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Professional Idiot

A Memoir
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen “Steve-O” Glover wouldn’t do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds.

As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous.

Steve-O has been a man in search of a spotlight practically since birth. Growing up all over the world, thanks to his father’s career as a corporate executive, he was the kid who’d drink handfuls of salt in order to make friends. After he stole a video camera from his dad as a teenager, his future path was more or less sealed. Footage of himself skateboarding soon gave way to footage of himself setting his hair on fire or doing back flips off apartment buildings into shallow pools. After detours to several hospitals, a couple of jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he landed, quite naturally, on MTV’s Jackass, in 2000.

He took to fame like it was the very thing missing from his life, but it was never enough. He filled the void with booze and drugs, and soon began treating his entire life like it was one big—and supremely risky—stunt.

In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood apartment, where he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed drugs around the clock—and began broadcasting his downward spiral on the Internet. Finally, his Jackass comrade, Johnny Knoxville, and seven other friends staged an intervention and forced him into a psychiatric ward against his will, ultimately saving his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction and the path to recovery and redemption with the same bravado and humor that have endeared Steve-O to so many. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot will entertain those who’ve been with him on his many wild rides, as well as surprise and intrigue those who know him only as the guy willing to do anything—no matter how painful—for a laugh.

©2011 Ballbag, Inc. f/s/o Stephen Glover. (P)2011 Hyperion

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Steve-O narrates 1st 53mins then you get a new guy

Sort of deceptive. I???m enjoying the audiobook but 53 mins into it Steve-O announces he???ll no longer be reading it and then hands it over to some other narrator. What the hell?
It???s weird trying to adjust to it now that I???ve been used to hearing the actual author talk. Would this be an example of bait and switch? It does says Narrated by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover.
Steve-O, liking the book so far but sad to say as a consumer I am disappointed. (so far 5 stars for content but overall 2 for lame decision on replacement)

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Bummed by the "Bait and Switch".

Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Small let down

Steve O not doing the audio after the first hour was a let down, I think him telling his own story would of been more impactful but still a great audio book

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bait and switch

bait and switch Steve narrates for a very short time but the actual story is very interesting and brutally honest

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Great til he left.

Everything was going great until once again the narrator, well this time the author and brief speaking man himself Steve-O left his reading and was continued on by some buster that I couldn't relate to like I did Stevo-O.
Bring Stevo back and drop the 16 year reading it.

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very good. but.......

very good.....but Steve​-o stop narrating less than an HR in. it was much more compelling and Drew you into his story when it was him.

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Great story, wish Steve-O read more

Love Steve-O, love his story, love his transparency! Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is Steve-O himself only read like the first chapter! But overall it was a great listen!!

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steveO should have read entire book

steveO should have read whole book that was lame. it took the personal feel away.

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Loved it but didn't realize SteveO barely narrated

Really enjoyed the story. Jarring to hear a new narrator after 1 or 2 chapters.

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Ah ha ah ha ha... book is so RAD, dude.

As someone coming from addiction and growing up at the time of all these awesome stunts and gags that the jack ass crew rangers champions on network television. I can honestly say that I was amazed and in love with all the very things written in this book. To hear Steve-O talk so openly & honestly about so many dark and sad times in his life, is absolutely refreshing and gives me great joy to know that there’s always another side to every person. If you enjoy this book as much is I have then you will certainly enjoy another great book by a band NOFX. I promise you if you enjoy this book you must also read or listen to the NOFX book Hepatitis Bathtub & Other Stories.!
I promise you that this was one of my favorite books that I have ever read and it absolutely changed my life in a big way. I don’t even like NOFX and it was still one of my favorites . So Steve-O is one of my top eight books, right under the NOFX book and scar tissue book.
Thank you for putting such a great read on here and I expect to read many more.

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  • storm in heaven
  • 01-21-19

Good but sneaky marketing, Steve-o doesn't narrate after chapter 3!!! Misleading

I'm not far into this and it's good but don't be fooled into thinking steve-o narrates the whole book, pretty annoying that not far into the book , he announces he has other stuff to do and from then on he wouldn't be narrating!! Very strange and for me , all the best audible books are narrated by the actual person who's written it, this spoils it , was a lot more into when Steve-o himself was recounting his story

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  • Dean
  • 09-22-17

Great audiobook but where did steveo go?

One of the most brutally honest audiobooks I've ever listened too. I'm not a big steveo or jackass fan but decided to listen to the audiobook impulsively and was hooked.
Steve is a lot smarter than I gave him credit for and surprisingly articulate. Getting friends and family to recount their experiences was a great touch.
The only negative was Steve giving up on reading the book early on and getting someone else with a slightly nauseating voice to do it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-19

you can't but love steve-o!

Love this book!!

As a big 'Jackass' fan back in the day Steveo was always my favourite! not sure what it was about him but he was always so much fun to watch and you could tell he loved what he did! I knew the boys seemed pretty wild but had absolutely no idea of what went on behind the scenes.

Recently I came across a YouTube video of a documentary steve-o had done and downloaded this book! I was absolutely blown away by his life story and the fact that he had relied so much on drugs and alcohol!

I'm so so happy he had come out the other side to tell his story!! He is an absolute legend, an inspiration to people who live with addiction and seems like a genuinely lovely person! Overall a great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

good

if interested in jackass this is worth a read.crazy stuff narrated well . good value

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  • Robert P. Hanley
  • 07-11-17

Great listen if you are a fan of Steve-O!

Insight into why somebody would do the do the things he has done - with an understanding as to where his mind went when on this journey.
He's brutally honest in his details and I like him a little more having listened to this Autobiography.

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  • Elmo Nino
  • 06-30-17

Enthralling story

great from start to finish. doesn't shy away from the more uncomfortable subjects with addiction and give a very sincere and honest account throughout. I highly recommend.

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  • Martin
  • 04-01-16

captivating

stereo's story is very interesting, had me laughing most of the time, and gave me some perspective on issues such as drug abuse and how to deal with personal demons

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  • max dagnall
  • 12-02-15

fantastic honest book really happy for that stevo

stays clean he has some fantastic story's I listened to this book in 3 days

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  • K. Bailey
  • 04-22-14

Really is the story of an idiot

Would you listen to Professional Idiot again? Why?

No I am not sure it's a story you need to hear twice. If you are listening to the book then you are likely familiar with what you are getting. Steve o is difficult to like to be honest. He has limited depth, does a lot of drugs, ducks out on his responsibilities and pushes the limits all the time. It's hard to empathise with him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Knoxville - he made a lot of money off Steve-o and others like him. He still did the right thing in committing steve-o and he is brutally honest in his bits.

What about Stephen "Steve-O" Glover and Stu Sone ’s performance did you like?

I didn't mind the fact Steve-o disappears a couple of chapters in. I was expecting though. I didn't like the way it happened though...felt like hey I have more important things to do so I am off. But that is actually fairly reflective with what you come to know about steve-o so it does make sense as the story progresses.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very mixed actually. It is hard to feel sorry for him or empathise with him. You get the feeling that something isn't wired the way it maybe should be and you feel for the people around him. But then most of the people around him make money from his ability to be 'more insane' than others so you do think that people were either as insane as him or made money off him and his antics.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the way the book included the right to reply bits from various people in his life. It balances it nicely. People like steve-o have always existed as the book goes on I felt that he would have been a court jester and enjoys being a performing monkey for others. But that then drives a whole host of nurosis for the man himself that are found in similar personality types through history.

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  • domonik
  • 08-27-17

The rad romantic

You've been my hero from 2 decades and a bit I look up to you as you are now on YouTube more than anyone else born in the U.K. - god central be you bro !! Sky's horizon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-18

Professional idiot

great story! and the additional narrators are great. very pleased with this purchase. Yeah dude!

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  • Annabelle
  • 07-20-17

Touching, beautiful book

My heart is full of love for Steven. I have been a fan until I randomly chose this title. His self awareness and reflections on alcoholism have made me think hard about my own choices. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

good listen missing stevo though

good book and interesting story just a shame stevo didn't read it all. would have made it so much better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-18

Absolute gold

Bloody good story, great how he is so honest with him self the audience and is an all round great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

So much love for this

Hope this is not his last book! Steve-o is a one of kind dude and the stories he recounts are the same.

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  • Jessica Schuil
  • 04-11-19

Great story, lazy performance

I loved this book. A really great tale, well written with lots of interesting stories.
The only downside is that steveo only reads the first little bit, then offloads the narration to someone else. Very disappointing. The book would have had much more impact if it was read in the authors voice.