-05-13
    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The author has an axe to grind."
    Would you try another book from Irvin Muchnick and/or Richard Tatum?

    No. Muchnick puts more effort into pointing fingers at the WWE rather than focusing on objectively describing the Benoit tragedy as a whole. Very disappointed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Irvin Muchnick again?

    Based on his biased handling of this subject, I can't trust his opinions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chris & Nancy?

    The author's preamble was far too lengthy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for objective coverage of the Benoit story, this is not for you. The author spends endless time guessing what the WWE knew. You can get more unbiased details from Wikipedia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carl zayas 01-14-16
    carl zayas 01-14-16
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    "Good journalism, unsure conclusion"

    It is clear that the narrator has little wrestling knowledge what with the constant mispronounced names. Author has a clear agenda, not sure if truth is one of them. Funny how he seems to alienate all of those whom he questions. Not bad, but you've heard it before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A.S. Laguna Niguel 09-04-15
    A.S. Laguna Niguel 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ALL SMOKE & NO FIRE"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A diehard wrestling fan may find something worth championing in this book, but it amounts to a colossal waste of journalism by missing the real story, and instead, focusing on a "timeline" of what the WWE knew and when it knew it. But to what end? To indict McMahon of having the bad taste to produce a RAW event in honor of Benoit, despite knowing he went crazy and killed his family. To which any reader familiar with this carnival barker will say, "Well, duh? What else is new?" Tasteless as it may have been, it's not a story worth reporting or reading. The real story is WHY Chris Benoit went mad. But the writer is more concerned with bad taste than he is about getting to the real issue in full-contact sports - brain damage. Which is why Sony is making a film about it starring Will Smith; I don't see anyone optioning this book any time soon, however.


    What could Irvin Muchnick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have started over when his fellow journalist, Melcher, told him he was chasing a non-story. Melcher was right. Who gives a damn about the Benoit tribute? Frankly, Chris was as much a victim as his wife and son. And I find McMahon's bad taste far more tolerable than Muchnick's bad journalism.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Tatum?

    He was okay, but like every narrator I've heard on Audible, he mis-pronounces names all over the place. Is there no director at these sessions??


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's cogently written, but misses the boat. He spends so much time chasing leads that go nowhere --like the kid who posted a rumor that Benoit's wife was dead before it made the news. Why dedicate a whole chapter to this? To suggest this kid was involved with the murders? It's ridiculous. Then he indicts the police for not following up with this lead. They let it go because it went NOWHERE. But nowhere seems to be a destination the writer is hell-bent to arrive at to stake some sore of claim.I don't know why this got published, to be honest.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Laabs Lenexa, KS 01-09-15
    Rich Laabs Lenexa, KS 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent book, but author is on a mission"

    The facts were good, and the research was there...but it was clear the author hates pro wrestling. Maybe he was denied a tryout when younger?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Too little for one book?"
    If you could sum up Chris & Nancy in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, repetitive unsatisfying


    Would you be willing to try another book from Irvin Muchnick? Why or why not?

    Perhaps


    Which character – as performed by Richard Tatum – was your favourite?

    n/a


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

    Not Really


    Any additional comments?

    A chance for a dig at the WWE (which to be fair is merited) and well researched, but very repetitive.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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