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Prior to his tragic death in 2010, Ronnie James Dio had been writing his autobiography, looking back on the remarkable life that led him from his hometown in Upstate New York to the biggest stages in the world, including the arena that represented the pinnacle of success to him - Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.

As Ronnie contemplates the achievement of a dream, he reflects on the key aspects that coalesced into this moment - the close gang of friends that gave him his start in music, playing parties, bars, frats, and clubs; the sudden transition that moved him to the microphone and changed his life forever; the luck that led to the birth of Rainbow and a productive but difficult collaboration with Ritchie Blackmore; the chance meeting that made him the second singer of Black Sabbath, taking them to new levels of success; the surprisingly tender story behind the birth of the Devil Horns, the lasting symbol of heavy metal; his marriage to Wendy, which stabilized his life, and the huge bet they placed together to launch the most successful endeavor of his career...his own band, Dio.

Everything is described in great detail and in the frankest terms, from his fallout with Blackmore, to the drugs that derailed the resurrection of Black Sabbath, to the personality clashes that frayed each band.

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Horns up!

Great book, Dio, what else is there to say. The narrator did not work for me, his incessant over annunciation, and the way he slightly made his voice high when reading a quote from Wendy, were beyond annoying and did not fit the rock n roll nature of the story. He was sterile and bland and neither Dio nor his music and clearly not his life, were that. If they had the right person narrate it would have made all the difference.

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A wonderful book as a Ronnie James Dio fan

So many little tidbits that flesh out the mystery behind the man. I absolutely dispise Mick Wall's writing style, but luckely this work seems to stay close to the late RJD's manuscript. It really ended too soon, in the late 80s. I would have enjoyed listening to Dio's reunification with Sabbath towards the end of his career. Still, worth the price of admission. A great story full of insightful observations.

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Very interesting story

This was a very interesting book for me. I've listened to Ronnie's music for at least three decades and have known about his career as well. This book contains interesting details about his childhood and his beginnings in music which I didn't know. All of it well written and fascinating to me. This book covers his life up to the mid eighties while he still was in Dio. Hopefully, his life after that will be covered in a future book. This book has inspired me in some way about how I look at life and relationships with people. If you have any curiosity about Ronnie and his life then I recommend this book. This book got me to go back and discovery great early music from Ronnie's bands Elf and Rainbow. That in itself was worth having this book. I was deeply saddened when I heard of Ronnie's death years back and have become saddened again after reading this book and listening to his early music and watching old video of him as far back as the 60's in Cortland NY. RIP Ronnie. We all miss you.

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Stand Up & Shout

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have been a big DIO fan dating back to his days with Rainbow! Every rock fan should read this book! I loved Ronnie’s candor when talking about the music business. I also appreciated hearing from Wendy in this book; what an incredible life! We miss you Ronnie. Thank you for the magic!

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Great first half of a an incredible story!

This is a great audio book of Ronnie James Dion’s life. It goes up through 1986- 1987 era of his life. Beginning from a young man giving up baseball to pursue music which his dad believed would make him a better person in life.

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Dio rocks and is missed

Dio's autobiography is well written and narrated. Filled with a vibrant history, I was highly entertained. I hope the estate continues his tails as this books ends at 1986. Dio leaves us hungry for more.

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Great story... hoping Wendy writes the sequel!

Been a Dio fan since 1983. I tore through this book in nothing flat. Great to hear the history of the man and his music. My only complaint- and I mean COMPLAINT - is that the narrator couldn't be bothered to learn to pronounce names. "a-PIECE" ?! Really? C'mon, man!

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Ronnie James Dio

Awesome story, lifelong fan and still learned some new things about Ronnie's life I didn't know. R.I.P. Ronnie

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Interesting but repetitive.

As a native of Cortland, I was especially interested in Dio's accounts of his early years, centered around Cortland. Later years were interesting but story became repetitive and less interesting. I enjoyed it but sped up playback to get through. I would have liked to have a follow up about his early band mates and where they were now, especially around what happened to Gary Driscoll

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A window into an amazing talent

Have always been A Dio fan, but now I have a better appreciation for the extent of his talent and what a truly giving person he was. HE IS MISSED

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