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The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 9 hrs
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When this best-selling autobiography was originally released, everyone was shocked: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the darkest, funniest, most controversial and best-selling rock book of its time - and it became the template, both visually and narratively, for almost every rock book since. Marilyn Manson is not just a music icon, it turned out, but one of the best storytellers of his generation. Written with best-selling author Neil Strauss and modeled on Dante's Inferno, this edition of The Long Hard Road out of Hell features a bonus chapter not in the original book. In the shocking and candid memoir, Manson takes listeners from backstage to emergency rooms to jail cells, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country. Along the way you'll hear what happens to fans - and celebrities - who dare to venture backstage with the one of the world's most dangerous rock stars. In the words of Elle magazine, the book "makes Madonna's infamous Sex seem downright wholesome in comparison".

©1998 Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Sex, drugs and rock and roll

Well I was hoping for an intelligent bio and what I got was your typical rock and roll star story but perhaps that's just how he had to evolve. I read Steven Tyler's story which is some what similar. I'd like him to write how his life has evolved since this book was written. I think he has so much more to offer.

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Beyond my expectations! Great stories!

The only thing to make this book better is having Marilyn Manson himself narrating (although this narrator had a great soothing quality to his voice).

This was a great sneak peak into what makes MM tick. There were a lot of jaw dropping stories and times where I couldn't stop laughing. I also really loved the testimonies and Affidavit readings. Those were quite a spectacle. Fantastic!

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  • Lou
  • Orlando, Fl
  • 2017-11-29

would have been 10xs better if Manson had narrated

not the hugest fan of his music but when i read this book i loved it. wanted to re read it without reading it again so I picked up the audio book. i wish manson had narrated. this guy did fine but i kept wanting to hear manson tell the tale

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  • L-squared
  • 2018-01-31

Interesting read (at times) but not well written

I should start off by saying that I have always been a strong Marilyn Manson fan. Definitely not someone you would see at his concert, but someone who appreciated his music, uniqueness and artistic style. In interviews he always struck me as intelligent and eloquent. Regrettably, I was very disappointed in this book. Besides the occasional gratuitous and salacious storytelling (which I’ll admit was entertaining, although severely limited!) I found it both pretentious and self indulgent.

Sometimes people moan on and on about how different they are from the norm. Which I can respect to a degree. But towards the end, his point was lost because he dug himself Into a hypocritical hole where he (at least in my opinion) transformed into a narcissistic bully, desperately trying to showcase the superiority in his beliefs and lifestyle not because his way of living brought him any sense of fulfillment. But for the juvenile reasoning that he seems to passionately hate normalcy in any sense of the word.

I don’t have to agree with what someone preaches, but at least make a decent case for yourself. Or at the VERY least, write it well.

Left this book less of a fan than i was coming into it, unfortunately.

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  • Sherry Faircloth
  • 2019-01-18

Shockingly Good

I know of Marilyn Manson, know nothing about him or his music only what I have heard. I find the book very well read and very interesting. He is a talented artist with some pretty amazing ideas with shock value. A very good read.

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  • Sam Mezo
  • 2019-01-16

Awesome

the narrator did pretty good and the story is obviously awesome, like anything you would expect from Marilyn Manson,

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  • Kindle Customer
  • Chicago, IL.
  • 2018-05-22

You can skip this one.

This is my 4th or 5th rock related memoir and this one just was in a different class. It seemed to drag and I struggled to get through it. it seemed like everytime I turned around the book was listing or counting some assumed fact pattern or a set of rules that said you were gay, straight, or something else. these lists were monotonous, numerous, and were always followed by the author stating "i broke..." and then listing the rules he broke but we can't remember the numbers associatwd with each rule because there were 20+ rules. it was really quite bad. if I didn't have a new years resolution to. read more books I probably would have never finished this one. peobably best to not start reading it and save your credit for something else.

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  • Jennifer Robertson (O'Dell)
  • Ellington, MO
  • 2019-10-10

My FAVORITE Book

I've physically read this book twice & listened to it 3 times! I love the band & the man more each time!

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  • Alan mcelroy
  • 2019-10-10

Wow

Bought this thinking ok what's this guy really about because ive never understood him beforehand. What I got was much much more. Maybe I'll never really understand Marilyn Manson but this book really was honesty at it's best. I truly got more than I had anticipated! Definitely would recommend and worth buying!

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  • Jerome Chavez
  • 2019-09-26

AMAZING READ!!!

I loved this book. Brian Werner is an intelligent person and tells an awesome story of Marilyn Manson and really humanizes the media demon of the 90s. He's a great writer with an amazing artistic ability and even has a background in journalism. While most people seem to have a fear of the obscene Marilyn Manson has an wonderful ability of embracing that and using that to his advantage in his artistic style of music, writing , visual art and performances to become the one of the best Rock bands of the 90s and the Pop Culture Icon that he is today. This is a wonderful book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-08-31

woowwww

ok ive been into manson since i was a kid. i used to sneak it from my parents but i loved him from a young agw and to hear his story was a whole roller coaster ride for me. it went from 0-100 really wuick every chapter had a crazy story and its awesome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-30

ADDICTIVE

This book was so good. I randomly ran across it. It struck my interest in the first chapter. I recommend if you are a rocker!