Dusty

Reflections of Wrestling's American Dream
Narrated by: Kerry Woodrow
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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There has been much said about Dusty Rhodes, the 'American Dream', over the years by both his fans and peers. Aside from the frequent fictional prose penned by wrestling magazine journalists and internet smart marks that run rumor-mill websites, however, there has not been much written about him. Until now.

With the exception of a select few, there has been no bigger name or personality in the annals of pro wrestling history than Dusty Rhodes. Of those few, none of them can claim the compelling back story Rhodes shares in Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream of an industry plagued with political loyalties and disloyalties, greedy promoters, manipulative bookers, destructive personalities, multi-millionaires, and great leaders. Behind the "million-dollar smile" and the million dollar gate receipts is a man with a story to tell - not just of tall tales, yarns, and fabrications, but of a life filled with aspirations, dreams, disappointments, challenges, controversies, angst, conflict, success, and reflection.

Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream is the story of a transformation from mediocrity to superstardom. It is the story of how the boy Virgil Runnels Jr. became the man Dusty Rhodes and truly lived the 'American Dream'. This is his story.

©2005, 2006, 2012 Dusty Rhodes and Howard Brody (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Decent at best

Some good stories in this book. A little too much background on his time growing up. But overall a good book. However, the narrator is just plain awful. He clearly had no knowledge about the wresting business or the people in it. He mispronounced many names in the book. Really took away from the enjoyment of the book.

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What a horrible job

The narrorater ruined this book, he butchered every name he tried to say. Who ever was in charge of the audio version should be ashamed

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  • dj
  • 08-07-14

Do not waste your time

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kerry Woodrow?

No

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If you are going to narrate a book at least research the subject matter. I know this is not Shakespeare or Austen but for the love of God at least learn how to pronounce the names of the characters.

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Not really a book, more a collection of stories

If you're expecting a comprehensive book of Dusty's career this will leave you extremely disappointed. This is more a collection of stories from over the years. The book jumps all over the place, repeats itself a lot and isn't read very well. With that said, some of the stories are really interesting and some are very funny.

As I said the reader isn't very good -- he reads in what I guess he must thinks Dusty sounds like since it's sort of a Texas drawl -- of course if you're getting this book you know Rhodes sounds nothing like a typical Texian so it doesn't make much sense. Also the additional voices, which I know are done so you can seperate who is talking, are for the most part really bad. Finally he mispronounces numerous names and locations. With all that said I'll still give him 3-stars since if he did a straight read I think it would have been even worse since this book is written at a pretty low level.

So overall just know what you're getting, a collection of stories. If you can accept that you'll probably enjoy much of the book - but it's still quite disappointing that someone with so much knowledge of the industry would produce such a poor effort.

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Terrible Narrator

Narrator mispronounces dozens of names. Terrible droning voice as well. Takes a lot of the enjoyment out of it.

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great story, poor reading<br />

Narrator kept mispronouncing wrestlers names which was distracting. Dusty's story is intoxicating, however there were several NSFW language moments.

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horrible.

story is all over the place. reader cant pronounce names. hard to follow. quotes blend in confusing listener

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Outstanding Book, Wrong Narrator

Awesome story as told by Dusty Rhodes, but at times rough to listen to because of the narration. A bad country accent that was unnecessary. It was awesome to hear the inns and outs, ups and downs in the very humble beginnings are dusty. For a lifelong fan a wealth of new knowledge!

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reader sucks

reader needs to learn how to pronouncethe names in the book. even simple names were messed up

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Awesome

This was a great story about a man that can go down as a legend....... The American Dream will live forever through all the people he touched....

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  • Martin
  • 09-02-18

enjoyed it

Really enjoyed it but the narrator really butchered the names of the legends of wrestling

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  • Dean Belllerby
  • 11-19-19

reader should be sacked

I thought I really liked dusty, however the book seemed to be him just saying how much he loved his colleagues with some weird advertisements within...
as for the narrator.. he cant of done any looking into the names he was reading out such as "Eric bitch coff" and Verne ga-gagne worst narrator I have ever heard and would rather listen to a sat nav reading it!!!.
overall I thought the book was the worst wrestling bookings ever read,
must read daniel Bryan's book or jim Ross's now that's a wrestling book done right!!!