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  1. 8.9 hrs • 7/21/2015 • Unabridged

    YES! YES! YES! Daniel Bryan is the real deal. Everyone’s favorite underdog, he’s proven to the world and to all of WWE that looks can be deceiving. Just ask everyone who’s ever underestimated him—right before he went out and whipped the WWE universe into a frenzy.

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    Yes!

    By Daniel Bryan, with Craig Tello
    Read by Daniel Bryan
    8.9 hrs • 7/21/15 • Unabridged
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    7.5 hrs • 11/4/2014 • Unabridged

    The riveting true story—and the subject of a high-profile film—of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold-medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself in his home for two days before he was finally captured. Foxcatcher is gold-medal-winner Mark Schultz’s memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champions and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms. It’s a vivid portrait of the complex relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, a man whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy. No one knows the inside story of what went on behind the scenes at Foxcatcher Farms—and inside John du Pont’s head—better than Mark Schultz. Mark’s memoir will reveal the true inside story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time.

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    Foxcatcher

    7.5 hrs • 11/4/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.9 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    World Wrestling Entertainment has named Chris Jericho as one of the top ten wrestlers—and one of the top five talkers—of all time. Certainly, the past six years have been spectacular for Jericho. After a sluggish return from his 2005 sabbatical, Jericho found new inspiration in watching No Country for Old Men and completely reinvented his character—ultimately going on to capture three world WWE titles. The Best in the World chronicles some of the incredible and often preposterous highlights of Jericho’s recent career, including: How Mickey Rourke challenged Jericho to a match, then backed outJericho’s award-winning feud with Shawn Michaels, which culminated in Jericho knocking out Michael’s wife in the ring… for realHis escape from the 2010 Icelandic volcanoes in a broken-down, European rental-car shuttleHis encounters with Bob Barker, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Al Sharpton, and Mike Tyson; and his on-again-off-again relationship with WWE chief Vince McMahon Jericho has a one-of-a-kind comedic voice and a knack for getting himself into screwball situations—both in and out of the ring. See for yourself why he is the best in the world.

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    The Best in the World

    By Chris Jericho, with Peter Thomas Fornatale
    Read by Roger Wayne
    11.9 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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    10.9 hrs • 10/31/2013 • Unabridged

    A breakthrough examination of professional wrestling—its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact—that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for both Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week”—a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subjected their bodies to—and Grantland, where he covers the pro-wrestling world and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sports writing has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who, like him, grew up worshiping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world. Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminent wrestlers, and examines the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art. Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.

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    The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker

    The Squared Circle

    10.9 hrs • 10/31/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.4 hrs • 8/13/2013 • Unabridged

    Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: He was losing the fight for his life. And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters. 

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    Wrestling with the Devil

    By Lex Luger, with John D. Hollis
    6.4 hrs • 8/13/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.7 hrs • 9/27/2012 • Unabridged

    Anthony Robles is a three-time All-American wrestler, the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, and a Nike-sponsored athlete. He was also born without his right leg. Doctors could not explain to his mother, Judy, what had led to the birth defect; but at age five, her one-legged child scaled a 50-foot pole without assistance. From that moment on, Judy knew without a doubt that her son would be unstoppable. When Robles first began wrestling in high school, he was the smallest kid on the team and finished the year in last place. But Anthony’s family and coaches supported his decision to continue, and he completed his last years of high school with a 96–0 record—and became a two-time Arizona state champion. In college, Robles had to prove himself again. Despite hardships both on and off the mat—including the temptation to quit school and get a job to help his family when they lost their home to foreclosure—he remained determined and became a champion once more.  Since winning the national championship in March 2011, Robles has become a nationally recognized role model for children and adults alike. But Unstoppable is not just an exciting sports memoir or an inspirational tale of living with a disability; it is also a reminder that anyone has the power to conquer adversity, in whatever form.

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    Unstoppable

    By Anthony Robles, with Austin Murphy
    Foreword by Jay Leno
    4.7 hrs • 9/27/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    He is the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the world. He is "the Baddest Dude on the Planet." He is Brock Lesnar. For countless fans of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, Brock Lesnar has long been known for his freakish athleticism, mind-blowing speed, and meteoric rise to the top. Yet despite the fame and fortune that have come with his enormous success, Brock has shunned the media, choosing instead to remain intensely private about his life and his accomplishments. Now, for the first time, he tells his remarkable story in his own words, describing the journey from his South Dakota farmboy roots to becoming the most popular pay-per-view attraction in the world. From the small-town amateur wrestling where he honed his skills to taking on The Rock at SummerSlam, Brock discusses how his natural athletic talent combined with the dark side of the wrestling business to make him the youngest-ever WWE World Champion. Epic as it was, Brock's overnight rise to fame came with a price, as he saw firsthand the toll that life on the road and in the ring could take on a pro wrestler's body and mind. Weary of the punishing lifestyle and backstabbing politics, he chose to do the unthinkable: walk away from professional wrestling at the peak of his career and break all ties with the organization that made him a star on the global stage. It was a move that stunned WWE executives and fans alike, and one that Brock himself has never fully explained—until now. Not one to stay quiet for long, Brock was soon back in the spotlight: this time in the UFC—home of the most dangerous mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Here he offers a behind-the-scenes look at his shocking decision to leave the wrestling entertainment business for a legitimate combat sport. From training to be a real fighter, to immediately being thrown into the Octagon against the UFC's best heavyweights, to the psychology behind his legendary trash-talking, Brock opens up about what it takes not only to succeed in the world's fastest-growing sport but to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He also speaks candidly about the illness that nearly killed him, how it changed him as a fighter and a man, and how it shaped his will to survive. In the end, Brock holds nothing back. A revealing, raw, and ultimately redemptive tale of Brock's determination and domination, Death Clutch is the untold true story of becoming one of life's true champions.

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    Death Clutch

    By Brock Lesnar, with Paul Heyman
    5.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.4 hrs • 10/28/2003 • Abridged

    He’s wrestled under many names, “Stunning” Steve Austin, The Ringmaster, he even wrestled for a time under his own name, Steve Williams. But to fans he is and will always be Stone Cold Steve Austin. His quick wit and colorful use of language combined with his everyman character captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Steve grew up in a small town in Texas. Always a fan of wrestling, Steve seized the chance to study wrestling at a school in Dallas. His ability to take the bumps and hard falls required by his new profession, and his never-say-die attitude, connected him with the fans and his fellow wrestlers. His capricious firing by the WCW, World Championship Wrestling, lead to his being hired by World Wrestling Entertainment. However, it was Steve’s own ability inside the ring and his quick-witted responses that lead to his becoming one of the most popular WWE superstars of all time. It seemed nothing could stop the Texas Rattlesnake, except himself. In 2001 Steve’s life seemed to spiral out of control and he walked away from it all. Now, with his triumphal return to the world of professional wrestling, he is finally ready to tell his story, his way. The Stone Cold Truth is an unvarnished take on his life, his loves, and his days as a wrestler told in a way that only he could, and you know it’s the truth “‘cause Stone Cold says so!”

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    The Stone Cold Truth

    2.4 hrs • 10/28/03 • Abridged
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