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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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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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Ross Reports

From territories to Titan Towers, JR delivers. Good God nothing can break him in half.

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  • Mike
  • Claremore, OK
  • 11-01-18

Nostalgia at its finest

Having grown up in Tulsa, OK and being an avid Pro Wrestling fan, Jim Ross has been a prominent fixture throughout most of my life. Listening to this audiobook reminded me of the wrestling I watched throughout my childhood and gave some insight into the characters that I never had.

This is a good listen for the wrestling fan and anyone just looking for a good narrative.

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the best wrestling announcer of all time

your story moved me so much from the harsh times growing up to your battle with belspalsy.

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one of the best books I've read

ithanks JR for telling your story cant wait till the 2nd one people if you love wrestling you have to read this it a must

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Great history lesson

I’ve been a fan for a long time, pick up almost every book I can get my hands on to find out more about the superstars that I love to cheer for.
JR did not disappoint with this book, he talks about the good and the bad, he even dives into the crazy.
I must read (listen) for any wrestling fan

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  • Crystal
  • Beeville, TX, United States
  • 10-09-18

Good old JR.

who is Jim Ross? Jim Ross is in my opinion, the greatest WWF/WWE announcer/commentator of all time. He makes you feel like you are truly there live. The way he describes what the story telling in the ring is truly remarkable. I've been watching WWF/WWE since the late 90s. Now i'm not just a fan of this great some times tumultuous business, but also respect as well. I personally couldn't believe it when I found out that good old JR wrote his own book. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this great wrestling treasure. I hope you find this book as entertaining, and full of knowledge as I did.
I hope we get to see Jim Ross come back to WWE to commentate and put us back in the ring.

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  • MIAMI BEACH, FL
  • 10-01-18

A straight Shooter: John Wayne Style!

If you are looking for no BS, straight shoot, John Wayne Style, here it is!

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Jim Ross has great stories! From Mid South, to WCW to WWF. A must listen!

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Hell of a good book.

JR tells it like It is and keeps you interested from the into to the end.

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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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  • C. P. Lewis
  • 09-11-18

Good Ol' JR can commentate, but he can't narrate!

This book was spoiled for me by the author's narration. Despite being an albeit ghostwritten autobiography, it sounds like he's reading it upside down and written in a stranger's handwriting. There is a stilted, emotionless delivery which really grates. I would have preferred to have read the book instead as I am certain that JR's voice would have flowed better in my head.

Narration quality aside, this is a fair read. Nowhere near the backstage exposé it could have been, but packs a few new anecdotes that prolific wrestling book aficionados may not have heard before.

Adequate background listening material, really. If only Jim Ross was more bitter and happier to risk burning bridges. All the enjoyable wrestling books come from those dark places!

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  • Graeme
  • 09-10-18

The best wrestling book

Amazing.. utterly... utterly.. amazing.

The best wrestling book on the market.

Jr is the voice of wrestling.

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  • iainsmith
  • 09-08-18

Great

The book itself is fantastic and a few very emotional moments in Jim's times of hardship or joy. Only improvement would've been having Vince and Steve read the foreword and afterword, but that's nitpicking.

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  • Keith Alexander
  • 08-17-18

Fantastic book

As a huge Jim Ross fan I’d waited so long for a book chronicling his life story and after that wait this book didn’t disappoint. Brilliantly read by JR himself this is a must for all wrestling fans, I can’t wait for a part two. Thank you Jim Ross.

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  • Mr. Enrico Lauro
  • 07-30-18

Excellent

The greatest voice in professional wrestling narrating a very solid book. This leaves us off nicely at the end of his early career and the matches that made him a legend, next we'll get to hear about the later career which was equally fascinating.

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  • Graeme Small
  • 07-24-18

Absolutely incredible

Absolutely incredible, one of the best autobiographies available. Inside look into the world of sports entertainment through the eyes and voice of Good Old Jr - The voice of wrestling.

Captivating and engaging from start to finish, I couldn't put this down. I'm certainly going to listen to this again.

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  • Thomas Doyle
  • 07-17-18

Good Listen

Great Listen I loved all the early years. But when it gets to the 90s it's all rushed and bounces all over the place.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

The best wrestling book of all time

The best wrestling book of all time. Nothing comes close. Use your money on this masterpiece.

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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