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
I knew Tyson was an interesting character, and perhaps people older than myself will have known more of the story. I just couldn't wait to get in the car and listen to this story. Listening to Mike's life story, everyone should just hate him. But it's impossible to. A champion in the true sense of the word.
"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.
"Love him or hate him you will love this book"
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.
His accent and voice at times are very much like Tyson and he does a great job approximating the champ telling his own tale.
Iron Mike Unchained
"Mixed feelings on this book..."
No, it was worth listening to while at work.
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.
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.
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.
If it wasn’t for the cocaine, Tyson would have probably lived a different life.
"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.
"The whole truth and nothing but the truth"
As a long time watcher of Mike Tyson, I thought this would be interesting. Interesting how one man with so much talent could lose so much and come back a stronger and a better man. This is the book to read if you have any interest in Mike Tyson. It is at times tense, at times shocking, at times sad, but I believe in my heart an honest outpouring of Mike Tyson. I could not put it down. It is a long read/listen and will not disappoint. I first said that I was a watcher of Mike Tyson, now I am a fan of the man.
"tyson is a talented young man and a humbled older"
Did not read the print version
His marriage to Robin.
His sister passing
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.
What seems like the turning point of his life when he fought the man that killed his pigeon.
Great listen, a totally different aspect of the champ that I can understand.
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!
When he realizes he is broke and he has to take care of his family.
He read with passion.
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.
HE IS BIGGER THAN LIFE!
"Great Book all the way around."
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.
Never listened before.
Motley Crue's: The Dirt for Boxing
The amount of excess that Mike had then his tragic downfall
Don King - He nailed it
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