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If Chins Could Kill Audiobook

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

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Publisher's Summary

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already!

©2002 Bruce Campbell (P)2010 Bruce Campbell

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    Stingray 08-05-14
    Stingray 08-05-14
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    "One Of The Most Enjoyable Books I Have Ever Heard"
    Would you listen to If Chins Could Kill again? Why?

    Yes
    There is a wealth of insider information on how Hollywood works and the inside story on what it takes to be a successful actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruce Campbell, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The tender story of how a chin conquered Hollywood and won our hearts


    Any additional comments?

    This book is funny, informative and sometimes downright dangerous to listen to when driving home from work as you can laugh so hard you might fall out of your seat - thank goodness for seat belts.

    I've enjoyed Bruce's work in front of the camera since I first saw him in the Evil Dead series. It wasn't until I listened to this book that I found out that he was an integral part of many other favorite movies and TV shows in a behind the camera capacity.

    Thanks to Bruce's dramatic reading and witty prose, this is one of the all time best listens I've ever gotten from audible.com.

    I hope audible gets more of Bruce's books in stock soon.

    I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this book as I did.

    Cheers.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Nelson Austin, TX 04-04-15
    Sarah Nelson Austin, TX 04-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Chin-tacular"

    I loved this book. Bruce (we're on a first name basis) has a perfect voice for narration. I could (and did) listen to him talk for hours. The book made me realize just how human actors actually are. His stories are funny and his observations of society are hilarious. I enjoyed every minute of this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 02-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Easily a B+"

    As a long time fan of Bruce Campbell, it was sort of interesting to hear him talk about things that were far from glamorous when it comes to the life of a "movie star" in the industry. He also gave some fun backstories to a few of those films you know you love if you are even bothering to glance at this title.

    The only downside is that this book was written well before "Burn Notice" took off and became a bit of a hit. It would have been fun to hear about some of that part of what has now become perhaps a nudge closer to B+ as far as his acting status is concerned.

    If you want something fluffy and full of pretentious nonsense, read the tabloids. If you want a real guy to tell you how it really is, this is a fun read.

    Having Bruce read his own book made it that much better. You felt like you were just hanging out and he was telling you his tale.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    wolffw34 06-08-15
    wolffw34 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hail To The King!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone I know who's a fan of any of these subjects will enjoy this audiobook:

    Chins
    The Evil Dead
    Cheesy B Movies
    Chins
    Sam Raimi
    Burn Notice
    Spider-Man
    Chins
    Darkman
    True Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
    Fake True Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
    1973 yellow Oldsmobile
    Chins
    True Fake Fake Stories Based on Early 80s Horror Movies
    Chins


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    Any moment involving chins.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favorite?

    Himself. Although his impression of the greedy, pig-headed Ted Raimi is also pretty spot on. From what I've heard about him he sounds like a pretty terrible person who, in place of a chin, is just all neck*


    *What I heard about him came primarily from this book.


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

    It made me want to chainsaw my own chin off in shame of the knowledge that it will only get me so far in life...which turns out won't be very far.


    Any additional comments?

    Chins, chins, chins! Listen to this audiobook now please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen D 04-30-15
    Colleen D 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Groovy!!!"

    Loved listen to him tell his story, it was sitting listen to good friend or family.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tammi 01-20-15
    Tammi 01-20-15
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    "Makes you understand the movie & TV business"

    This was a very hysterical book. Bruce explains his family background and complete history of the film business. I never saw Evil Dead, but now it's on my Netflix list. He also explains everything you ever wanted to know about tv & movie business. Fair warning though there is no mention of his Burn Notice days, as it was only in season 4.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melly Mel 05-04-16
    Melly Mel 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The audio edition is better than the book."

    I read the book several years ago and throughly enjoyed it. Bruce's narration makes a very good book great.

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    Josh C 04-19-16
    Josh C 04-19-16
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    "Bruce Campbell rocks out his story!"

    Great listen for fans of Bruce Campbell. Much like Ash vs. Evil Dead, nobody else could have pulled this off.

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    Stacey K. 09-15-14
    Stacey K. 09-15-14
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    "A Look Into the Life of a Hollywood Working Stiff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It offers an incredible and hilarious look into Bruce Cambell's life, and is enjoyable, even if you don't know him.


    What other book might you compare If Chins Could Kill to and why?

    There are not many other books that I have read or listened to that are similar. ICCK is its own beast.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favorite?

    All are wonderful, Irvin Shapiro and the Acid-Dropping Fan being standouts.


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

    There was many a moment when I physically laughed out loud at his well-told anecdotes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who would be interested in the crazy world of Hollywood.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MC 09-05-14
    MC 09-05-14
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    "Hilarious, honest, fascinating, and ever so Bruce"
    If you could sum up If Chins Could Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Bruce Campbell rules


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    The whole story of evil dead is pretty fantastic and hearing about them all growing up together was fantastic.


    What about Bruce Campbell’s performance did you like?

    He brings a certain ineffable charm to every line, you hear one word and you know it's really Bruce.


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

    I laughed out loud many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Bruce Campbell.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Katherine
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    7/5/15
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    "Groovy: the 2010 edition"

    The inimitable Bruce Campbell, one of the most distinctive voices (and chins) in show business, recounts his life story with charm and humour. From growing up with legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi to working with the Coen brothers and cross-dressing on the NZ set of Hercules, Campbell's story has warmth and remains down to earth throughout. A heartily recommended listen from the star of the Evil Dead movies and a must for fans. Even for those who have read the book, the lengthy addendum recounting events on his book tour to promote the original version of this story makes it a worthwhile addition to every Deadite's collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
    8/7/14
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    "Very Funny Book"
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    I had been told this was worth a read so was very happy to see it on audible. I wasn’t disappointed. I am a fan of Bruce Campbell and I guess that helps but I didn’t quite expect it to be as funny as it was.
    Well worth checking out for anyone that likes a laugh, enjoys films and wondered what it is like to be an actor in B movies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    10/27/14
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    "Groovy!"
    What did you like most about If Chins Could Kill?

    Full of information, that any fan of Bruce Campbell, will want to know!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Chins Could Kill?

    Bruce talking about shooting on 8mm.


    Which character – as performed by Bruce Campbell – was your favourite?

    Elvis.


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

    Well I didn't listen to it in the toilet.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for fans of Bruce Campbell!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • F. Varga
    4/23/16
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    "One of the best "feel good" listens I've ever had"

    I saw "Evil Dead" on VHS when I was 12. I had already become interested in filmmaking and special effects by then so instead of being scared I was impressed by the unique atmosphere and slapstick humor of the film. I became fond of Bruce Campbell then and was happy to spot him in stuff through the years ever since, be it a leading role or supporting. But there were a lot of things I didn't know about him, for example how good he is at telling stories. His voice is very pleasant, and the whole audiobook feels like you're having a chat with an old friend whom you haven't seen since high school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Toadjuggler
    Hampshire, UK
    10/19/17
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    "It's Ash, what more needs to be said"

    Just a great read, funny and warm. Loads of detail about making, financing and distributing "Evil Dead", the original video nasty and a true classic of budget horror movies (in that it's actually a damned good movie and not a "so bad it's good" like most self-financed horror). Bruce is a genuinely charming, funny and self-aware narrator, you'd enjoy this book even if you have never heard of the man. Go on, buy the damned thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JOHN BRUCE
    9/18/17
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    "Confessions of a B movie actor fan."

    As a big Bruce Campbell fan I loved this book. I already owned a hardback copy but there's just something about listening to the great man weave a yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doug Brown
    8/14/17
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    "Awesome "

    Great biography, great actor, Bruce does a great job on the narration I highly recommend this book,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Early
    7/30/17
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    "Beautiful chin"

    Wish it was longer, hope Campbell does audiobook work . Kept me giggling while on a very wet film set

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laymon
    6/28/17
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    "It's Bruce.. need I say more?"

    The hard and gritty (more likely real life) side of Hollywood brilliantly portrayed with such captivation by Mr Groovy himself. Entertaining and enjoyable throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andy c
    3/20/17
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    "groovy"

    loved it, possibility one of the best and most enjoyable autobiographys i have ever read. Groovy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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