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From Steven Adler, the original drummer for Guns N' Roses, comes My Appetite for Destruction, the inside story of GNR. Offering a different perspective from the bestselling Slash, Adler chronicles his life with the band, and own intense struggle with addiction, as seen on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

©2010 Steven Adler (P)2020 Tantor

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a life long GNR fan

As a fan this book was a must read. Really didn't care much for the voice of the reader but the story it hard not knowing that this is the terminal the adult dealt with babyface drama with a big smile on the States at all times had his hidden demonds... Read that he made it through. Would love to see him back in the band he deserves it

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  • Sharon Kemp
  • 2020-07-02

Slightly Disappointed

I am a huge guns n roses band which is the only reason I got through this book. I'm not a prude or anyting, but I could have done without all the details about his bodily fluids on women's - or as he called them "chicks" - faces, and other countless x-rated encounters. I mean I understand that he's a rockstar and that is part of the lifestyle, but I have read many a rockstar memoir, and they have always managed to get their point across without the tireless descriptions how exactly what went down (pun intended).
The narrator just sounded like an actor who was trying to portray a vapid stoner. I guess that is appropriate but just came across to me as if he were trying too hard. my 19 year old was in the car with me during some of it and he even commented that the guy sounded ridiculous. I explained to him that the actual author had suffered a stroke and a pretty bad slur, but agree with him at this dude sounded like a bit of a tool. My only other complaint is that Steven did not address the whole Rocket Queen thing. I would have liked to hear his thoughts on Axl hooking up with Steven's lady friend for the infamous sound effects in that song.
I can't say that the book was boring it held my attention but at times I couldn't help but cringe.

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  • SNAFU666
  • 2021-02-04

TERRIBLE NARRATION

You'd think they could at least find someone that can pronounce the very significant people and bands names that are in this book, or at least proof listen to it first. It really ruins the book by having to repeatedly listen to all these names mispronounced over and over. Who in hell doesn't know Dokken is pronounced "Dock-in"? Ruined it for me.

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  • philip werner
  • 2021-01-27

sucked not what I expected

What's super lame not what I expected the person reading it put me to sleep the story was lame

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  • David Howard
  • 2021-01-22

GnR lies

The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce Tone Loc and Dokken. Good book otherwise.

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  • R. Phelps
  • 2020-11-23

Don’t do it

I just finished green lights and wanted another bio book. As good as green lights was, this was equally bad. The same struggle of addiction 50 times in a row. And the narrator sounded like Casey Kasem trying to be a stoner. At the end it said published in 2010. Hope this guy has it together by now.

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  • jeff bonomo
  • 2021-02-12

great book but...

great audiobook but the narrator should have taken a few minutes to learn how to pronounce some of the names of people, especially well known rock musicians.

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  • Cook48
  • 2021-01-28

An insightful, yet flawed piece of work

I’m a big Guns N’ Roses fan, and was excited to get through Steven adler’s memoir. But he spends a bit too much time on things that don’t matter, like describing in detail how he had sex with this one specific chick he never saw again, things like that. It goes off track quite a few times and some accounts of events seemed very one sided and biased. But overall, it was still insightful and helped flesh out the history of being i GNR, and what it was like going through life for Adler. Certainly not as polished as slash or duff’s autobiographies, but a decent read nonetheless. This narrator was also a bit ill placed but I grew accustomed to his delivery eventually

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  • Lindsay
  • 2021-01-04

loved it

although I was a die hard GNR fan since High School, I fell in love with Steven Adler as a person when he was on Celebrity rehab. He was so real. And so is this book. I understand why he didn't narrate it himself because as he mentions in the book he had a stroke years back and it sometimes makes him hard to understand. But I did take one star away for the narraration because I could tell at times (just by knowing the way Adler speaks) the tone was misinterpreted. But a very minor detail.

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  • Ryan Anys
  • 2021-04-30

Compelling but sad tale...

Wow, what a blizzard of drug abuse and wantonly self-destructive behavior!

It is truly a wonder Steven Adler is still alive and kicking. Guess he has some good friends, caring family, and divine providence to thank for it. Because he certainly did his level best to do himself in.

You know sincerity, I have a hard time judging this book. It's definitely a compelling tale, and I must read for any Guns 'n Roses fan.

But at the same time it's a story for truly wasted life. Adler seems to have gotten into heroin mostly because he was bored. And he seemed to wallow in his addiction mostly because he just couldn't stop "partying," as he puts it.

In a word, it's just plain sad. So, if you're into Guns 'n Roses and up for pathetic tale, this this book is for you!

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  • redheadmomx2
  • 2021-03-15

Self-indulgent

I think I expected more from this book than the author could possibly deliver. Although you can’t help but find Steven likable due to his appearance s on Celebrity Rehab, I wanted to find more of a story here.