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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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Interesting to hear JR’s story

I have always thought of “good ol’ JR” as something of a square, but this book changed my mind. His stories of childhood and growing up are quaint and interesting, as is his entry into the wrestling world. Very interesting to hear about his dedication to the sport as well as his stories of working with the old guard. Growing up as an Attitude era kid, I’ve always associated JR with WWE, but loved to learn about how he actually came to work for Vince later in his career. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about JR or the wrestling business. And of course, hearing it all in his familiar voice makes it that much better.

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Amazing

Jim Ross was the voice of my Monday nights for a long time and over the years, I've listened to other commentators and few hold a candle to J.R. His delivery, timing, and passion are unmatched. Even narrating his books he delivers. The stories in the book are absolutely amazing for those who love the business and J R. Through his highs and lows I was enthralled. I laughed, I cried, I was enamored with J.R's story telling. I would love to hear more, but I loved the Slobberknocker series.

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a great book to listen to.

Even if you don't like pro wrestling, you will be intrigued by the story itself.

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great book and naration

Hearing this book from the author good old JR is a great listen to. just a fun listen all around

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love it

If you are a fan of wrestling. You know JR. Hearing him talk about the business and getting some insight into larger moments of the business is wonderful.

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the voice of wrestling telling his own story.

nothing else to say, it's JR. its beautifully heartbreaking and absolutely brilliant. if you know his name, you know his work.

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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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  • david
  • 03-20-21

Great

If you enjoy wrestling then you'll enjoy this. I hope there's a second one

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  • Michael Little
  • 02-11-21

JR earned his legacy the hard way

The amount of chapters (short though they may be) epitomises the sheer amount of ups, downs, heart ache and setbacks JR endured over the years to get to where he is in the business today. This book is a testament to his resolution to do whatever he needed to, to live his dream job. He has without a doubt earned his status as THE voice for generations of wrestling fans.

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  • Steven Whyte
  • 12-27-20

Appropriately titled!

A must-read/listen for wrestling fans. JR's narration carries it better than I could read it.

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  • JoeT
  • 11-27-20

wonderful

a brilliant listen, from the voice of my childhood. loved every second of it. especially the early mid South stories which I had never heard or knew about. highly recommended

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  • Ben Cooper
  • 10-21-20

SyrussTheFerret

Jim Ross and wwf/wwe, what more could you want? A brilliant life story and told only the way Jim Ross can

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-20

Excellent

Very funny and in depth. Takes a long time to get to the attitude era/ WWF so if that's what your after then try the other book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-20

Brilliant

This book was written very well and JR's narration is brilliant.

The content also makes it very engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-20

Early Days of JR - A Must For JR Fans!

Very well read with some very funny moments. Really didn't know much about JR outside of WWE so was well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

Fantastic Listen

Easy and enjoyable listen with JRs reading of it having me hooked on every word, definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to hear a gripping fascinating story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-20

Great insight into a legend's career

This was an interesting listen and it gives insight into how JR got into the business, as well as some fine nuggets about many icons of the industry i.e. Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon, even some great stories of Muhammad Ali, and the list goes on. Perfect for any wrestling fan. Will definitely pick up the second 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