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My Appetite for Destruction

Written by: Steven Adler,Lawrence C. Spagnola - with
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
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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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Regret and Shame

Steven Adler has learned his lessons the hard way. He has risen to fame and has also slipped into the hollows of hell on earth.
He owns it and shares his story with honesty and humility. Very much respect him for his talent and being apart of the most successful album of all time.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Samuel Weiland
  • 2020-02-26

Great book. Better than Slash's....

I got a way better feel for the dynamics of GnR than I did reading Slash's book which while maybe better written, I felt like glossed over so many things, and didn't reveal anything of the other band member's personalities much. This made me feel like I was there in the band a LOT more than Slash's book. True, some people may be put off by Adler's somewhat immature tone of voice and over-focus on sex at times...but then again some may like that! It certainly gave the book a candid feel of honesty to have it so clearly in Adler's tone of voice.

Anyway a very interesting read for any GnR fan. My favorite part was when Axl showed up at Adler's bedside during after his first OD. It's nice to hear something sweet Axl did since all I've been hearing since about 1987 is what an intolerable prick he is...

The reader turned me off at first...but within a few chapters, his reading style was one of my favorite parts of the audiobook experience =)

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  • Kelleefornia
  • 2023-10-08

Did Casey Kasem narrate this? OOPH!

I grew up in the 80's. I don't have thin skin. Still have an AFD demo tape. Met Steven Adler. He was super nice to me. Having said all of that....

I thought this book was filled with gratuitous sex and addict excuses. Like I said.... super nice guy to me... I guess I was just looking for a little more from him. Or maybe just a little different?? I was rooting for him. Still am. Hated that he was no longer in GnR.

Still wishing him the very best. I just can't recommend this book. and eeeeeeekkkkkk! What's with the terrible narration???

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  • Carrie
  • 2023-09-25

Absolutely worth a listen, narrator is not great

As a life long GNR Fan this was a great story. Lots of info and the down and dirty of rock and roll. The narrator is not my favorite. Story really hangs on the drugs, which feels unending but that's the nature of the beast I suppose. So much I didn't know, and so much I don't think I wanted to know. So ugly it's fascinating.

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