I Am Ozzy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This audiobook includes an interview with Ozzy Osbourne from 2009.
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 60, with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and California, 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. 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.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 20 minutes|
|Narrator||Ozzy Osbourne, Rupert Farley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 March 2020|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 229 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Heavy Metal Music (Books)
2 in Biographies of Composers & Musicians
6 in Individual Directors
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So he tries to incorporate a little of everything in "I Am Ozzy," a rough'n'tumble autobiography full of all the embarrassing, unflattering, sometimes bizarre details of his life. It takes awhile to get used to his rambling style, but these stories have an unpolished brand of charm... and he's undoubtedly had an interesting life.
John "Ozzy" Osbourne was born into a working-class, impoverished British family, had a miserable stint at school, and seemed destined for "manual labor or manual labor." Instead, he went to prison.
Fortunately for Black Sabbath fans, that isn't where the story ends. After hearing the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, he became enamored of the rock'n'roll life... albeit a darker, weirder side than the hippie-dippie stuff that was popular at the time. And after a few failed bands, he got into a true, brilliant band that was later named Black Sabbath, hated by critics and much beloved by music fans.
He got married, had sex with groupies (in that order), went on Top of the Pops, encountered satanic freakfans, and produced a slew of albums with Black Sabbath. Lots of booze and drugs. As you'd expect, both he and the band started spiralling out of control. But after quitting it, he got involved with his future second wife Sharon, and launched out on a new life of music, madness, sex, dove-biting, bat-biting and -- most horribly -- reality TV.
Honestly, I didn't much care for "I Am Ozzy" during the first few chapters. The combination of a misspent youth and Osbourne's rambling style gave me a bit of a headache. But after awhile, his life story starts to grow on you -- his stories became funnier and more bizarre (how he almost killed a vicar with a hash cake) and his meandering way of recounting the past begins to flow more easily.
And since this is Ozzy Osbourne, he's got a LOT of freaky stories, so the book feels like sitting down and listening to the old guy natter about the Bad Ol' Days. Some are filthy, some are crazy, and some are just plain hilarious (`There's this incredible new thing. It's American and it's called pizza!"). And he writes in a rough-hewn, unpretentious style that meanders all over the place, but has charm.
Of course, it's got the F-word sprinkled through it hundreds and hundreds of times. What else would you expect?
And to his credit, Osbourne is unafraid to admit to the uglier parts of his life -- he was a burglar, he fired shotguns at small animals, and he cheated on Wife #1, as well as other sundry regrets. He's also pleasantly down-to-earth about his music, even when people didn't like it or didn't get it ("Are you sure they didn't make a mistake, son?" "What d'you mean?" "This cross is upside down").
It took a little while to grow on me, but "I Am Ozzy" ends up being an R-rated funride through the nasty world of rock and drugs -- the good, the bad, and the really gross.
Top reviews from other countries
A loveable rogue? That wild Uncle we all avoid but whose outrageous lifestyle we secretly love to boast about? Dangerous? Or just the fun guy with an addictively adventurous outlook on life? Whatever you think of Ozzy Osbourne, he's certainly a force of nature and this book provides a real insight into a world so many of us think we know about but few have experienced. A living legend - by the skin of his teeth!
There are several things about it that make it a superb read. Firstly it's ruthlessly honest - there are absolutely no heroes in this book. Secondly, the insight it gives you into the world of Rock n Roll away from the gig, and thirdly Ozzy is naturally funny - you can't help but laugh at his quips.
Aside from great entertainment I took away the realisation that I'd much rather listen to great rockers than be any of them.
I thoroughly recommend this riveting read.
It’s real, it’s true, it ain’t pretty in some places.
I’ve laughed till my tummy hurt and I had tears running down my face , I’ve heaved, cringed, cried. I think I had every emotion you could have. Always been a huge Ozzy fan and this book just made me love him even more. If your easily offended do not read this book.
Like many other people reviewing this book, I'm fanatical of both Black Sabbath and Ozzy, and I believe they created some of the most wonderful and powerful music in Rock, the first six Black Sabbath albums being quite simply the Old Testament of Heavy Metal. Obviously, I read this book with great antecipation, but I have to say that all in all I was disapointed. 'I Am Ozzy' is genuinly funny, mostly opened and frank, and I had a lot of loud laughs, as Ozzy is the personification of crazyness and r'n'r excess, and his life story is trully unbelievable. However, after a while, the constant drug and alcohol excesses become tiresome, revealing a too egotistical and shallow human being, capable of atrocities against animals, and a brainless and reckless behaviour that shows little concern towards the people he is supposed to love the most. A few times he is called by people he enraged 'an animal', and saddly the reader has the discomfortable feeling that the thing isn't funny anymore and this accusation somehow rings true. I incondionally love his solo albums, some of them trully Metal masterpieces, so I find it awkward and difficult to connect the fabulous interpreter (and partially creator) of this music with the man portraited in the book.
Other problem that I have with 'I Am Ozzy' is that it barely speaks of the music, opting again and again for the endless descriptions of alcohol and drug stupors, wich actually make it very dificult to believe that the man is still alive and kicking. There are also other chapters in his story that are completely missing, like his former drummer Randy Castillo, others are too biased, like the reference to Ronnie James Dio, and a fantastic album like 'No Rest For the Wicked' isn't even mentioned...
All in all, a light and fun reading, but there are too many things lacking, and I'm sorry to say that, although I'll forever be a fan of the music in wich he was envolved, my admiration for him as a man has diminished a lot, because the reader is left with the feeling that Ozzy comes across this book as a fool jester with un unbelievable luck. Wich I have to say I don't believe, because he is a terrific singer and a wonderful musician, so it's a shame that Ozzy choosed to write only about his wild side, instead of enlightning the positive sides of his life and career.