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Publisher's Summary

There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that's just not JR.

Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.

Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first seen it on his grandparents' TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of "outsiders", he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business - from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss toward revenge to consoling two naked 600-pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.

With all those adventures and responsibilities, he's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock, to name a few. Listeners will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn't just a wrestling story. It's a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. Currently he is the host of the podcast The Ross Report.

Any fan of wrestling- from the territory days to today - will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story - and you don't want to miss it!

©2017 Jim Ross with Paul O'Brien (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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Somewhat disappointed

Jim is the greatest announcer of all time for sure! I felt the book didn’t really go in depth about the wrestling business. I wanted more stories and behind the scenes stuff. It only covers his career up until WrestleMania 15. To Jim’s credit his career was so long so it would be hard to cover everything. Maybe a second book coming later? Hopefully! I would recommend this book for the wrestling fan who grew up listening and watching Jim. Over all I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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Absolutely fantastic!

Sometimes, you just know that something is going to be good and feel validated when you find out that you were right. When I heard that Jim Ross' 'Slobberknocker' would be coming out as an audiobook I immediately got excited. I figured there was no way this could turn out as anything other than fantastic and am happy to say I was right.

The story is engaging throughout, moving from thought provoking to laugh out loud funny to full of real emotion as smoothly as the best car ride.

The narration is wonderful as you'd expect from someone who is used to using his voice to tell stories meant to captivate an audience. Just like when he does commentary, JR knows the notes he needs to hit and when and always has the appropriate tone for the story he's telling.

Jim Ross is not a perfect man, nobody is and he never claims to be, but he is honest when describing his failings and regrets.

If you're a wrestling fan, this is a must listen. If you admire people who are willing to chase their dream no matter the cost and those who have overcome many obstacles along life's journey then you will also find it compelling.

The book ends at WrestleMania XV in 1999 which means that there are still many more stories to tell. 'Slobberknocker' sets a high bar for any books that will follow but if anyone is up to the task it is Good Ol JR.

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Ross Reports

From territories to Titan Towers, JR delivers. Good God nothing can break him in half.

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Phenomenal book!

I’m a huge wrestling fan and to hear Jim’s story is inspirational and emotional. I’m thank you Jim for sharing your stories in your life’s journey

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loved it!

great history of a man in have listened to my whole life. highly recommend to any wrestling fan.

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A must for a wrestling fan

I love audiobooks by the actual voice of the person who lived the story. Jim Ross tells us his life from OK farm boy to his meteoric rise to a premier voice in wrestling. We hear of his love, passion, fears, and failures in life, and in the wrestling business. Awesome audiobook.

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Amazing!!

I loved the entire book. Im glad JR did the reading. It felt like he was telling me stories while sitting at the bar having a crown royal.

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exactly what I had hoped this would be. Great!

I Loved this story. Great detail, & explained many things I had always questioned. if you are even a somewhat fan of wrestling and are 25-35 years old, you will love this book.

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Great book!

A must for any fan of old school wrestling. The description says its JR and another person reading, but don't be fooled! The other person is just for the foreword and afterword - this is JR's story as told by JR! If you enjoyed books by Mick Foley, Chris Jericho and others, this book will fill in a lot of backstory to WWF, WCW/NWA, MidSouth and more!

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Amazing Listen

I really enjoyed listening to J.R. tell his life story I believe any wrestling fan will love this book.

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  • Jaime
  • 10-16-17

Slobber knocker

I really enjoyed this book.
Having it read by the author isn’t always good to hear but Jim Ross really made me want to keep listening (just like he does whenever he’s doing his announcing for any promotion).
The performance is essential to me because audio is a huge part of my life, I’m blind and most of the books haven’t been available in accessible formats until recently.
I gave this rating because JR’s performance kept my attention throughout and to me that’s what audiobooks should always do, just like the original printed books are meant to do.
I look forward to the sequel.

Jaime

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Jim, this was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

I could not recommwnd this more. Thank you for your honesty and insight, Jim. God Bless.

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  • Danny
  • 12-10-17

Good old JR

brilliant for a wrestling fan like myself. great story, great audio by the man himself. my childhood voice of wrestling through the best decade of wrestling the attitude era.

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  • K. Tobin
  • 11-29-17

Bah Gawd, what a story!

What made the experience of listening to Slobberknocker the most enjoyable?

The voice of wrestling tells his life story in his own words. Often hilarious and sometimes very moving, Ross has had a hard life and personally paid a very high price for his wrestling obsession, but he never comes across as self pitying. I grew up listening to Ross as a youngster when WCW used to be on ITV in the early 90s, and lost interest in wrestling during the Attitude era of the late 90s, so the time that this book covers was perfect for this listener (it finishes with his return to call the main event at Wrestlemania XV in 1999).

What other book might you compare Slobberknocker to, and why?

Only two other wrestling books come close to this one: the autobiographies of Ric Flair and Bret Hart respectively. Ross' book mixes the best of both, with Flair's humour and Hart's narrative detail.

What does Jim Ross and R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I'm sure this reads fine but Ross' voice illuminates the story. Normally I get bored with autobiographies and speed them up 2 or 3 times, but I was hooked on this one. A magnificent book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bah Gawd!

Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of wrestling, or were, make sure to listen to this book, one of the best I've read in years.

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  • David Cardiff
  • 11-24-17

A must have for wrestling fans

Simply put, the life and times of Jim Ross is a must own title for anyone who loves the game of professional wrestling.

Having lived through the time period in which this book is set, and the memories that Jim vividly describes was absolutely fantastic.

I sincerely hope that Jim chooses to write a follow up book for post 1999, as there are probably even more stories that I would love to hear.

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  • matt baillie
  • 11-20-17

Brill

Just a fantistic book loved every word off it , I will lisen again and again

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  • Reece
  • 11-09-17

BAWGODALMIGHTY!

An apsolute joy to listen too one of the greatest announcers to ever grace sports entertainment tell HIS story of the man under the cowboy hat.

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  • Chen
  • 11-08-17

Funny, sad and great story telling from J.R.

Great story telling from the voice of Wrestling, can't wait for the next instalment. 5 star (6 in Japan)

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  • Ross Kernohan
  • 11-08-17

Must Listen

A must for fans of the sport. Has a brisk pace and doesn't wait for a minute. Like most people who will be looking at this you will know that JR is a pleasure to listen to. It remains true in audiobook format.

I only wish it was longer and went into more detail! There must be thousands of stories not told in the book but definitely worth a listen.

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  • Mark William Dale
  • 10-31-17

Absolute Slobberknocker

Amazing insight into the life & career of the greatest play by play announcers of all time. Any wrestling fan will enjoy JR's stories of him getting into the business and becoming the WWE's greatest

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-17

by gawd

from fan to the greatest commentator of all time. this book tells you about good ol J. R's rise in the ranks. in the wrestling business. it shows you how strange yet fascinating the business is and his passion for wrestling really shows in the book and the fact that Jim Ross reads it himself makes the book that much better