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Professional Idiot: A Memoir

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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 wouldnt 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 fathers career as a corporate executive, he was the kid whod 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 MTVs 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.



  • I was seriously let down by the fact that Steve-o couldn't complete the narration. The person they brought in to narrate was honestly a bit irritating. Besides that, I was totally hooked and couldn't stop listening!
  • I was let down by the fact that Steve-O didn't narrate the entire memoir, and that the "interviews/quotes" weren't from the actual people/voices. It's a lengthy narrative that provides a glimpse into his addiction, along with a blend of amusing anecdotes. However, it's quite grim and not as humorous considering his constant struggles and acting out due to his addictions. It became a bit repetitive since the predominant focus throughout the book was on this particular aspect.
  • This guy has lived a seriously fascinating life. It was awesome to listen to him telling his own story, but then he disappears and some other dude takes over. It's great to see that he managed to find his path.
  • Once you get past the initial couple of chapters, the narration of the book is taken over by a different person. This resulted in a sense of detachment for me, making it difficult to fully engage with the story. The memoir itself is captivating, but it concludes after just a year into Steve-O's journey of sobriety when he is still in the process of understanding himself. Personally, I would have loved to see a follow-up version, perhaps a decade later, exploring his growth and transformation over time.
  • I really enjoy reading non-fiction books where the author narrates their own story. Even though they usually read word for word, there's a certain subtlety and emotion that comes through in their voice. It's especially engaging when the book is about the author's own life. Needless to say, I was extremely let down when, just three chapters in, Steve-O interrupts to explain that he won't be able to continue narrating because of his comedy tour. Instead, the duties will be taken over by a group of talented actors. This sudden shift to a different narrator, after listening to Steve-O's voice for almost an hour, really took me out of the immersive experience of the stories being told. While it was already a bit off-putting in the first two chapters to hear voice actors reading the words of people whose voices I know (like Chris Pontius and Johnny Knoxville), it was forgivable, since it's not their own story. When the familiar voice of Steve-O, whom I've grown up hearing, returned to tell his own story, there was a sense of relief. Unfortunately, the enjoyment didn't last, and I was so disappointed with the shift in chapter 3 that I couldn't continue with the book. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick it up again in the future, but for now, I'll have to be content with only hearing the beginning of the story.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it exceeded my expectations. The only small issue I had, and it's really not a big deal, is that I would have preferred Steve-o to narrate the entire thing. However, I eventually adjusted to the new narrator and he did an excellent job. Eventually, I didn't mind his narration at all.