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The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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I've never seen anything like it. He's the best thing since Muhammad Ali
"Over the course of the last few years Chael Sonnen has become one of the most divisive figures in mixed martial arts. The outspoken middleweight is beloved by some and reviled by others, to find an MMA fan without an opinion on Sonnen is virtually impossible…For those that are already fans of Sonnen this book will be a must read. For those that, shall we say, are less than enamored by Mr. Sonnen, this book will provide a glimpse below the surface, exposing the reader to a man that is much more than the one he presents when he is standing in front of a camera with a microphone in his hand."—BleacherReport.com
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It's quotes like these that dive deep:
An old wrestling coach of mine once told me something brilliant, and it applies to every fight I've won and, sadly, every fight that I've lost: "Chael, you can tell when a guy breaks." And you can, even (nay, especially) when it's you.
You're never ready. You prepare. You train.Read more ›
I'll be quite frank, right off the bat. As someone that is more than well aware of Chael and his day-to-day "persona", I figured I might have some misgivings about him writing a book. As luck would have it, I found myself on the receiving end of it irregardless, and was pleased that I took the time to sit down and read it.. in under two days.
You read that right - "in under two days". I'm an admitted bookworm from time to time, but rarely do I plow through a book quite like that... which is to say: This, believe it or not, is a page turner. Where you might expect to be picking up another about-and-sort-of-written-in-the-voice-of-the-athlete book is where you'll end up being wrong. YES, there is Promotional Chael in this book. But above and beyond anything you might expect, there is also reminiscent Chael, sociologist Chael, social media Chael, politician Chael, coach Chael, student Chael, fighter Chael, and most pointedly: Human Chael. But if it's not a "biography", then what is it? I'll not throw around the "manifesto" description, as it's already heavily in rotation, but will simply point out that it is essentially a collection of essays. Thought-out observations, if you will. A look inside the mind of a man that normally spends his time showing a caricature of himself rather than his inner monologue? Yes, absolutely.
Sparing an extensive chapter-by-chapter review here (you should probably just buy the book, eh?), I'll say this: MMA fans will certainly enjoy their time spent reading this book. Non-MMA fans will enjoy it just as much (and maybe even more than?) the diehard fans. At the end of the day, "Voice of Reason" is a hilariously fun and interesting read that (surprisingly) has something for everyone.Read more ›
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I thought this was an autobiography. Maybe I should have read a little more about it first. That was my only disappointment with it, otherwise it was an entertaining read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chuck
Good ,short read. If you aren't familiar with Chael or his style of humor this book might come across as a bit egotistical, but that's is his character. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R.Kittson
some fun stuff in here but a lot of super conservative twisted rationale that really turns the reader offPublished 10 months ago by cody
Cheal is a mouth with plenty of knowledge. just saying it like it is. very interesting read and an eye opener. im a fan of his fighting and his antics. Read morePublished 12 months ago by devin rodriguez
The book is good. Thought it would be funnier. When you read it, it reads better if you imagine it in Chael's voice.Published 15 months ago by Michelle Desmarais