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When this best-selling autobiography was originally released, everyone was shocked: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the darkest, funniest, most controversial and best-selling rock book of its time - and it became the template, both visually and narratively, for almost every rock book since. Marilyn Manson is not just a music icon, it turned out, but one of the best storytellers of his generation. Written with best-selling author Neil Strauss and modeled on Dante's Inferno, this edition of The Long Hard Road out of Hell features a bonus chapter not in the original book. In the shocking and candid memoir, Manson takes listeners from backstage to emergency rooms to jail cells, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country. Along the way you'll hear what happens to fans - and celebrities - who dare to venture backstage with the one of the world's most dangerous rock stars. In the words of Elle magazine, the book "makes Madonna's infamous Sex seem downright wholesome in comparison".

©1998 Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting read (at times) but not well written

I should start off by saying that I have always been a strong Marilyn Manson fan. Definitely not someone you would see at his concert, but someone who appreciated his music, uniqueness and artistic style. In interviews he always struck me as intelligent and eloquent. Regrettably, I was very disappointed in this book. Besides the occasional gratuitous and salacious storytelling (which I’ll admit was entertaining, although severely limited!) I found it both pretentious and self indulgent.

Sometimes people moan on and on about how different they are from the norm. Which I can respect to a degree. But towards the end, his point was lost because he dug himself Into a hypocritical hole where he (at least in my opinion) transformed into a narcissistic bully, desperately trying to showcase the superiority in his beliefs and lifestyle not because his way of living brought him any sense of fulfillment. But for the juvenile reasoning that he seems to passionately hate normalcy in any sense of the word.

I don’t have to agree with what someone preaches, but at least make a decent case for yourself. Or at the VERY least, write it well.

Left this book less of a fan than i was coming into it, unfortunately.

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would have been 10xs better if Manson had narrated

not the hugest fan of his music but when i read this book i loved it. wanted to re read it without reading it again so I picked up the audio book. i wish manson had narrated. this guy did fine but i kept wanting to hear manson tell the tale

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You can skip this one.

This is my 4th or 5th rock related memoir and this one just was in a different class. It seemed to drag and I struggled to get through it. it seemed like everytime I turned around the book was listing or counting some assumed fact pattern or a set of rules that said you were gay, straight, or something else. these lists were monotonous, numerous, and were always followed by the author stating "i broke..." and then listing the rules he broke but we can't remember the numbers associatwd with each rule because there were 20+ rules. it was really quite bad. if I didn't have a new years resolution to. read more books I probably would have never finished this one. peobably best to not start reading it and save your credit for something else.

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The books is amazing!!!

But the guy reading mispronounces common words and it was so obnoxious. Other than that Marilyn Manson is amazing and the books is crazy interesting.

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Great story, left me wanting to know more

I am not a fan of Marilyn Manson, I cannot say I have heard any of his songs. However he does seem like an interesting character, and I loved every minute of this book. There were some cringe worthy moments, and ultimately I wanted to know more about the weird life of this unruly musician. I think that the message of this book will surprise anyone not familiar with this artist, as it is ultimately a positive one, encouraging us all to be the person we are and to embrace those around us for our differences. He does a good job of showing how he has been maligned and blamed for things (Columbine) that have less than nothing to do with him or what he wants to express.

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dude, this was harsh

Marilyn Manson is a pretty intelligent guy despite what people believe from his outward appearance but listening to the things he went through as a child and early adulthood was harsh. I didn't make it much farther.

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Interesting book for an interesting person

Manson gets so much hate it was interesting to hear from his perspective. I really enjoyed the whole book.

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a glimpse into the mind of an Idol

NEVER judge a book by its cover
try to understand the misunderstood
read it.
love.

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Good listen

narrator performed well book was a difficult to follow in some areas due to the amount of unfinished journal entries.

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Amazing!

I really enjoyed listening to this book! My only complaint is that there isn’t a second book to keep it going

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-17

Suitable For White Trash (And You)!

Had lost my hard copy of the book so I'm glad that I was able to get a free audio book!

Other than the insightfully dark experiences, told within the story, James Patrick Cronin almost sounds like Marilyn Manson, which made it that bit better.

Also, the reading was delivered in an enticing and believable manner.

Overall, I'm happy that I put aside my unreasonable, unjustified, assumed dislike for audio books and moved with the times!

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  • suzanne o.brien
  • 08-13-18

It isn't well written down

Interesting but poorly written. A lot of metaphors ends randomly. Unsure whether to recommend this book

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  • Samuel Corbyn
  • 06-07-18

loved it

some mad stories and an interesting insight into the life and mind of Brian Warner aka Marilyn manson

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  • davinia natasha gray
  • 03-23-18

Fascinating stuff. It really made me think and look at the man behind the image. He has more heart than some of these people parading around as the people's mouthpiece.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-18

Totally messed up

What a messed up dark intriguing piece of work by Marilyn Manson always true to form. Fantastic

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  • Trixibelle
  • 09-10-18

Interesting and intelligent, but uncomfortable

At times this is not easy listening because Warner/Manson doesn't seem to be a nice person - but I guess any book entitled 'The Long Hard Road out of Hell' is not going to be about a good samaritan! This autobiography is also now 20 years out of date (it was published in 1998). I wondered if it was deliberately written in such a way as to prevent anyone from knowing or understanding who Brian Warner really is; and, if it is wholly accurate from Warner/Manson's point of view whether, during the last 20 years, he has had any revelations in terms of emphathy and self-awareness, as both seem disturbingly lacking in him in this book.

Interesting that Neil Strauss was involved in the writing of both this book and Mötley Crüe's "The Dirt" as they are written in the same style and, as with "The Dirt", there are tour stories in here that are uncomfortable to hear: abuse of even seemingly willing but intensely vulnerable people - women in particular - does not sit well with me. Although the members of Mötley seemed more self-aware than Warner/Manson of the effect that their destructiveness had on other people.

Those criticisms aside, this is an interesting and intelligent read, and it is well-narrated. When Warner/Manson simply allows his reflections about life, religion, and the world to come through without applying the 'shock and disgust' filter he is insightful and thought-provoking, revealing a clever mind that is never idle and highly creative. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Sean Johnson
  • 08-31-18

Amazing dark and really funny.

Amazing dark and really funny. Would recommend for a non Manson fan. Well written and we'll read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-18

One of the best books iv read

Marilyn manson is equal parts crazy and genius. Never a dull moment in the book

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  • Charlie smart
  • 07-10-18

funny, sad and scary

funny, sad and scary. an eye opening, no holds barred insight into the mind of a heavy metal monster. loved every minute.

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  • 05-12-18

Seriously dark and twisted

Maralyn Manson is the real deal. Enduring a very dysfunctional childhood. Not a gripping story at all and couldn't be engaged enough to finish it. It's just dark and empty.