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New York Times bestseller

One of my dad’s favorite jokes about getting older was: “I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!”

I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a “mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. 

This next book, an “Act II” if you will, could be considered my “maturing years” in show business, when I began to say “no” more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. 

If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

– Bruce “Don’t Call Me Ash” Campbell

An icon of B movies and a champion of independent filmmaking, Bruce Campbell is an actor, director and writer best known for his roles as Ash in the Evil Dead franchise and Sam Axe on the hit TV show Burn Notice.

Written and read by Bruce Campbell. Co-written with Craig Sanborn. Recording and sound design by Sean McCoy at Oregon Sound Recording.

©2017 Bruce Campbell (P)2017 Bruce Campbell

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  • B Huck
  • Canyon Country, CA
  • 02-13-18

Hail to the Chin...Win for the Ears!

Where does Hail to the Chin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bruce is always one of the best authors to read their own book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hail to the Chin?

His Burn Notice Years!

Have you listened to any of Bruce Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Just as good!

Any additional comments?

After plowing through the goodness of his first book, "If Chins Could Kill," I was bummed it stopped before getting to his "Burn Notice" years. But despite that, it is one of the best audio books you will ever hear. Funny, informative and highly entertaining. Then my prayers were answered in his sequel book, "Hail to the Chin." Picks right up where his first book left off and takes you right up to him returning to Ash vs Evil Dead. Bruce is a master storyteller. If you are thinking of getting this book because you are a fan of his, think no longer. Just do it already and start listening.

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Every bit as good as the first

About half way through the first book, I realized how sad I was going to be when it ended. So much greatness has happened in Bruce Campbell's career since its publication date. After it ended I felt very positive things which I felt the need to share with the author. I went to his webpage to send him a pleasant letter and that's when I saw an ad for Hail to the Chin. I was unreasonably excited and picked this up immediately. I'm so glad that I did.

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Soothing voice to calm the soul, while laughing.

The book itself is comedy gold. You get caught up in Bruce’s world and feel personally connected. Now add his smooth, calm, voice, and your soul will feel refreshed like ointment on hemorrhoids. Quit screwing around and get this book either by audio or hardcover.

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  • Jim Wright
  • LONG BEACH, CA, United States
  • 09-17-18

He's still got it

Bruce Campbell is one of those actors who is hard not to love, no matter how cheesy the material. Like another Bruce (Willis), Campbell's movies tend to feature him getting curb-stomped for 90 minutes before ultimately prevailing. Whether it's aliens, mummies, zombies, more standard bad guys, or unimpressed locals, Bruce takes his beatings like a legend, maintaining his sense of humor along the way.

This second memoir picks up where his first leaves off, covering his more recent projects on film, television, the literary world, the fan world, and in real life in rural Oregon and Baghdad. Bruce is a solid storyteller, and he carries us along with wit and attention to detail. Its a fun read/listen

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it's Bruce Campbell of course it was awesome

can beat this book just as good as the first one ps don't watch starz anymore

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Good...but not great

I loved Campbell's first autobiography. It's one of the best autobiographies I've read. This second installment is good...but it's not great. It picks up where the last one left off. Unfortunately, the first one did a lot of heavy lifting. Unless you're a big fan of Burn Notice, that's where the biggest part of the story focuses. The story does cover from Jack of All Trades to Ash Vs. Evil Dead. The stories in between are sadly short and I would have liked a lot more details and stories. This isn't a terrible book by any means. It has Campbell's humor in it for sure. I'm still a fan. Final Grade - B-

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  • Glenn
  • Las Vegas, United States
  • 02-01-18

Entertaining Stories from Bruce Campbell

Imagine if you met Bruce Campbell in a bar, bought him a beer, and asked him questions like "Now that you are famous, what was it like meeting the guys you idolized when you grew up?", or "Tell me some behind the scenes stories from Burn Notice!"... that's pretty much what this book is like. The stories were entertaining and the narration was great. This is must-read for any fan of Bruce!

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  • Cj
  • 12-15-18

great audio book and hope there is a 3rd book soon

loved it great audio book and hope there is a 3rd book soon and thanks

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Great follow up--can't wait for Act III

This is a great follow up to the first book in the (assuming) three part series. Campbell has a real Jim Breuer way of telling a story and his genuine attitude comes off (and pays off) bigly (oh, sorry, must be a new American word, eh?) in this book. The stories about the horror people and his home issues/areas were fascinating. I liked knowing more about one of the most recognizable 'B Movie' actors of my generation. In fact, it's really hard to say he's B Movie with the body of work he's been in, including two very solid (and one very long lived) tv franchises. If you like Campbell, then this won't disappoint. If you have no idea who he is but you want to know more about movies--how real movies are made from Indy to Experimental to studio--then this book will interest you, too. I love BC and I really hope to see a killer 3rd Act.

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still awesome

still just an awesome guy and a real entertainer just as much fun as "if chins could kill"

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  • martin camp
  • 01-12-18

dissapointed it ended.

love Bruce's voice made it more like a 1 on 1 experience of his experiences beeig told to you. I did buy the book for the decorative sake of owning it but being the dyslexic I am I can't read it and this audio book was a great justification to give the people involved money. probably better to listen to it to be honest :) good book loved it

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  • marcus fry
  • 01-17-18

The chin is back<br />

Great to hear what the greatest b movie actor has been up to since his last book. You'll laugh you might cry, bit overall a great listen and superbly read, only gripe is that it just ends. Would have been cool to hear what Bruce has planned, but hey that's for another tale.

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  • talker
  • 11-29-18

Fantastic book

This is a fantastic book made even better by Bruce himself reading it. Thanks Bruce.

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  • Chad G.
  • 09-10-18

Bruce can tell a good story

This is a great follow up to his first book.....maybe not as great as his first book but that is because the majority of his film work that he is best know for is in that time period.

Bruce has a natural talent for story telling and he is the perfect person to ready the audio track on his autobiography

The story ends rather suddenly after the release of Ash vs evil dead....

Full of cool stories about pranks and his personal life

AWESOME

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  • Doug Brown
  • 08-16-18

what's not to like about this book.

another great story from the king. well performed by the man himself. will definitely be listening to this again

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  • Mark W.
  • 06-26-18

Interesting and outstanding

Another Interesting, funny and informative collection of stories and anecdotes from the king of the B movies

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  • Frith one of the best apps I have ever seen works great and delivers what it says I would pay for this app no problem
  • 06-26-18

Excellent

Very interesting and very funny - Bruce is an interesting guys and a good narrator on Audible

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  • Nick
  • 05-04-18

Bruce Almighty

Loved hearing what Bruce is upto now, great to hear an actor whom has worked hard and is humble

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  • Stevie G
  • 04-16-18

Evil is Evil Dead!

If you like Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell, you will like this. Read by Bruce does it justice, great humour the Campbell way. It's a follow on from his previous book which I haven't read but will do since listerning to this.

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  • M0f0110
  • 04-14-18

what a sequel

its the best sequel autobiography ive read/heard he has a great way of story telling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-18

Easy interesting and funny listen

Bruce is a funny guys and has lead a funny and interesting life. If your a fan of his movies and TV show I think you'll really enjoy this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-18

first was definitely better

The new book definitely feels like a bolt on to the first book, and the book ended quite abruptly. Always a pleasure to listen to Bruce's voice though, and knowing all the behind the scenes of his TV work. I would have preferred the book take on a later release to have some commentary regarding the cancellation of Ash vs evil dead though, which would have put an end to Bruce's run as Ash (if his own words are anything to go by...).

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  • Kai1
  • 09-28-18

Not quite as good as the original one..

Still very enjoyable, as his voice is awesome to listen to but the story this time was a little dry - i didn't feel that interested in the digging of his land to put in an internet cable so much as other areas, so maybe i'm not quite the fan i thought I was. Still an OK listen though.

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  • Chris Regan
  • 09-17-18

Hail to the King, baby

So, will you like this? Depends on whether you've read any of Bruce Campbell's other books. If you liked them, then this is for you, if you hated them, well nothing in here is going to change your mind.

It picks up where the previous volume finished, catching everyone up on what's been going on in his life since then. It has the same dry humour and honesty that I've come to expect from Campbell.

There are many stories about his time in the limelight but just as importantly we get an idea of the kind of person he is off-screen.

I highly recommend the audiobook version. There's something about hearing Campbell's dry delivery that really adds to the experience.

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  • Rhys
  • 09-14-18

awesome!

just as good as the first one. a great overview of the film industry and lifestyle

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  • Grzybo
  • 05-07-18

Bruce is back!

Ash Williams played by Bruce Campbell is one of my favorite TV heros. It's been a pleasure to listen to this book and hear back stage stories from this great actor.