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Slobberknocker

Written by: Jim Ross,Paul O'Brien
Narrated by: Jim Ross,R.C. Bray
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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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very entertaining

I'm a fan from the 80's Era and it was great to hear JR's stories and the behind the scenes world of pro wrestling. JR narrates and it makes for great listening. highly recommend!

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Simply Fantastic

An amazing title from front to back. Jim Ross is an icon of professional wrestling, and to hear his story told his way is enthralling. The fact that the man himself narrates it only makes it better. Anyone who grew up as a fan during the 1990s and the Attitude Era, owes it to themselves to give this a listen.

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A must read for any wrestling fan. Good'ol JR!

A great book. Hearing the legendary voice of JR narrating his life story is awesome. A must read for any wrestling fan.

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Awesome book by the voice of wrestling

This was a great story of the voice of wrestling. Jr him self was the best part of this book.

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The voice of my childhood

A wonderful journey along the life of one of my idols. Jim Ross is the greatest to ever put on a headset, and I am honored to have listened to his story. That it is in his words only makes it that much more special. Thank you Jim for everything you have sacrificed for, and contributed to, the wonderful world of wrestling. A must read/listen to any true fan of the wrestling business. Now onto Under The Black Hat!

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If you love wrestling this is pure, this is honesty, this is awesome

Worth a credit, worth your time. It’s Jim Ross for Gods sake! Enough said people!

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Needed to listen to JRs 1st book

I needed to listen to JRs 1st book before reading his 2nd book Under the Blackhat

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love it , very interesting . I recommend it to any wrestling fans to read

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Good story , great narrating

Jim Ross has lots of fun and interesting stories to tell even if you're not a wrestling fan great narration as well .

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Jim Ross is the man

I hope he writes another book some time soon. Jim Ross is the best ever.

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  • Maci Hutson
  • 2017-11-16

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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  • josh w
  • 2019-01-15

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
  • 2020-04-07

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
  • 2019-03-23

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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  • Casey
  • 2017-10-26

Absolutely fantastic!

Sometimes, you just know that something is going to be good and feel validated when you find out that you were right. When I heard that Jim Ross' 'Slobberknocker' would be coming out as an audiobook I immediately got excited. I figured there was no way this could turn out as anything other than fantastic and am happy to say I was right.

The story is engaging throughout, moving from thought provoking to laugh out loud funny to full of real emotion as smoothly as the best car ride.

The narration is wonderful as you'd expect from someone who is used to using his voice to tell stories meant to captivate an audience. Just like when he does commentary, JR knows the notes he needs to hit and when and always has the appropriate tone for the story he's telling.

Jim Ross is not a perfect man, nobody is and he never claims to be, but he is honest when describing his failings and regrets.

If you're a wrestling fan, this is a must listen. If you admire people who are willing to chase their dream no matter the cost and those who have overcome many obstacles along life's journey then you will also find it compelling.

The book ends at WrestleMania XV in 1999 which means that there are still many more stories to tell. 'Slobberknocker' sets a high bar for any books that will follow but if anyone is up to the task it is Good Ol JR.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-05

Ross Reports

From territories to Titan Towers, JR delivers. Good God nothing can break him in half.

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  • Roderick Newborn
  • 2023-02-04

main event player

I gained a new appreciation for the man under the hat. good ol time

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  • Melody Mitchell
  • 2023-01-28

A little humor and ALOT of history!!!

There is a reason why he's THE man for play by play in wrestling. And THIS is the "why".

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  • Acie C.
  • 2023-01-27

A must listen for a wrestling fan

Jim Ross’s autobiography is one of the most interesting stories I’ve heard in a long time. The way he reads his words with such enthusiasm and signature tone makes this perfect in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-01-19

True Classic

One of the greatest audio books I have listened to at work and home having Jim Ross narrate his life story was a chef's kiss because we got one of the greatest commentators in the world telling the story of one of the greatest commentators in the world