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One of WWE's most unlikely champions of all time and also one of its most popular, Bryan has proved to the world and to all of WWE that looks can be deceiving. Just ask anyone who's ever underestimated him…right before he went out and whipped the WWE universe into a frenzy.

This is Bryan's behind-the-scenes story told for the first time ever by the "YES!" Man himself – from his beginnings as a child wanting to wrestle to his ten years circling the globe on the independent circuit and his remarkable climb to the upper ranks of WWE.

As the biggest week of his life unfolds, Aberdeen, Washington's bearded son reflects in full detail on his incredible path to the top and gives his take on the events that have shaped him. With his Bryan-ized blend of modesty and surprising candor, Daniel pulls no punches (or martial arts kicks) as he reveals his true thoughts on his evolution as a performer, his various roles in WWE versus the independent years, life on the road, at home, and much more.

And of course, get the untold story surrounding the "YES!" chant that evolved to full-fledged movement, skyrocketing his career. This audiobook chronicles all the hard work, values, influences, unique life choices, and more, leading to his watershed week at WrestleMania 30. You won't want to miss it. Yes! We're sure about this.

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  • Petrie
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • 09-11-15

Daniel Bryan Yes! Craig Tello and Peter Berkrot No!

For a biography, it was very well done. It really peeled back the curtain on recent WWE history and that's always cool to hear about. And it does have all the things wrestling fans want. Good road stories.

However, this book interweaves the life of Bryan Danielson and the week leading up to WrestleMania 30 for Daniel Bryan. The difference could not be more jarring. One half of the book is Bryan Danielson telling you what he wants to tell you, the other half is the story WWE wants you to know. The content and performance of these WWE scripted parts are corny and comes off like it's meant for a 2nd grader. It's painful to sit through like a bad Monday Night.

But the Bryan Danielson parts are good. It's great and refreshing hearing about a WWE superstar who isn't an absolute greaseball.

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yes!! yes!! yes!!!

Great story about wrestling.. could use more drugs, sex, and suplexing though... jk... This was a great book

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A mixed bag, but worth it for Bryan fans

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book alters between two narratives from beginning to end. Each chapter starts with a journalistic section following Daniel Bryan in the days leading up to Wrestlemania 30, and then switches to a Bryan-narrated section recounting his rise.

The primary narrative is the classic wrestler's story, familiar to anyone who follows the business but full of enough details to be entertaining. Daniel Bryan recounts his journey from humble beginnings to stardom, touching on all his underground work, training, and favorite matches. I enjoyed these sections, which made up a bulk of the book. One thing lacking was introspection from Bryan about his life and evolution in and out of the ring. But I was nevertheless fully entertained by each Bryan-narrated section.

The journalistic sections that begin each chapter follow Bryan in the lead-up to his epic Wrestlemania 30 matches. These sections are terrible. Many other reviews attack the narrator's cheesiness, which is fair but hardly scrapes the surface. The real problem with these sections is the awful, embarrassing writing. I cringed at each new chapter, when the over-the-top, clunky, weak, and stupid words began again. It's hard to believe these sections were actually published. They are garbage, and completely unnecessary to the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes!?

Bryan's trip to Mexico for his first mask.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Bryan did a fine job.

The narrator of the journalistic sections was bad, but not even Morgan Freeman could save the horrible writing. Those sections should be cut entirely from the book.

Was Yes! worth the listening time?

Yes!

The crappy journalistic sections are only a fraction of the book. The majority of it is pretty good.

Any additional comments?

Cut the entire lead-up to Wrestlemania sections at the start of each chapter. The story works fine without them, and they are so bad that they detract from the overall experience.

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  • TJ
  • 08-23-15

Loved this book except....

I really really liked this book. My problem is with co-narrator Peter Berkrot. The way he spoke during his part of the book was unbearable. After the first chapter, I skipped every part of his just to listen to Daniel speak. If you want to hear about how Daniel Bryan became one of the best wrestlers in the world, then I suggest you get this book and skip the parts with Mr. Berkrot.

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  • Aiii
  • The Netherlands
  • 07-31-15

A unique & compelling look into the life of Bryan

Daniel Bryan’s Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania is a great retelling of the career of WWE’s most unlikely of recent world champions. He tells earnestly about his career, the people that helped him throughout it and also of the people and events that didn’t quite go his way. From highs as champion of Ring of Honor, to lows like getting hired and fired from WWE developmental in the early 00s. Daniel Bryan’s voice echoes throughout the book and, despite a few f-bombs here and there, comes off about as nice as his in-ring persona seems.

The story itself is both written by Bryan himself, as well as writer Craig Tello, who starts each chapter with a third person narration of Daniel Bryan and his -then soon-to-be- wife Brie Bryan’s final few days leading up to Daniel’s big WrestleMania 30 moment, leading into Daniel Bryan’s own first person chronological retelling of his life and career. It paints a perfect picture of the man that Daniel Bryan is, his vision on wrestling and how his career unfolded. It is, in that sense, the perfect book.

The narration of Craig Tello’s portion of the book is read by Peter Berkrot and, honestly, leaves much to be desired. Berkrot reads the parts as if he were reading a big fantasy, trying to put much more emotion into the narration than is needed and expected. It is very distracting and takes a lot away from what is being said. Luckily, those parts only serve as the introduction to the meat of the story, Daniel Bryan’s parts. Those, are read by Daniel Bryan himself and his narration is, as one would expect from an autobiography, natural. Often, and accurately, described in the book as soft-spoken, Daniel Bryan reads his tale as if he were sitting next to you and telling you his stories in normal conversation. His emotion clearly ringing through his voice, especially when the subject turns to his wife or deceased father. Giving his narration an extra dimension over regular narration.

All in all, if you like Daniel Bryan, or pro-wrestling in general, Yes! is pretty much the perfect book. Focussing mostly on Bryan’s wrestling career and sidestepping where needed in his personal life, it provides a unique and uncensored look on an unlikely WrestleMania Main Eventer and on the backstage life of wrestler in both the independent scene, as well as the WWE.

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Great book!!!

loved the book...it was very inspirational...it was hard to finish without crying!!! YES! YES! YES!

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it was ok

glad I did the audio version. if I had tried to read a hard cover I'm not sure I would have finished it.

it's an above average book but I didn't learn anything from it. nothing new that hasnt already been publicized via WWE. the epilogue was both
a tear jerker and the best part of the book.

the performance was uninspiring and a bit odd with 2 narrators. DB didn't show a wide range of emotion. very monotone through out. the other performer didn't show much either. showed s real lack of interest in the subject.

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great "read"

great story by Bryan. loved hearing how he grew up, in life and in wrestling. I like the layout of working backwards from WM30 to DB's upbringing and break into pro wrestling. overall, loved it!

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Yes!

Great story, I just wish it didn't end on that sad note. RIP Bryan's father.

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Great read

A great look into the life and career of Bryan Danielson. From his indie days all the way up to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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  • M3
  • 02-11-16

An audio of (literally) two parts

This is hard to review because of the structure of the audio. Around 80% of it is read by Daniel Bryan himself. It's first person and it's great. It's funny, heartwarming, informative...everything you would want it to be.

Essentially it is the story of a man who overcame a series of potentially insurmountable obstacles in front of him to reach to the top of his profession.

The problem is the other 20%. It's the story of Daniel's Wrestlemania week, written third person as a news article by Craig Tello. Tello is (or was) a WWE.com writer.

Daniel's own parts are understated, a measure of the man himself. This is rambunctious and riddled with over-the-top superlatives that jar with the other style.

For instance, nobody over 'says' anything. Any line of dialogue is followed by, 'he asserts'; 'he announces', 'he details' - or whatever. Look, we know you own a thesaurus. So what? Less is more and all that.

It also contradicts some of the parts Daniel himself describes. Daniel says his first PPV was the 1996 Royal Rumble, which he bought with his friends. Chapters later and Tello says Daniel's first PPV was Wrestlemania 12.

Who's supposed to be editing this?

Lastly, the narrator of the Tello parts is a complete clown. Anyone, ie a professional, who does even the most basic amount of research could tell you that 'John Cena' is pronounced 'John See-na'. But, no. In the first-person parts, Daniel with pronounce it correctly, moments later, Mr Unprofessional will say: 'John Say-na'.

This split format creates such a jarring experience that it's like two different books. Every time Peter Berkrot is busy mispronouncing something (which is a lot), you're yearning to get back to Daniel telling his own story.

I'd still recommend - but with the caveats above. The most frustrating thing is that this is all so avoidable. Why didn't a copy editor cross-reference the two parts so that one doesn't contradict the other? Why isn't there an audio editor to check how names and wrestling terms are pronounced? Absolute basics.

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  • Sam Tromans
  • 04-18-18

Great - But the Craig Tello pieces don't add much

It was great to hear Daniel Bryans story, read perfectly by himself. He doesn't openly criticize other wrestlers (with one exception) but anyone who knows anything about DB wouldn't expect this in his autobiography. It wonderfully chronicles his life from his early childhood, to wrestling schools, to conquering the Indies, to finally the WWE. Each chapter is started with some introduction narrated by Craig Tello about his wrestlemania 30 build up. This took me out of hearing DB tell his story and doesn't add much . These parts of written totally differently to the DB parts, which are thankfully about 80% of the book.
I think the book should be changed to just the DB narrated parts, with the Craig Tello parts either removed or included as an optional extra (so that it doesn't interrupt the flow of DBs story). For me, that would change it from a four star to five star audiobook.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-06-18

simply amazing

absolutely loved how this book was writen and loved hearing Daniel Bryans story a must for any wrestling fan

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  • Tony
  • 10-20-17

YES YES YES!

Great insight in to the world of Daniel Bryan would recommend to any Bryan or WWE fan

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  • Mark William Dale
  • 10-02-17

Yes!!!!

Great story story of Daniel winning the main event of Wrestlemania. Daniel does a great job narrating, unfortunately the other narrator is absolutely terrible (even manages to mispronounce John Cena's name).

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  • Craig
  • 08-04-17

great read

thought this was a great book. really enjoyef it so worth a listen from all wrrstling fans.

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  • Danny
  • 02-05-17

WWE fans will love it

What made the experience of listening to Yes! the most enjoyable?

The fact that Daniel Bryan himself narrated the book. That was pretty cool.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daniel Bryan, of course (!) becaus

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His stories in the lead up to WrestleMania XXX, which I attended (woooo!), where he goes through every storyline from the previous year (shoulder injury v Orton), to the SummerSlam match with Cena, to the championship ascension ceremony, to the touted match with Sheamus, to the eventual decision to have him win the title.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beard For Business

Any additional comments?

If you're interesting in the behind-the-scenes of WWE, you'll love this.

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  • josh
  • 11-20-16

one word - YES!!

Brilliant from start to finish! recommend to all WWE and Daniel Bryan fans! YES,YES,YES YES!

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  • alfredbawscratch
  • 10-29-16

Peter Berkrot NO! NO! NO!

Nice hearing from Bryan, but every chapter starts with the inane voice of Peter Berkrot. Please don't do that again or re record with D Bry.

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  • MR
  • 10-28-16

YES!

Outstanding aside from the parts not written or natrated by Bryan (and its heavy forced branding).

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  • Chris Irvine
  • 08-26-18

Yes! Yes! Yes!

A great memoir let down only by the fact that the narrator for each chapter introduction continually mispronounced other wrestlers' names

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  • Mark
  • 05-15-17

Yes!

Loved every aspect of the insight from Bryan on his early career and his rise in the WWE. The bulk of the book was very entertaining and informative and a must read for any wrestling fan. My biggest criticism is that the short third person Wrestlemania week preambles at the beginning of each chapter were obnoxiously written and the voice artist reading those parts was jarring and out of place in my opinion. Would still highly recommend.

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  • Matt
  • 02-10-17

NO! to the 2nd narrator but YES! for the rest

Would be 5 star if DBryan narrated the whole book. The fact the 2nd narrator kept pronouncing wrestlers names incorrectly took you out of the moment, especially when its John Cena. Knowing what Bryan went through after the completion of this story tugs at the heart but what he accomplished throughout his career makes for a fascinating listen

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  • Daniel
  • 09-09-16

Highly recommend to any fan!

Great book. Amazing story but the epilogue, WOW, that was emotional! highly recommend this book to any wrestling or Daniel Bryan fan!

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  • Chris
  • 08-18-16

Perfect

Exactly what I was looking for the only downside is the other narrator I don't feel he should be there

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  • Jeremy
  • 08-12-15

Much better than anticipated

Daniel Bryan does a stellar job of conveying his life experiences. Very insightful and clever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.