Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Am Ozzy Audiobook (Abridged) - A Review

I Am Ozzy Audiobook (Abridged) - Ozzy Osbourne & Chris Ayres (Hachette for review)

Product Details (from B&N)

  • Pub. Date: January 2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sales Rank: 33,420

Synopsis (from B&N)

"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour.

People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

My Thoughts:

I have been an Ozzy fan since I was a wild teenager, so I was excited to get a chance to listen to this. I had a great time listening to his life and the antics and I got to be honest, I have no clue how this man is even alive. The crazy stuff he has done and the abuse he put his body through, it's truly amazing that he's alive.

This book made me laugh and laugh and laugh. I would listen on my way to and from work and I swear people driving next to me must have thought I was nuts. A few times I was saddened by some of the stuff I heard. Randy's death being the part that pulled on my heartstrings the most. I guess as a kid I never really paid much attention to the circumstances behind his death, so hearing come from Ozzy's mouth was sad indeed.

Now it is Ozzy so I should mention there's language and wild antics, drugs, alcohol etc. during the entire book. I really loved this book and would recommend to anyone who was ever a fan of his music or his TV shows.


(The) Ladybug Lounge formerly Msslaydbug said...

Thanks for sharing your review of this book ! I've been wanting to read this as well ! Can't wait !