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Publisher's Summary

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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terrible narrator

stories were great, narrator was awful. get Bruce Prichard to read it in Dustys voice

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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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The American Dream

man I wish the dream read this himself. long live the American dream dusty rhodes

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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

Any additional comments?

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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Narrator does NOT know how to read!!

I have been a wrestling fan for 35 plus years growing up with WCW, WWF and ECW from much of their growth. The people involved are not unknown to even some casual fans. Their names go hand in hand with the companies they represented. The narrator pronounced the names of more than HALF of the wrestlers and promoters WRONG. IT DROVE ME NUTS. Names such as Verne Gagne pronounced like gAngeee over Gagne.. even if I spelled the names wrong I can pronounce them properly. Dusty's opponent's names at times were repeatedly butchered to the point I did not finish this book. I skipped the last hour and last chapter because I was tired of hearing names I knew spoken so blatantly wrong that I came to the conclusion either he read them wrong on purpose or he did not care at all that he was saying things incorrectly. This obviously was not played for an editor that knows wrestling either or the editor would have EASILY spotted the names said wrong from ring announcers, referees (Earl Hebner is NOT hard to say but was read wrong multiple times), promoters as well as wrestlers. Some were wrestlers that passed away which made the errors even more outstanding in my opinion.
The story is GREAT IF you can get past all the reading errors. I would say Dusty Rhodes is in my top 10 wrestler favorites of all time but this audiobook did NOT do HIM justice. His story is the only thing that kept me listening as long as I did. This is the FIRST time I have ever written a negative review too in the dozens and dozens of reviews that I have left here on audible.com.

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A Bio... If You Will!!!

It was an ok bio. Would have liked more in ring stories. The narrator is at times so bad it makes it "good". It made me lol at the various name pronunciations. For example, the guy had at least 3 or 4 different ways to say Jarrett. And let's not forget the classic Bis-ch-off

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Great story, horrible narration.

I liked the stories and the writing style, but the narrator was absolutely awful. Not only did he mispronounce most of the names (e.g. Ted DiBiase [DEE-Be-YAH-See] he says "Ted DeBase." Additionally, he tries to do the voices of the people who are quoted, but shouldn't even bother if he isn't going to sound anything like them (KEVIN SULLIVAN HAS A THICK BOSTON ACCENT. JIM ROSS IS AN OKLAHOMAN WITH BELL'S PALSY. JUST STOP.)
All in all, I enjoyed the stories, but if Kerry Woodrow is featured on other books, I will avoid them like the grating plague his voice made this listen.

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great book ....terrible reader

the book is great but can't enjoy it properly because the reader can't pronounce names or locations

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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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  • 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!!!