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Publisher's Summary

Duff McKagan is one of the most respected survivors in hard rock. In How to Be a Man, he shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom - from his time with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family, and experiencing what it's like to be winked at by Prince.

An interviewer's favorite, McKagan's wisdom has been sought out on everything from financial planning and relationships to surviving the summer festival circuit and escaping a military coup. Expanding on his popular weekly columns in Seattle Weekly and on playboy.com and espn.com, McKagan equips listeners with the knowledge they need to rock fatherhood, manage their money, and remain a good dude in spite of it all.

©2015 Duff McKagan (P)2016 Tantor

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Good storytelling

Duff is a such an incredibly talented writer, storyteller, musician, and the list goes on! However, having JUST 'read' the amazing "It's So Easy", I have to say that it was a tough act to follow.
Still inspiring & appreciated though!!!

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Not nearly as good as his first book

His first book was awesome. One of my favorite rock docs. This book had too many lists not enough to say and really no stories about his life as a rockstar.

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Had some good things in it but hated the narrator

The book it self was not bad but the narrator's voice was annoying. If it wasn't for Duff doing a good job with the book I would not have continued it.

I loved his first book. This was a pretty good read. If you don't have his first book check that out for sure.

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Overly dramatic reader.

Enjoyed the book but the reader was so off putting. To dramatic - no one talks like that in real life. Would have been better if read by author

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Why was this awful narrator used?

What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Man the most enjoyable?

The stories told are interesting enough and fun to listen to, but you have to really work to pretend you're not hearing that narrator's voice. It honestly sounds like hobbit from New Zealand that's trying to have a Nashville accent, but doing so poorly, and is WAY overdramatic, as if he's telling a ghost story over a campfire. It just really ruins the whole experience. Would have been a thousand times better if Duff would have just narrated it himself, or at least someone that sounds something like a rocker from the states.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be a Man?

I like his list of "must haves" in your music collection. I very much agree with him on nearly everything.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

If I was listening to to something different. Nothing against him, but he was just NOT the person for that book…AT ALL! Who made that call?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Might be worth re-doing. The stories are fun.

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Duff McKagan Rules!

This book is an accurate tale from, quite possibly one of the coolest people to have hit the radio, Duff McKagan (the bass guitar player and co-author from Guns 'N' Roses).

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great advice mixed with rock and roll stories

I had no idea that Duff was such an accomplished and driven person. His personal story is inspiring and The Rock and Roll anecdotes are funny as well. Waiting for the next one!

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Meandering Tome

There are some life lessons and points in here about relationships that are good to hear. Overall I thought it meandered along and the narrator reminded me of an old man trying to be cool.

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Yet another excellent book from Mr. McKagan

A long time fan of just about everything Duff McKagan does! Get this book, too! Excellent!

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Duff McKagan is the best!

I admire Duff McKagan and have thoroughly enjoyed both of his books. I am a forty something female, currently a stay at home mom to three boys. Why would I listen to Duff? Because he has tons of great things to share and teach all of us. He is the REAL deal. Some of his stories are laugh out loud funny and some brought tears to my eyes. The narrator was excellent and I felt like I was listening directly to Duff. Can't wait for the next one.