Slobberknocker

My Life in Wrestling
Narrated by: Jim Ross, R.C. Bray
Series: Slobberknocker, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that's just not JR.

Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.

Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first seen it on his grandparents' TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of "outsiders", he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business - from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss toward revenge to consoling two naked 600-pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.

With all those adventures and responsibilities, he's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock, to name a few. Listeners will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn't just a wrestling story. It's a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. Currently he is the host of the podcast The Ross Report.

Any fan of wrestling- from the territory days to today - will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story - and you don't want to miss it!

©2017 Jim Ross with Paul O'Brien (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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Simply a blast from the past.

Good ol’ J.R. Has been the voice of my childhood. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Even though you will never see this, thank you J.R.
Not only for sharing your story but reminding me to never give up. This is a must for any wrestling fan!

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A real Slobberknocker!!

A truly great story about one of pro wrestling’s all time greats. I can’t wait for the next one and to hear more!!

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Better than it should be.

It is awkward listening to JR read his story at first. He is such a natural story teller it feels odd listening to him read as opposed too his free flowing podcast. Excellent stories will carry you through easily and it isn't the worst reading I've heard by far. More inside shop than I thought the company man would go and better than it should be lol.

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Somewhat disappointed

Jim is the greatest announcer of all time for sure! I felt the book didn’t really go in depth about the wrestling business. I wanted more stories and behind the scenes stuff. It only covers his career up until WrestleMania 15. To Jim’s credit his career was so long so it would be hard to cover everything. Maybe a second book coming later? Hopefully! I would recommend this book for the wrestling fan who grew up listening and watching Jim. Over all I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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The book is amazing.

I loved Jr as a commentator the story is great. Couldn't have been happier with the way that I spent this credit. Jr's story was as cool and wondering as I figured it would be.

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A Wrestling Essential

If you are a wrestling fan there’s not much better out there than Good ‘Ol J.R’s Slobberknocker, as read by the voice of wrestling himself. As a long time fan I found his life story different than anyone else’s in the business and must for wrestling fans. Now on to Under The Black Hat!

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Entertainment

If you like wrestling it’s one of those books you wish never ended. It made me become a JR fan..

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If You are a Wrestling/Sport Fan, Read this Book!!

If you Love Wrestling, you will Really Like this Book and Author!! A Wonderful Book

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great book!

amazing storyteller
with a triumphant life to tell,

hes the greatest wrestling commentator ev ver

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Fantastic

Fun and great memories to hear! Well done JR! Really enjoyed it! Great listen for any wrestling fan.

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  • Jaime
  • 10-16-17

Slobber knocker

I really enjoyed this book.
Having it read by the author isn’t always good to hear but Jim Ross really made me want to keep listening (just like he does whenever he’s doing his announcing for any promotion).
The performance is essential to me because audio is a huge part of my life, I’m blind and most of the books haven’t been available in accessible formats until recently.
I gave this rating because JR’s performance kept my attention throughout and to me that’s what audiobooks should always do, just like the original printed books are meant to do.
I look forward to the sequel.

Jaime

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Jim, this was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

I could not recommwnd this more. Thank you for your honesty and insight, Jim. God Bless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

Fantastic

This audio book is tremendous.
JR as the narrator makes it easy to listen to and he has good emotion in his voice.
The stories are fantastic...
Worth a credit!

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  • Michael Quinn
  • 05-03-20

Business just picked up

Have always been a huge fan and admirer of JR and was great to listen to the man himself tell his story. I had purchased the book and really enjoyed it but the audiobook was a lot more enjoyable as it felt as if I was sitting with JR in the same room. Looking forward to starting his second book tomorrow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-20

best book I have listened to in a while

Brilliant from JR had me hooked from the beginning to the end just got under the black hat now. if you want a great listen get this

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  • Richard Thake
  • 04-12-20

Loved every minute of it

One of the best wrestling books i have read up
there with Mick Foley’s Have a nice day. Grew up watching JR as a kid easily one of the best commentators ever. Can’t wait for Under the Black Hat as JR’s journey continues.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-20

Not just a wrestling story.

JR is a legend to any kid that grew up in the 80's,90' and 00's but this book isn't just for wrestling fans. An extraordinary man with an extraordinary story. Bizzare, funny, heartfelt and at times truly emotional. Believe me you'll listen to this in one sitting. Thank you to JR for sharing your story with us.

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  • Bazzness
  • 01-24-20

Good old JR

With biographies (especially wrestling ones) it feels like the author is doing everything they can to play the woes me card! This book is second only to Bret Hart’s book as the best biography books going. You will not be disappointed. I’m looking forward to the second!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-19

Great Listen

Loved it.

Excited for part 2 in March. Hopefully with some of Jim's fire he bri gs on his podcast.

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  • Paul Gamble
  • 12-03-19

Brilliantly narrated.

Brilliantly narrated by Good ol JR.
I highly recommend this book to all wrestling fans. I will definitely be buying his next book.

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  • Joseph
  • 02-29-20

amazingly insighful

I didn't realise the extent of what Jim Ross was responsible for. Anazingly informative and honest. Can't wait for the follow-up

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  • Jacob
  • 05-29-19

BY GAWD ALMIGHTY

What an amazing story about pro wrestlings greatest announcer good ol Jim Ross JR !

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  • Sam Dallas
  • 04-05-18

Amazing book by JR

Thoroughly enjoyed this highly entertaining book. Highly recommended to all wrestling fans, hopefully volume two isn't far away

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-17

by gawd

from fan to the greatest commentator of all time. this book tells you about good ol J. R's rise in the ranks. in the wrestling business. it shows you how strange yet fascinating the business is and his passion for wrestling really shows in the book and the fact that Jim Ross reads it himself makes the book that much better