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.
This is one of the better non-fiction audiobooks in my library right now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Based on his biased handling of this subject, I can't trust his opinions.
The author's preamble was far too lengthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.
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?
"Too little for one book?"
Interesting, repetitive unsatisfying
A chance for a dig at the WWE (which to be fair is merited) and well researched, but very repetitive.
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