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Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies

A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words
Narrated by: Michael Ausiello
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (441 ratings)

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Interview: The TV industry news impresario opens up about celebrating the life and love of his husband Kit after his devastating death.

I’m going to be honest and tell the whole story. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I’m not going to sugarcoat me. I’m not going to sugarcoat Kit.

  • Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies
  • I’m going to be honest and tell the whole story. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I’m not going to sugarcoat me. I’m not going to sugarcoat Kit.

Publisher's Summary

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman's Bettyville, Michael Ausiello - a respected TV columnist and founder and editor in chief of TVLine.com - remembers his late husband and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their 14 years together.

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello's insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor in chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don't know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: His husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of 11 months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the 13 years that preceded it and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty - always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

©2017 Michael Ausiello (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

Editor's Pick

Love is love
"I worked with Michael Ausiello at a major entertainment magazine before he launched his own site and empire. As a friend, I watched him use social media to chronicle the illness and death of his husband Kit from neuroendocrine cancer, but nothing really prepared me for the raw vulnerability of his memoir as Michael parallels the first year of their relationship with the last year of Kit’s life. The wit and humor Michael is known for carries you through the heartbreaking sadness but it’s the insight and love from their 13-year relationship that makes it a truly unforgettable listen."
Abby W., Audible Editor

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Gritty heartbreaking story of love and grief.

I enjoyed the raw honesty of author. Story narrated by author. You can hear that power of his emotion through his speech.

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Read synopsis first

I had heard so many people talk about how good this book is that I just bought it and started reading. Spoiler!! I wasn’t expecting it to be a gay love story where one is destroyed by cancer within a year far too young. I know, the title should have given some of that away. I thought it was a tongue-in-cheek title. It was a beautiful love story and very well written, I just wasn’t ready for a tear-jerker. The last chapter was a little weird and confusing. I typically love when the author reads the book to hear it in the intended inflection, but he was very monotone in the first half and kept putting me to sleep. I did enjoy him reading the eulogy and found it emotional. Good book, but you have to be in the mood for a sad read.

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Incredibly powerful, funny & sad story. Thank you. I enjoyed this so very much.

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One of the best love stories

Real. Gut wrenching. Funny. Sad. I felt like I was right there with Mike and Kit as their love story unfolded and then heartbreakingly ended. Seriously one of the best books I have ever listened to.

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Beautiful and heartbreaking memoir

Be prepared with tissues. This is beautiful and touching love story. It will break your heart. The author does a wonderful job of narrating, as well.

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Absolutely breathtaking.

An absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful story that reminds you to live with gratitude and love.

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Inspiring but heartbreaking.

Just amazing but emotionally devastating . Couldnt imagine another narrator but the author. Worthy of a second listen.

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Moving Story

I was very moved by this account of love and loss. Thank you for sharing the story.

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  • Oshkosh, WI United States
  • 09-04-18

Raw, Intimate, Heartbreaking, and Amazing

There are certain books that benefit from being experienced via audio, and "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies" is one of them. This memoir from Michael Ausiello about the up and downs of his 13 year relationship with his partner (and later, husband) Kit, contrasted with Kit's losing battle to cancer, is incredibly intimate, raw, beautiful, heartbreaking, and honest. I mistakenly listened during a long drive, and I laughed, cried, and experienced about every emotion possible. Hearing Michael's voice brought an entirely new level to the experience as he imbued every sentence with love, joy, sadness, loss, compassion, and empathy. I feel privileged to have listened to such a beautiful piece of work. Highly recommend, but beware the tears.

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Beautiful, heartbreaking

What a beautiful love story, and what a tragic accounting of a difficult death. I found it as inspiring as sad, a beautiful human spirit right to the end with a very devoted and loving partner.

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  • 09-23-18

beautiful

heart breaking and beautiful story of absolute unconditional love.i spent a lot of tears on this one!

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Really beautiful and touching

Being English I had never heard of these guys but that didn't matter at all. Very beautifully written, very beautifully read. Funny and heartbreaking in equal meassures.

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  • 11-11-17

Heartbreaking, life-affirming, extremely honest

First off a public health warning - avoid listening to this audiobook while driving. Tear-filled eyes can cause accidents.

Perhaps surprisingly for a book about a one year battle with a horrific and rare cancer, and for which the title lets you know there’s no miraculous recovery, this is a very uplifting book.

The author is unflinchingly honest throughout. Not just about the impact of the disease itself, but about his whole relationship with his husband, the hero of the title. This is a story about a whole relationship, not just an 11-month cancer battle, and it’s exceedingly well told.

Highly recommended listen.