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When this best-selling autobiography was originally released, everyone was shocked: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the darkest, funniest, most controversial and best-selling rock book of its time - and it became the template, both visually and narratively, for almost every rock book since. Marilyn Manson is not just a music icon, it turned out, but one of the best storytellers of his generation. Written with best-selling author Neil Strauss and modeled on Dante's Inferno, this edition of The Long Hard Road out of Hell features a bonus chapter not in the original book. In the shocking and candid memoir, Manson takes listeners from backstage to emergency rooms to jail cells, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country. Along the way you'll hear what happens to fans - and celebrities - who dare to venture backstage with the one of the world's most dangerous rock stars. In the words of Elle magazine, the book "makes Madonna's infamous Sex seem downright wholesome in comparison".

©1998 Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting read (at times) but not well written

I should start off by saying that I have always been a strong Marilyn Manson fan. Definitely not someone you would see at his concert, but someone who appreciated his music, uniqueness and artistic style. In interviews he always struck me as intelligent and eloquent. Regrettably, I was very disappointed in this book. Besides the occasional gratuitous and salacious storytelling (which I’ll admit was entertaining, although severely limited!) I found it both pretentious and self indulgent.

Sometimes people moan on and on about how different they are from the norm. Which I can respect to a degree. But towards the end, his point was lost because he dug himself Into a hypocritical hole where he (at least in my opinion) transformed into a narcissistic bully, desperately trying to showcase the superiority in his beliefs and lifestyle not because his way of living brought him any sense of fulfillment. But for the juvenile reasoning that he seems to passionately hate normalcy in any sense of the word.

I don’t have to agree with what someone preaches, but at least make a decent case for yourself. Or at the VERY least, write it well.

Left this book less of a fan than i was coming into it, unfortunately.

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  • Lou
  • Orlando, Fl
  • 11-29-17

would have been 10xs better if Manson had narrated

not the hugest fan of his music but when i read this book i loved it. wanted to re read it without reading it again so I picked up the audio book. i wish manson had narrated. this guy did fine but i kept wanting to hear manson tell the tale

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a glimpse into the mind of an Idol

NEVER judge a book by its cover
try to understand the misunderstood
read it.
love.

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Good listen

narrator performed well book was a difficult to follow in some areas due to the amount of unfinished journal entries.

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Amazing!

I really enjoyed listening to this book! My only complaint is that there isn’t a second book to keep it going

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The Long Road Out of Hell

Remarkable, Interesting to know what happens behind the scene. Celebrities have hard lives also and everything is perfect.

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  • JJ
  • 04-08-18

Love it

I'm not even into his kind of music. But man this sht is fcked up I love it.

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love

I just love marylin manson so this hit the spot. I wish it was longer, but it was super funny

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informitive

I love his beautiful mind and glad to hear this story. before you judge it... read it or hear it.

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Very well written

Would have never thought to choose this as a book to listen to. However Marilyn Manson is so intelligent and writes so well, you fall into the story. Wish he read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-17

Suitable For White Trash (And You)!

Had lost my hard copy of the book so I'm glad that I was able to get a free audio book!

Other than the insightfully dark experiences, told within the story, James Patrick Cronin almost sounds like Marilyn Manson, which made it that bit better.

Also, the reading was delivered in an enticing and believable manner.

Overall, I'm happy that I put aside my unreasonable, unjustified, assumed dislike for audio books and moved with the times!

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  • davinia natasha gray
  • 03-23-18

Fascinating stuff. It really made me think and look at the man behind the image. He has more heart than some of these people parading around as the people's mouthpiece.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-18

Totally messed up

What a messed up dark intriguing piece of work by Marilyn Manson always true to form. Fantastic

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  • 05-12-18

Seriously dark and twisted

Maralyn Manson is the real deal. Enduring a very dysfunctional childhood. Not a gripping story at all and couldn't be engaged enough to finish it. It's just dark and empty.