• Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

  • By: Tony Iommi
  • Narrated by: Bev Bevan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (575 ratings)

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Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

By: Tony Iommi
Narrated by: Bev Bevan
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Publisher's summary

Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

©2011 Tony Iommi (P)2012 Tony Iommi

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The story: interesting; The narration-terrible.

I am a HUGE Black Sabbath fan, and this book did deliver some excellent behind the scenes stuff for me, however I found it a tad guarded, compared to some other rock bios. I also think Tony's sense of humour was lacking, perhaps it was just the way the story was written (or the ghost writer's work), so it was a bit dry. Although I've read other Black Sabbath books, this gave me a different take on the rise of the band, also the band members diverse personalities and contributions etc. So I enjoyed that a great deal. The narration was terrible though, I didn't appreciate hearing the narrator swallow and shuffle in his seat constantly. Perhaps it needs to be performed again with a better narrator to make it more enjoyable to listen to?

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Straightforward chronology

Iron Man is a straightforward account of Tony's life chronologically without a specific structure or point.
I'm a super-fan, so I liked it a lot; but there wouldn't be enough here for someone who wasn't.
There are occasional stories that are either very funny or fascinating.
Bev Bevans's performance is spot on. Casual & engaging. It's like sitting down for an evening with Tony on his couch.

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This book will melt your ears off!

What did you love best about Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath?

Learning the history of the band, the era, and of Tony.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath?

There is a story in here of the bands early days where Tony drops Ozzy off at a house that looks like his own house, but is not. It is hysterical.
There is a lot of back stories to the albums and songs. Brings a whole new perspective to the Black Sabbath catalog making me appreciate them even more.

What about Bev Bevan’s performance did you like?

He is a personal friend of Tony and even sounds a little like him. His British accent is very pleasant to listen too.

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

It made me lolz many times and cringe once or twice.

Any additional comments?

I've read a lot of rock bio's. This one is by far my favorite. I actually still like Tony after reading it. Same cannot be said about other rock performers books I have read.
Tony is a likable guy and of course, he is the driving force behind one of the most iconic heavy metal bands ever.

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Likable but very light

As a guitarist and fan of rock I was hoping for a little more detail and grit. I don't care about the reasons Tony got divorced or every drug fueled party but either he has had a quiet life of he denied us the details. It's a hard task to compete with Clapton or Keef's recent books but there must have been more....

Tony is what we all thought him to be, a very decent humble guy.

Narration is a bit home made....which it kinda was.

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outstanding book

Im a huge fan of Mr Iommi. great book. from his youth to triumph over a tragedy. gives inside look into the up and down life of rock n roll. and great book for why not to do drugs for the youth. I have every album ever made by him. See how three other worldly beings brought you the king of heavy metal!

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Good story, but a bit untight

It was enjoyable to hear about Black Sabbath from the inside, and Iommi is playing it out like the polite and dry witted englishman he probably is. But I feel that both the actual book and the reading could have been tighter. Too often it's more like hearing Iommi doing a documentary interview than reading (listening to) an actual book. The reading is mostly good, and the dialect perfect, but sometimes he feels a bit uninspired, and sometimes there's a bit too much paper shuffling and quirky edits. But for a fan it's a must read!

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Absolutely wonderful person Tony Iommi

I absolutely loved the book well-written funny in parts I'm sad that it was over.

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The father of heavy metal!

Where does Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a great insight into the history of Black Sabbath and metal in general, told by a rock legend in his own words.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It was hard to listen at times. All that swallowing and mouth noises made it sound very busy and distracting. A plus was his native Birmingham accent which made it sound as if it was Tony himself telling the story.

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

Yes, for sure.

Any additional comments?

You can tell that Tony is not a professional book writer because the narrative is simple and repetitive, but that's part of the charm, because it feels like one is having a conversation with him.

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A great book from a great artist!

What made the experience of listening to Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath the most enjoyable?

A well written personal story of one of the greates bands of all times.

What did you like best about this story?

Very honest and personal style of writing. Feels like you talk to an old friend. Exiting, entertaining and easy to listen to.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great also for so-so fans or music fans in general.

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Love Bev Bevan But...

Great story about the life of heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi. I also have Ozzy's audiobook and there were some incidences in Tony's life repeated in Ozzy's book since they happened during the Black Sabbath years. I have to say, though, that the choice of Bev Bevan to be the narrator of the audiobook was not a good one. I appreciate Bev's contributions to rock music as drummer of the Move and ELO as well as Black Sabbath for the album He Lives, but he is NOT a narrator. His constant lip smacking was annoying, and the microphone on several occasions picked up his moving around in his chair. It makes it difficult listening to an audiobook with all those annoyances.

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