Seven Deadly Sins

Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good
Narrated by: Corey Taylor
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (809 ratings)

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For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early '90s, he threw himself into a fierce-drinking, drug-abusing, hard-loving, live-for-the-moment life. Soon Taylor's music exploded, and he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road.

His new and ever-more-extreme lifestyle had an unexpected effect, however; for the first time, he began to actively think about what it meant to sin and whether sinning could - or should - be recast in a different light. Seven Deadly Sins is Taylor's personal story, but it's also a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a "good" person or a "bad" one. Yes, Corey Taylor has broken the law and hurt people, but, if sin is what makes us human, how wrong can it be?

©2011 Corey Taylor (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Fans of the heavy metal band Slipknot will eagerly devour its lead singer/songwriter Taylor's first book, which displays a prose that perfectly captures the supercharged energy, aggression, and outrageousness of Slipknot's music.... Powerful and moving." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Such a raw story from a deeply interesting artist!

What did you love best about Seven Deadly Sins?

The sound of Corey Taylor's voice was the perfect way to experience this story. I appreciated the highs and lows, the truth, the savagery, and the sin. No one could narrate this story the same way!

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and the outrageous, surreal scenarios.

What does Corey Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I could read this story over and over, but I am convinced that I would not get the same feel or the unique appreciation for the story if I hadn't had him to read it "to me". I wish he would have read it more like the spoken word though... Using the proper language doesn't seem like his real style. While he is artistic and eloquent, I just don't get the sense that he speaks without the use of contractions. At times, he would get excited and you could feel the essence of the part of the story he was recalling. That was the most genuine part of the story and I appreciated how some of the inner dialogue of the mind escaped and found its way into his prose.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each time he recalled his early youth, it made me so sad for him. His recollection was a testament to how people who experience violence in their childhood can remain a victim of it all their life or they can use it to heal and to change their lives. He is a dedicated parent and invested in the lives of his children to ensure that they will not endure the same nightmarish hardships he was subjected to by his ridiculous excuse for a mother.

Any additional comments?

I CANNOT WAIT for his next book. I hope he narrates it too. I wish I hadn't waited so long to be a fan but I will remain so for life!

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Seven Deadly Sins

Would you be willing to try another book from Corey Taylor? Why or why not?

Sure. Seven Deadly Sins was pretty good, so I'd try another if he wrote one. I'd prefer a real autobiography though.

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

He doesn't have any unless you count his performances in Slipknot and Stone Sour. You can't really compare those to this though.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. He's mostly ranting. I agree with him in most of his ranting which is nice, but it's not really moving.

Any additional comments?

If you like Corey Taylor, you might like his book. I really don't know who I would tell to buy this book.

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Glad I didn't read this before buying concert tix

I'll start with the the biggest bonus to the audio version of "Seven Deadly Sins". Corey Taylor narrates the book which of course that in itself makes it wonderful for performance. His voice is awesome in song and reading a book and.... that's where the positive ends.

:: Caution May Contain Spoilers ::

There are so many horrible things about this book that I can't begin to list them all but first and foremost is the fact that Corey Taylor explains how he fits the description of a complete and utter narcissist. He talks about a life that should have humbled him by all standards but while he speaks about being raped at the age of 11 he shows no raw emotion and instead constantly veers off on sexual encounters and how much he wants his hot wife (which by the way he is no longer married to said hot wife). He bashes people with "worthless pieces of paper" called degrees and tells how superior he is with his many godly talents for writing, singing, performing, and using big words when not necessary. Taylor rants about prejudice while he then tells all of his fans to f off he hates all of his supporters. This makes me really glad I didn't read this book before buying my tickets to their concert.

The worst part is that I really like the message he was sending with the deadly sins not being relevant to how we live and I agree with many of his views. But, I just hated how he came off with a god complex while judging the people who support him.

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Corey Taylor at His Best

If you could sum up Seven Deadly Sins in three words, what would they be?

Corey. Fucking. Taylor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Corey opens up about his personal life, especially his younger years, throughout the book. Some moments are full of anger, while others are told in such a detached, apathetic manner that the reader is forced to assume that Corey has to detach himself or risk falling apart.

Any additional comments?

Corey Taylor's first book is amazing. He expertly sets up each "sin" for debate and delves into human nature to show that these "sins" are exactly that: human nature. Corey is a true talent using humor, anecdotes from his life, and the occasional f-bomb to get his point across. Whether the reader agrees with his views or not, they are laid out in such a way that the reader has to at least consider the author's point of view before choosing to embrace or reject the message.

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Nonsense

This is a book that was written in two weeks. There was no actual research done. It is pretty much just a rock and roll musician rambling about things he doesn’t know anything about and justifying his own behavior. Corey has a good voice. That was the best thing about it. Other than that, this book really sucks.

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Disappointed

Narrow minded and narcissistic, slams people who judge then proceeds to pass judgment on others.

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not impressed

What would have made Seven Deadly Sins better?

I was excited to listen to this book. I enjoyed that Corey was narrating himself and he does a good job of that. The content of the book seemed a bit redundant and I could not finish listening to it. For the first time, a book made me sleepy to listen to it and since I listen to it in the car, that is not good. I would love to hear more stories about his life because it is interesting. I agree with his philosophy on this subject, I just couldn't get into this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Corey Taylor again?

maybe

What three words best describe Corey Taylor’s performance?

full of cliches

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This book made me feel better about being me

Corey lays it all out and busts the 7 deadly sins down on how all is bullshit and how its a simple tactic for control... He goes through with a lot of his life stories and you get an insight on the past that made him the musical icon he is today... If you are a fan of slipknot/stone sour or Corey Taylor in anyway, you should pick this one up...

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Profusely Written and Narrated

Slipknot and Stone Sour were fixtures on rotation in the soundtrack of my late adolescence. Corey Taylor's powerful vocals and lyrics are rightfully exulted by fans, and even on the earlier Slipknot records, his experimentation with the musicality of language suggests an authentic feeling for the word.

It's no surprise, then, that Seven Deadly Sins suffuses musicality, penned with rhyming and rhythm that occasionally trespasses into verbosity. But even when Taylor is at his wordiest, his self-narration carries the listener along in a slipstream of kinetic prose. To be honest, I can't imagine a better way to experience Seven Deadly Sins than in audiobook.

Taylor obviously appreciates the craft of musical word-making. In this book, we learn that his appreciation transcends mere song writing, stepping into the realm of literature. Oh yes: Corey Taylor is a word nerd.

The craftsmanship of pen and voice on display is a treat, even if Taylor's riffing on the virtues of canonical sin is too fast and loose to resolve into an authoritative argument. This is not to say Seven Deadly Sins is bereft of tasty nuggets for thought. Through colorful and personal anecdotes drawn from an interesting life-in-progress, Corey Taylor gives plenty in return for the reader's attention.

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7 Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor

This is a great audio book. He is such an interesting and charismatic person. He will make the listener laugh, cry, and think about life; and what is important/ not so important (in life) thoughout this audio journey. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it. He is an amazing singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and now author.

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