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Professional Idiot

A Memoir
Length: 10 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen “Steve-O” Glover wouldn’t do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds.

As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous.

Steve-O has been a man in search of a spotlight practically since birth. Growing up all over the world, thanks to his father’s career as a corporate executive, he was the kid who’d drink handfuls of salt in order to make friends. After he stole a video camera from his dad as a teenager, his future path was more or less sealed. Footage of himself skateboarding soon gave way to footage of himself setting his hair on fire or doing back flips off apartment buildings into shallow pools. After detours to several hospitals, a couple of jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he landed, quite naturally, on MTV’s Jackass, in 2000.

He took to fame like it was the very thing missing from his life, but it was never enough. He filled the void with booze and drugs, and soon began treating his entire life like it was one big—and supremely risky—stunt.

In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood apartment, where he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed drugs around the clock—and began broadcasting his downward spiral on the Internet. Finally, his Jackass comrade, Johnny Knoxville, and seven other friends staged an intervention and forced him into a psychiatric ward against his will, ultimately saving his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction and the path to recovery and redemption with the same bravado and humor that have endeared Steve-O to so many. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot will entertain those who’ve been with him on his many wild rides, as well as surprise and intrigue those who know him only as the guy willing to do anything—no matter how painful—for a laugh.

©2011 Ballbag, Inc. f/s/o Stephen Glover. (P)2011 Hyperion

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good for 15 hour road trips!

Listened to this driving from BC to CA. Thank you for making the drive fun!

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A glimpse into the life of a Jackass

I don't know why but hearing that Steve-O is living a healthy drug free life makes me happy. After hearing everything that he has done to and put into his body it is shocking that he is still alive today. Great book and great stories.

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Not read by Steve-O

Book is very good, but Steve-O stops reading after 2nd chapter. Still a great story.

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One Crazy life

It changed my life. A great life story. He needs to write a second book.

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Interesting listen

The book was well performed. An inside look into sex drugs and rock n roll. Very interesting read

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A must read

Incredible story written by an incredibley diverse and interesting person. absolutely loved it . 😁

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  • Ensey
  • amarillo, TX, United States
  • 2011-09-06

Bummed by the "Bait and Switch".

Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.

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  • Rob
  • 2011-06-10

Steve-O narrates 1st 53mins then you get a new guy

Sort of deceptive. I???m enjoying the audiobook but 53 mins into it Steve-O announces he???ll no longer be reading it and then hands it over to some other narrator. What the hell?
It???s weird trying to adjust to it now that I???ve been used to hearing the actual author talk. Would this be an example of bait and switch? It does says Narrated by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover.
Steve-O, liking the book so far but sad to say as a consumer I am disappointed. (so far 5 stars for content but overall 2 for lame decision on replacement)

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  • Phynx
  • 2016-07-28

bait and switch

bait and switch Steve narrates for a very short time but the actual story is very interesting and brutally honest

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  • Jason
  • 2017-03-31

Small let down

Steve O not doing the audio after the first hour was a let down, I think him telling his own story would of been more impactful but still a great audio book

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  • Goombah
  • 2015-10-31

Great til he left.

Everything was going great until once again the narrator, well this time the author and brief speaking man himself Steve-O left his reading and was continued on by some buster that I couldn't relate to like I did Stevo-O.
Bring Stevo back and drop the 16 year reading it.

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  • Online mogul
  • Toronto Canada
  • 2019-07-13

Sad Story, cool guy

I've always been interested in Steve-o and his story. the more I've learned from his many interviews and the content on his YouTube channel has only given me respect for his determination. hearing the full story of his rough journey is shocking, more that he actually survived what he did to himself. I'm only disappointed that Steve couldn't read the entire book. he stops after a couple chapters.

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  • joshua nelson
  • 2017-09-07

very good. but.......

very good.....but Steve​-o stop narrating less than an HR in. it was much more compelling and Drew you into his story when it was him.

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  • Fairly reliable Joe
  • 2019-09-11

Steve-O bails on the reading a chapter in....

It was fine. But having someone else read the book is a bummer. Steve-O should re-record it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-06

Loved your book Steve O!

We loved your book. Your complete openness about some of your hardest time was very brave. We are very proud of you.

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  • jamiel cunningham
  • 2019-12-02

Amazing story

Absolutely love the book, great story, kept me very interested, really great work by the cast