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Publisher's Summary

There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that's just not JR.

Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.

Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first seen it on his grandparents' TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of "outsiders", he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business - from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss toward revenge to consoling two naked 600-pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.

With all those adventures and responsibilities, he's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock, to name a few. Listeners will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn't just a wrestling story. It's a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. Currently he is the host of the podcast The Ross Report.

Any fan of wrestling- from the territory days to today - will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story - and you don't want to miss it!

©2017 Jim Ross with Paul O'Brien (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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Slobberknocker of a book.

loved it. Love JR's views on wrestling as well as learning abit more about the man behind the voice & hat. <3

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Fantastic Listen

Easy and enjoyable listen with JRs reading of it having me hooked on every word, definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to hear a gripping fascinating story.

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Great insight into a legend's career

This was an interesting listen and it gives insight into how JR got into the business, as well as some fine nuggets about many icons of the industry i.e. Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon, even some great stories of Muhammad Ali, and the list goes on. Perfect for any wrestling fan. Will definitely pick up the second book.

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amazingly insighful

I didn't realise the extent of what Jim Ross was responsible for. Anazingly informative and honest. Can't wait for the follow-up

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BY GAWD ALMIGHTY

What an amazing story about pro wrestlings greatest announcer good ol Jim Ross JR !

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Amazing book by JR

Thoroughly enjoyed this highly entertaining book. Highly recommended to all wrestling fans, hopefully volume two isn't far away

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by gawd

from fan to the greatest commentator of all time. this book tells you about good ol J. R's rise in the ranks. in the wrestling business. it shows you how strange yet fascinating the business is and his passion for wrestling really shows in the book and the fact that Jim Ross reads it himself makes the book that much better

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  • 15-01-2019

Simply a blast from the past.

Good ol’ J.R. Has been the voice of my childhood. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Even though you will never see this, thank you J.R.
Not only for sharing your story but reminding me to never give up. This is a must for any wrestling fan!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-2020

A real Slobberknocker!!

A truly great story about one of pro wrestling’s all time greats. I can’t wait for the next one and to hear more!!

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  • DMR
  • 23-03-2019

Better than it should be.

It is awkward listening to JR read his story at first. He is such a natural story teller it feels odd listening to him read as opposed too his free flowing podcast. Excellent stories will carry you through easily and it isn't the worst reading I've heard by far. More inside shop than I thought the company man would go and better than it should be lol.

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  • Maci Hutson
  • 16-11-2017

Somewhat disappointed

Jim is the greatest announcer of all time for sure! I felt the book didn’t really go in depth about the wrestling business. I wanted more stories and behind the scenes stuff. It only covers his career up until WrestleMania 15. To Jim’s credit his career was so long so it would be hard to cover everything. Maybe a second book coming later? Hopefully! I would recommend this book for the wrestling fan who grew up listening and watching Jim. Over all I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-2021

amazing

everything I thought it would be. what a awesome amazing story. thank you Jim Ross

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  • Becket
  • 02-10-2021

Good old JR

Interesting life story. Gives you a tour of the backstages of wrestling. JR is such a great guy.

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  • Anthony Abato
  • 15-09-2021

Elevated by the narration

I came into this with decent expectations, figuring it'd be a fairly interesting story about Jr's upbringing and life in the wrestling world. Yes, these were the subjects of the book, but I was consistently engaged - at times amused, at other points saddened by some of the difficult experiences he went through or witnessed others go through. Overall, JR narrating the book himself made it very personable, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in professional wrestling or just looking for a good memoir.

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  • William S. Gross
  • 22-07-2021

great history and background of Jim Ross

Learned a lot about wrestling and Jim Ross's career. I think it is definitely worth the listen if you love old school wrestling.

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  • Diego Ochoa
  • 02-07-2021

some of the best stories of it the business

Jim Ross' life and journey to becoming one of the best if not the best

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  • Antonio B
  • 22-06-2021

great listen, really enjoyed this book

recommend it to any fan, worth every penny imo. this selection is a no brainer.

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  • Jaime
  • 16-10-2017

Slobber knocker

I really enjoyed this book.
Having it read by the author isn’t always good to hear but Jim Ross really made me want to keep listening (just like he does whenever he’s doing his announcing for any promotion).
The performance is essential to me because audio is a huge part of my life, I’m blind and most of the books haven’t been available in accessible formats until recently.
I gave this rating because JR’s performance kept my attention throughout and to me that’s what audiobooks should always do, just like the original printed books are meant to do.
I look forward to the sequel.

Jaime

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-2017

Jim, this was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

I could not recommwnd this more. Thank you for your honesty and insight, Jim. God Bless.

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  • sawyer jim 84
  • 15-10-2021

fascinating story.

fascinating story read by the man himself. looking forward to hearing the next one from JR

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  • Kieran Hensby
  • 04-10-2021

A must listen for any wrestling fan

Having grown up listening to Jim Ross commentating on wwf/wcw, this book did not dissapoint, providing insight, anacdotes about many wrestling events, stories and wrestlers characters behind the curtain. Jim is always open and honest with his reflections of key events, maintaining his professionalism and integrity throughout, thouroughly enjoyed listening to this wrestling Legend.

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  • monica m.
  • 16-09-2021

Great Listen

Really enjoyed it. Hoping for more stories from the attitude era in the next one!

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  • B J Fahey
  • 08-08-2021

a page turner

if you're a fan of wrestling and Jr then you are going really enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2021

Good old jr

Loved book book as a big time wrestling fan. Jim Ross voice is a joy to listen too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2021

The voice of Monday nights

If you are a fan of fun wrestling stories then listening to the voice of wrestling tell them is perfect.

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  • Gary B.
  • 02-06-2021

what a book

if your a WWF fan your want to get this book JR has Always been amazing and what he has seen and done wow

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  • mark
  • 08-05-2021

Good old JR

loved this book. Great story from a main figure in the wwe whilst I was growing up.

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