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From Steven Adler, the original drummer for Guns N' Roses, comes My Appetite for Destruction, the inside story of GNR. Offering a different perspective from the bestselling Slash, Adler chronicles his life with the band, and own intense struggle with addiction, as seen on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

©2010 Steven Adler (P)2020 Tantor

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TERRIBLE NARRATION

You'd think they could at least find someone that can pronounce the very significant people and bands names that are in this book, or at least proof listen to it first. It really ruins the book by having to repeatedly listen to all these names mispronounced over and over. Who in hell doesn't know Dokken is pronounced "Dock-in"? Ruined it for me.

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Don’t do it

I just finished green lights and wanted another bio book. As good as green lights was, this was equally bad. The same struggle of addiction 50 times in a row. And the narrator sounded like Casey Kasem trying to be a stoner. At the end it said published in 2010. Hope this guy has it together by now.

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Slightly Disappointed

I am a huge guns n roses band which is the only reason I got through this book. I'm not a prude or anyting, but I could have done without all the details about his bodily fluids on women's - or as he called them "chicks" - faces, and other countless x-rated encounters. I mean I understand that he's a rockstar and that is part of the lifestyle, but I have read many a rockstar memoir, and they have always managed to get their point across without the tireless descriptions how exactly what went down (pun intended).
The narrator just sounded like an actor who was trying to portray a vapid stoner. I guess that is appropriate but just came across to me as if he were trying too hard. my 19 year old was in the car with me during some of it and he even commented that the guy sounded ridiculous. I explained to him that the actual author had suffered a stroke and a pretty bad slur, but agree with him at this dude sounded like a bit of a tool. My only other complaint is that Steven did not address the whole Rocket Queen thing. I would have liked to hear his thoughts on Axl hooking up with Steven's lady friend for the infamous sound effects in that song.
I can't say that the book was boring it held my attention but at times I couldn't help but cringe.

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great book but...

great audiobook but the narrator should have taken a few minutes to learn how to pronounce some of the names of people, especially well known rock musicians.

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sucked not what I expected

What's super lame not what I expected the person reading it put me to sleep the story was lame

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GnR lies

The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce Tone Loc and Dokken. Good book otherwise.

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An insightful, yet flawed piece of work

I’m a big Guns N’ Roses fan, and was excited to get through Steven adler’s memoir. But he spends a bit too much time on things that don’t matter, like describing in detail how he had sex with this one specific chick he never saw again, things like that. It goes off track quite a few times and some accounts of events seemed very one sided and biased. But overall, it was still insightful and helped flesh out the history of being i GNR, and what it was like going through life for Adler. Certainly not as polished as slash or duff’s autobiographies, but a decent read nonetheless. This narrator was also a bit ill placed but I grew accustomed to his delivery eventually

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loved it

although I was a die hard GNR fan since High School, I fell in love with Steven Adler as a person when he was on Celebrity rehab. He was so real. And so is this book. I understand why he didn't narrate it himself because as he mentions in the book he had a stroke years back and it sometimes makes him hard to understand. But I did take one star away for the narraration because I could tell at times (just by knowing the way Adler speaks) the tone was misinterpreted. But a very minor detail.

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One fifth of the story of the greatest rock band of our time

I was that guy that kept asking radio stations to play GnR and bugging everyone about how awesome this band was. The strange highlight of this book was when the author confirms that the last show of the Appetite tour at Texas Stadium “in” Dallas, the only GnR I’ve ever attended (having won them on the Z-Rock affiliate in Houston) was the worst show ever! I listened to Duff’s book and this one is much lengthier as there’s considerably more “off the rails” escapades but many listeners will be put off by repeated stories of the excesses of the rock & roll lifestyle by one who has managed, barely, to survive… I’ve got Slash’s book cued up in Audible after which I’ll have 2/3 of the official story of my favorite band.

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Definitely a true story of the life of an addict

Steven’s story is a roller coaster ride. He had the resources to use as much as he wanted. With that came the insanely of doing the same thing over and over again. It became his comfort zone. A lot of people tried to help him. Being an addict myself I understand but using to me was different because I don’t have millions of dollars. I pray he isn’t an addict that will die with never getting the joys of recovery. Only time will tell. I hope I never hear that he died of an overdose. A to die junkie as it’s known. My Gods love save him from himself. Stay strong brother