Undisputed Truth

Narrated by: Joshua Henry
Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,845 ratings)

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Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, Tyson had hit rock bottom, a convicted felon, completely broke, the punch line to a thousand bad late-night jokes. Yet he fought his way back; the man who once admitted being addicted "to everything" regained his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With a triumphant one-man stage show, his unforgettable performances in the Hangover films, and his newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband, Tyson's story is an inspiring American original.

Brutally honest, raw, and often hilarious, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows in the same sincere, straightforward manner we have come to expect from this legendary athlete. A singular journey from Brooklyn's ghettos to worldwide fame to notoriety, and, finally, to a tranquil wisdom, Undisputed Truth is not only a great sports memoir but an autobiography for the ages.

©2013 Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A masterpiece... grimly tragic on one page, laugh-out-loud funny on the next, and unrelentingly vulgar and foul-mouthed. Reading Tyson's memoir is like watching a Charles Dickens street urchin grow up to join Hunter S. Thompson on a narcotics-filled road trip - with the ensuing antics captured on video by assorted paparazzi.” (Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times)

Undisputed Truth is raw, powerful and disturbing - a head-spinning take on Mr. Tyson's life…Unlike other sports memoirists, he doesn't pull punches, offering up slashing comments on people who were once close to him. His narrative reminds us of just how far he has come from his rough beginnings, and, in a way, how close he remains to them. He had a punch like a thunderbolt from Zeus, but there have been a lot of big bangers in boxing; Mike Tyson's came with a pulsating story line like few others.” (Gordon Marino, Wall Street Journal)

“Parts of [Undisputed Truth] read like a real-life Tarantino movie. Parts read like a Tom Wolfe-ian tour of wildly divergent worlds: from the slums of Brooklyn to the high life in Las Vegas to the isolation of prison…. Mr. Tyson’s idiosyncratic voice comes through clearly on the page here - not just his mix of profane street talk and 12-step recovery language, cinematic descriptions of individual fights and philosophical musings, but also his biting humor and fondness for literary and historical references that run the gamut from Alexandre Dumas to Tolstoy to Lenin to Tennessee Williams…. A genuine effort by a troubled soul to gain some understanding of the long, strange journey that has been his life.” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life

As I listened to this book my opinion about Tyson swung to both extremes. In the first part of the book I was really pulling for Mike, he worked hard to overcome extremely disadvantaged early years. He had his periodic outbursts, and issues, but under the mentoring of his friend and coach, Cus D'Amato, he rose above it all to eventually become champion. During this part of the story he also began battling against so many people trying to rip him off now that he had a ton of money.

At that point in the book I was totally in Mike's corner, but unfortunately after Cus died the story of his life went down hill so fast, and so uncontrollably from there that it eventually became hard to tolerate. In some ways this part of the book was fascinating as well, but also very sad. It is mind-boggling how someone could blow hundreds of millions of dollars so fast. He was constantly getting in street fights, high on cocaine, sleeping with every girl he could, fathering several kids, and being accused by gold-diggers for fathering others he didn't. He was sued countless times, sometimes with merit and others by people trying to fleece him, but after awhile I began to stop feeling sorry for him and started thinking he is getting everything he deserves.

The language, and sex talk is pretty strong throughout. I told my wife this book is like novocaine for sensitivities to the F-word, it must appear at least a thousand times in the book. If you aren't easily offended I think you will find this book very interesting. It is a rare look into a life most of us could never fathom.

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Delusional, Hateful, Twisted.

I listened to this book for 13 hours and then I just couldn't take it anymore. I used to be a Mike Tyson fan. This guy has serious mental health problems. If everything he has said and done is true, he should be locked up permanently. The whole books is like this - have sex with ten girlfriends, bash someone, blame white people and the system, cheat, manipulate, learn a lesson and change for ever and then repeat. The whole book is an absolute mess. I am worse for reading it.

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Love him or hate him you will love this book

Where does Undisputed Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite biographical books in my collection. From an insanely dysfunctional household, to the greatest boxer of all time, to jail and hehab, this book is like the ghetto Forest Gump. You will laugh out loud, only to be shocked and appalled two minutes later, and finally transported to a time when hair was big, coke was everywhere and a 19 year old kid made boxing the most exciting sport on earth for a short time.

What about Joshua Henry’s performance did you like?

His accent and voice at times are very much like Tyson and he does a great job approximating the champ telling his own tale.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Iron Mike Unchained

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Surprised

What did you love best about Undisputed Truth?

The realness

Which scene was your favorite?

What seems like the turning point of his life when he fought the man that killed his pigeon.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great listen, a totally different aspect of the champ that I can understand.

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Mixed feelings on this book...

Would you consider the audio edition of Undisputed Truth to be better than the print version?

No, it was worth listening to while at work.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It is known that Tyson has lead a crazy life, but it was interesting to hear about all of the legal issues the guy had; he really had a hard time keeping his self out of trouble.

Which character – as performed by Joshua Henry – was your favorite?

The best part of the book was the first few chapters, where he describes his early part of his life; where he tells stories about him and Cus D’Amato.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is funny to hear about how crazy he was, but sad in the same sense. This guy never learns from his mistakes and wasted most of his life. Tyson also surrounded himself if really bad people that just took advantage of him.

Any additional comments?

If it wasn’t for the cocaine, Tyson would have probably lived a different life.

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The story of a great struggle that continues today

The book grabbed my attention right from the beginning. I could relate to Mike's status as the black sheep. He was very poor and lived in abandoned building growing up and became a thief at the age of 7. They would lift him up into open window and he would run around and open the door for the older guys. They also had a soft spot of pigeons, so we learn all about Mike's love affair with pigeons. Later Mike is sent to juvenile hall and although it is a reunion with many of his thug friend he ends up meeting a guy who teaches him how to box. His trainer Cuz Dmato taught him so many things and kept him out of trouble. Unfortunately, Cuz dies. Mike finally reaches Cuz's dream for him of being the heavyweight champ and does so at the tender age of 20. This was a poor kid and now he became a millionaire overnight. Needless to say, his trainers and Don King didn't have his best interests at heart and neither did Robin Givens. It seems that everyone wanted a piece of this guys success. He was lost and medicated himself with things like cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and numerous women. He was falsely accused of rape and went to jail for several years and still came back and kicked butt. Holyfield was head butting him when Mike bit off a piece of his ear, but we never heard about that side of the story. Mike is about my age and now has 8 kids from different wives, but he has settled down some. He keeps relapsing with drugs, so I think this is a guy that will one day be another Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson. He is a very talented man who doesn't know how to handle all that has been bestowed upon him. From listening to his book I know that he is a regular guy like you or me that was given a gift and worked very hard to make something special of himself only to throw it all away. Maybe his mind is set to fail no matter how well he does in this life. Good luck Mike. I hope you find some peace in this life.

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tyson is a talented young man and a humbled older

Would you consider the audio edition of Undisputed Truth to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

What other book might you compare Undisputed Truth to and why?

Rocky....for real.

Which scene was your favorite?

His marriage to Robin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His sister passing

Any additional comments?

Tyson started with nothin and after along tough life comes to a humble "ending". I think Tyson would have done a Good job with the narration, but Joshua did a fine job. All around a nice listen to a turbulent life story.

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LOVED IT!

Where does Undisputed Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was entertaining. I got the book on a whim, by the time I knew it I was nooked. I have not been hooked like this since"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" at first I downloaded the first part and was ready to call back to get my credit. BUt after I got hooked.......no way!! a great listen!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Undisputed Truth?

When he realizes he is broke and he has to take care of his family.

What does Joshua Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He read with passion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me change the way I thought about Mr. Mike Tyson. There are times when you feel the pain and there are times when you crack up over what is going on. It is truly entertaining.

Any additional comments?

HE IS BIGGER THAN LIFE!

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Great Book all the way around.

Where does Undisputed Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Being a Tyson I really enjoyed this book. Gives you the insight about why the guy did some of things he did. Sounds like he has matured into a adult now. Could not get enough. Finished the audio book in about 5 days then listened to it again. Keeps you interested.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tyson

Have you listened to any of Joshua Henry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never listened before.

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Shocker

If you could sum up Undisputed Truth in three words, what would they be?

Motley Crue's: The Dirt for Boxing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Undisputed Truth?

The amount of excess that Mike had then his tragic downfall

Which character – as performed by Joshua Henry – was your favorite?

Don King - He nailed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-18

Joshua Henry did a tremendous job! Really enjoyed listening to him telling the story!

Joshua Henry did a tremendous job! Really enjoyed listening to him telling the story! Thanks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-19

Awesome!

Soooooo good. Honest, detailed, awesome narration. I couldn't wait to have spare time to listen!

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  • Dave
  • 09-30-18

Not bad

Mostly interesting, but waffles on somewhat at the end.
If you like contradictions than this is the book for you.

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  • Benn
  • 06-02-18

great narration

you could really feel the emotion of every twist and turn in mikes life due to the exceptional narration. bravo

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  • troy
  • 02-22-18

CHUMP OF THE WORLD

After listening to this book my opinion of Tyson is...What a self centred, self serving loser of a human being he is! 👎 throughout this whole book he refers to women and people in general as nothing more than incidental, I’m totally happy that so many people took his money and he is now broke and back in the gutter from where he was👌

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  • Rev. David B. Smith
  • 02-13-18

Raw and powerful

I almost quit this book numerous times as the main character is not a likeable guy and I got sick of hearing about him. Even so, I’m glad I stuck it out to the end. Gut-wrenching!

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  • Craig
  • 02-07-18

best book ive ever read

Mike tyson is greatest off all time in my opinon for a fan its a must read. nothings off limits he came from hell to the top of world back down again before rising up once more respect.

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  • Jared
  • 01-27-18

fast start, slow middle, great finish

the middle about jail was slow, the rest was fantastic. definitely gave me a different perspective on Mike, looking forward to his next book on Cous

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  • Kavindu Bandara
  • 01-15-18

Raw, Ugly and Real

This book takes you into the mind of Tyson. From the early career, to his playboy days and finally when he makes the faltering path to recovery. A great insight to how money,sex, drugs and glory can ruin a man without proper guidance and how a man can come back from that.

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  • enzo
  • 01-01-18

book

excellent book
one of the best books I've read ... thanks Mike for your sincere words.
your the real deal mate.