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"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour.

People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

©2010 Ozzy Osbourne (P)2010 Hachette

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  • chris
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • 09-23-10

I want the unabridged version

It was so funny I read most of it a second time. But I thought it felt too short. Then I finally noticed this is abridged! The little book blurb on the title page isn't even in here. I wish I had held out for the unabridged version.

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  • Susan
  • Putnam Valley, NY, United States
  • 04-15-10

Loved It!!!

I have never been a fan of Ozzy. I didn't watch his reality show. I thought he was just a bumbling idiot. And I am from his generation. But I am a fan of Sharon Osbourne and I loved this book!!! It was soooo funny. Thankfully there was a great narrator. The things that Ozzy did in his life were crazy and he lived to tell. It's a laugh out loud book. Ozzy is a very funny storyteller. It was only about 3 hours. I wish there was more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Diary Of A Madman?

If you are a fan of Ozzy and/or Black Sabbath you will enjoy this book. For everyone else, this is an excellent insight into a rock star's life. It's all here: the boozing, the drugs, the groupies, and yes the profanity. Be warned: this book is loaded with it. But that is the rock star's life, I guess. The narration is great done by Frank Skinner. If you want to know about Ozzy, this book lays it out. An excellent 3 hour listen including the interview with Ozzy at the end. This book is comparable only to Eric Clapton's autobiography. Good book! Good listen!

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  • deborah
  • Londonderry, NH, United States
  • 12-26-16

good book !

great to hear all the inside stories and escapades of Ozzy! very entertaining and emotional.

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Awesome

What did you love best about I Am Ozzy?

Just the fact that it is about Ozzy. I have been following him since the late 70's.

What did you like best about this story?

What seemed to be a truthful admission about life.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he talked about his love for Sharon

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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good but short

overall interesting, but found it was pretty short! the narration is decent and fairly entertaining.

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Ozzy!

Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Ozzy to be better than the print version?

If you are (were) a fan of Black Sabbath and/or Ozzy, then this is a must read! highly entertaining book! my only complaint would be that it was too short! I could listen to Ozzy's life story's everyday! highly recommended!

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Way way way too short - A rip off

This is one of the most infamous characters in rock ‘n’ roll and what was covered was great. But most all of it was cursory at best. Perhaps that is all he is capable of giving now and I’m happy to have at least that much.
Having listened to many of these rock biographies, I must say for most people, don't bother with this one. There isw simply not enough in the book to make it worth a purchase. SO many other great ones out there.

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Loved the narrator<br />

I wish that he would have spent more time telling about the struggle to become great. But it is a very entertaining story anyway

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Disappointingly Short

I could not believe this book was that short. Totally Disappointed. A 40 year career summed up in a few hours. I was expecting way more stories and juicy info that wasn’t already well known. I got neither. Total waste of my money.