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Now a Netflix original movie starring Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, Douglas Booth, and Iwan Rheon, directed by Jeff Tremaine.

Celebrate over 30 years of the world's most notorious rock band with the audiobook edition of The Dirt - the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mötley Crüe. 

Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, roller-coaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mötley Crüe books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt

Joe Levy at Rolling Stone calls The Dirt "without a doubt...the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling and utterly revolting."

©2014 Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Very good

Thorough. Doesn’t glaze over anything. This is not just a party memoir. It gets deep. Very good. Now looking for something else similar.

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amazing!

I've listened to the book twice now and have previous read it 3 times since the book first came out. The Dirt will forever be one of my favorite books of all time. I will definitely listen to it again!

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Worth your time

To say that the members of Motley Crue are crazy would be an understatement. First hand account stories that you won't believe, and both sides of stories that probably land somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would...or care to admit. You won't regret taking the time to enjoy The Dirt.

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Interesting but monotone narration

The narration was enough to make me fall asleep. Never changed regardless of who was talking.

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A motley crue

loved everything about the book, the movie was good but the book was even better, I would listen to/read it over and over again

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"The Dirt" is an Accurate Description

No-one in their right mind would let someone they care about anywhere near the members of Mötley Crüe in the 80s and 90s.
These are distasteful but most-interesting individuals. Mick Mars is a genuine quality musician - the other guys were clearly self-declared "punk" poseurs cashing in on perceived badassery for drugs, alcohol, and easy pussy (although Nikki can write). The book is interesting and filled with jawdropping anecdotes, but is pretty obviously self-serving (Take each of these stories of mindblowing sexual excess and kicking ass in fistfights with a huge handful of salt). There is very little "biography" in the writing but a whole lot of "shock 'em". I learned a lot about the band, but did so by reading between the lines. With the notable exception of the description of the death of Vince's daughter Skylar (which is filled with legitimate pathos), this is a superficial examination of superficial people.

The ensemble reading cast (Sebastian York, Roger Wayne, Fred Berman, MacLeod Andrews, Hillary Huber) is Hit & Miss: Each chapter is written by a different member of the band - or entourage - and each is read by a different voice actor. Each of the chosen actors reads clearly, realistically, and emotively. Using different voices also nicely breaks up the text (reinvigorating interest). It's a good strategy - but then the voice actors selected sound quite similar.. ruining the effect. To that error I have to add that their collective pacing is poor - I sped the recording to 1.25X to get a comfortable rate. The narration is thus overall "decent".

I never saw the NetFlix production, but I imagine it's entertaining. The book is certainly dramatic enough to inspire a decent show..
But there are some glaring drawbacks: The text is self-serving and strains credulity. The band members are unapologetically irredeemable. The narration is underwhelming.
After all of that, this is a professional and immersive audiobook. If you're curious about the band members, this book is unspectacular but provides some insight into where they came from (for better or worse). It's worth 6/10 Stars - and your time - if you're a Crüe fan. If you don't know who these guys are, and don't really care to hear about low quality human beings misbehaving, you might do better spending the Credit elsewhere.

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Caught in the Rockstar life!

Although the story is crazy and graphic, it was a great listen (read by the band members). Not for the prude or easy offended.

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Better then the movie

A little hard to follow, this audio book is still entertaining. What I liked the most was the view of Mick Mars which normally is quiet and isolated. The book touches on some of the things the movie did not.

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Mind blowing

Never could I imagine the REAL extent of a true Rock n Roll lifestyle! Thank you for giving me an intimate look into all your lives and the real raw emotion behind the music and of course for the great music. On a personal note, you allowed me to relate more to my brother who passed away a few years ago due to a long life history with drugs and alcohol but he was a talented musician in his own right who was heavy into the Punk Rock scene in Toronto CA in a few bands. They were popular around the bar circuit back in the day, I always supported regardless if I really understood them and their music or not! Always have appreciation for different genres and the underdogs...who got harrassed ALL the time for being unique & different but sure were a talented crazy bunch! THANKS for the relateable words & music! A Canadian SUPER fangirl 😍

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absolutely loved this book ...

as addictive as their lifestyles ...im gonna have a hard time topping that book ...just finished and im already jonesing

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  • C. K. Lyons
  • 2019-06-27

1000x more detail than the movie

*The movie was a sample of Crue info so please, do yourself a solid and actually read/listen to the book.
Just a heads up, it is raw and some pretty serious stuff happens in the book. Detailed drug use, admitted rape, death, violence amongst men and women, etc.
I read this book like 10 years ago but I wanted to listen to it as I have issues with reading comprehension and I skip stuff without realizing it. Even if you read it and don't have learning issues like myself, I still recommend it again. While it isn't their voices on the book, they did a pretty good job picking good narrators.

The reader did a good job in the Skylar chapter and Tommy's narrator did really well with Tommy's jail chapter. They were able to channel the guys pretty well.

If you are a Crue fan or even if not, it is a really good book. My only qualm is that there isn't much Mick in it. But Mick is a quite guy so I am not surprised that there isn't a ton.
All in all, I love it and glad I got the audiobook

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  • Catalyst
  • 2020-02-20

Entertaining but...

The book is entertaining but so much of it is crap. These scrawny punks wish they were as tough as they claim in their stories. I was around LA often during many of the events they speak of and these "tuff guy badass" fights they brag about never went down the way their story says. These dudes acted tough but got their asses kicked often by dudes that were and are still a million times tougher. The more I hear from Nikki Sixx the more I realize he is a legend in his own mind. The books good as a work of heavily embellished fiction

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-07

Crazy and Disturbing.

I have been listening to Motley Crue since they came out in the late 80s and have seen them three times in concert. I watched the movie on Netflix and couldn't wait to listen to the book. The book gave an interesting insite into their childhood and adult lives as well as that of the band BUT I have to say that I was disturbed by some of the stories. An unreported rape was mentioned - seriously WTF. And Vince Neil only did 20 days in jail for vehicular manslaughter not to mention the passengers of the other car suffered severe injuries. I'll give them 5 stars for honesty.

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  • Beth Wilbourn
  • 2019-07-23

Excellent

At first I have to admit I wish it would have been narrated by the band themselves but the chosen narrators did an excellent job! I will definitely be listening again!!

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  • ron
  • 2020-01-04

poor me poor me,, its a disease

unreal to hear such whining from druggies, women beaters, thieves, crooks, and a murderer ! three self centered ego driven clowns and a great guitar player they abused. they could have been so much more. but let ego get in the way. they should have gotten more hugs and participation trophies as kids!

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  • Johnene
  • 2019-07-30

Couldn't put it down

I really liked the story and the format of the book. It was different, in that the story is told. You hear each band members point of view and recollection of various memories.
Narrators were great, you could tell there were four different voices but they did sound very similar. I kept looking at the chapter name to see whose point of view I was listening to. If I had my wish, I'd choose more distinct voices.
I've never seen the show and not a big Motley Crüe fan BUT I really enjoyed this book and finished it in 3 days. It was hard to put down/away.
Now I'm going to watch the show and probably hate it...haha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-12

What a badass story of truth, rebellion, & LOVE

I absolutely loved this fucking book. I grew up head over heels in love with this band. I never cared about the bad shit the media reported bc I chose to love them unconditionally for who they were. My life story is not much difference then theirs except I am a chic and I had a big part of all 4 of them rolled into 1 life. I thank all for of you for your brutal honesty of what your life was like and each one of you grew in spite of and still remain to be you and do what you love to do. Kudos to all of you. And I really hope you guys make it to St. Louis on your 2020 tour bc if u do I will be the middle age rocker chic with her rocker looking old man rubbing her ass up on him dancing the entire show singing louder than any one else and taking him home banging until the sun comes like with crazy Motley fantasies in my head and knowing I just watched the best rock n roll band in history again for the umpteenth time.

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  • Constance M. Heltzel
  • 2019-11-08

Amazing Story!

The story of Motley Crue was gross, uncensored, and awesome! The way this book was laid out and great work of the narrators, it really brought the story to life. I was initially daunted by the length of the book, but I was left wanting more. This is a MUST read!!

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  • Mark Ashcraft
  • 2019-07-05

Badass!

Movie and book are awesome! Crue head Forever! I love how they held nothing back. Way more detailed in book than movie.

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  • Consumer 14
  • 2020-01-11

Not bad

Motley Crüe? When they hit the scene in LA I thought “what a bunch of posers.” I hated the music, although not nearly as much as Kiss. So why did I listen to this book? Weird voyeuristic perverse curiosity. In the end I did enjoy learning more about their personal backgrounds, it’s always interesting to know people’s stories. And I respect the band’s achievements. But as people? My god they became horrible unforgivable mindless predatory insane cowardly thugs, according to their manager, for no reason whatsoever. I got 2/3 through the book and lost interest. The formatting of the book and chapter descriptions are self absorbed failed attempts at humor, although maybe not for 14 year old males. Nikki Sixx is an annoying narcissist and of course he’s also charismatic and knows how to be successful. So yeah I pretty much like the book. It’s tawdry so I got my perverse voyeuristic fixx. I’m a musician with years on the road..we did some crazy stuff and I sure am glad I never had as much money as these guys.

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