• Tiger King

  • The Official Tell-All Memoir
  • By: Joe Exotic
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Tiger King

By: Joe Exotic
Narrated by: George Newbern
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Publisher's Summary

Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix original documentary that “consumed the pop-cultural imagination” (The Atlantic) and transfixed a nation in the midst of a global crisis, opens up about his outlandish journey from Midwestern farmer to infamous Tiger King, and finally, to federal inmate.

Shortly after his arrest (for charges including hiring a hitman to murder his rival, Carole Baskin), Joe Exotic began keeping a daily journal of his life behind prison walls. In support of his defense, Joe began writing everything he wished he could tell a jury of his peers. Little did Joe know that mere months later, the self-proclaimed “gun-toting, gay redneck with a mullet” would become one of the most famous men in the world.

Written entirely while incarcerated, this no-holds-barred memoir is Joe Exotic’s first, and maybe only, chance to tell his side of the story - the full story. Despite never having seen Tiger King, Joe is aware of what’s been said about him, and he’s eager to answer all the questions the world is dying to know. Such as:

  • The origin of the mullet
  • How Joe became the Tiger King
  • Joe’s favorite animals
  • Joe’s relationships
  • Joe’s explanation of all charges against him
  • What happened with Trump’s pardon
  • What he thinks about caging animals now that he lives in a cage
  • What Joe has to say now about Carole Baskin

From his tragic childhood riddled with abuse to his dangerous feuds with big cat rivals and beyond, nothing is off the table. This is the exclusive and definitive read for anyone who binged the “riveting” (Vanity Fair) documentary and finished it hungry for more. A memoir unlike any other, it proves that they can cage the Tiger King, but they can’t silence his roar.

©2021 Joseph Maldonado-Passage. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Riding an emu? I call b.s.

I loved Tiger King - both seasons. I think Joe Exotic is not a nice person, but still found him more likeable than Carol Baskin. So, it was with some measure of excitement that I started listening to this book.

Everything was going well - until Joe's story of the emu round-up. He describes how he is told that to herd the emus, you have to jump on their backs and steer them with their wings. He then describes riding an emu. This tale is patently absurd. I have some familiarity with emus, and if you are able to get close enough to one to 'jump' on its back, then you could actually grab and subdue it via another method. At that point, there's no need to jump on its back.

Now, as for steering an emu by grabbing its wings. Emus are not horses that have been trained to respond to control inputs. There is simply nothing in their physiology that would make a tug on a wing yield the response of moving in the direction of the tug. What a silly idea.

Finally, there's the sheer impossibility of the claim of rising an emu. A full grown male emu weighs MAYBE 120lbs, which if course is far less than the weight of most adult males. Being birds, emus' bones are hollow, and they are not designed to support a more than doubling of the weight normally placed on them. If Joe actually jumped on an emu's back, he woukdbt have been injured by the emu running into an object, because the emu would have likely just collapsed under the weight.

This farsical tale may seem like something small, but if Joe will make up ridiculous things like this, then what else is he lying about? Is the whole book just the ranting of a crazy imprisoned man?

Sorry, but once I hear what is clearly a lie in what's not supposed to be a work of fiction, listening to the rest is no longer an option. Joe, you've lost me. Call your book a novel, but don't portray it as a true story. What a joke....

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Love Joe even more

Joe gives account of his life and really makes you understand him even more. He has had a hard life and what’s being done to him is not right.

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Love it

He definitely open my eyes and gave me a new perspective. I stand behind his words and believe him completely.

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Every Tiger King fan should listen to Joe’s side of the story, and here it is

This audio book shines even more light on the plight of Joe Exotic. Even more so it is really looking like Joe was certainly framed for the murder for hire, and you really get a feel for what it was like for Joe going through this whole thing. I personally took with a grain of salt some of the more conspirator speculations he throws in there, along with some of the bitterness against certain individuals, but at the same time I am reminded that there are two sides to every story and many angels by which to understand each individual in this story. To judge Joe without hearing his side is to judge things in a skewed way.

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Great book

Loved the narrator of book very relaxing voice! joe u will be free! Glad u got to tell your story in your words!

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So good!

I really enjoyed this book and very impressed with Joe as a writer. I think what would have made this even better was him narrating his story.

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(MUST LISTEN )

ITS SO GOOD I LISTENED TO THE WHOLE BOOK IN 2 DAYS COULDNT STOP. (FREE THE TIGER KING). THIS BOOK IS GREAT THE TELL TELL ALL OF JOE THE TIGER KING

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A must for Tiger King fans

I was really hoping this would be narrated by Joe himself, but the narrator really wasn't bad. I didn't learn a ton of new information, but it was nice to hear things from Joe's side. I do feel kind of sorry for the guy and I think he's been punished enough. I hope he gets paroled.

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Does the King Justice

It has been a wild ride in the media for Joe, this truly helped get the real him out there in his own words. I would have loved for him to narrate it, perhaps in the future he will be able to. I imagine this book, more than the series, will help bring Joe to justice & ultimately, freedom. This was poignant, reflective & a glimpse into the life of a man with one h*ll of a story to tell. He's got a lot of living left to do. Hope he's a free man soon. #freejoeexotic

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decent

I love this story but don't understand why at the each of them don't understand why at the Is end of each sentence you lose either the whole word or the half of the word depending on how long the last word of the sentence is it shuts it off I don't understand it but you're standing but it has a good story line

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  • 03-25-22

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this but how much of it is accurate, I don't know. It would have been better if Joe himself had narrated it but I guess it's a bit difficult with him being in jail. It's a mind-blowing story/case and I enjoyed hearing a bit more about his background