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The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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Chael Sonnen is the best trash-talker in all of sports.
Host of The Jim Rome Show
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
About the Author
CHAEL SONNEN is a mixed martial arts superstar, a compassionate Republican, a volunteer coach, and a former politician. He's a sociology graduate from the University of Oregon, where his relentless fighting style earned him numerous wrestling awards. Sonnen's brilliant, incisive, and unique viewpoints have made him a favorite of fans, fellow athletes, and lazy journalists. In his spare time, Sonnen tinkers with the particle accelerator he built in his basement.
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If you're looking for great insight into the life of an MMA fighter, look elsewhere. VERY little of the book is spent on this topic. If you're looking into how Chael Sonnen was brought up, lives his life, and trains for fights, I would say look elsewhere but I'm not sure you'd be able to find it. He gives a couple of stories about his upbringing and a couple of funny stories but not much else. In his last chapter, which is only a couple of pages long, he gives some insight into the emotions that go into the walkout, fight, and post-fight but it's detailed much better in other books.
If you're looking for casual reading while you're enjoying a beer and in the mood to listen to some harmless and tongue-in-cheek ranting. This may be for you!
Whatever I expected, I didn't get it. The book was a surprise beginning to end. Sonnen turned out to be likable, honest, and willing to talk about real feelings and emotions in a way that I did not expect. His description of travel, pre-fight preparations, his admission to fear and pre-fight jitters, all offset by his I-am-the-greatest bluster, make him a fun and surprisingly human author.
The topics covered by individual chapters are all over the map, each offering a new Sonnenesque view of UFC, politics, music, conservation, and even two hilarious pages dedicated to his own embarrassing gaffe at his cousin's wedding. Sonnen is highly opinionated and isn't afraid to offend, so you won't like everything he has to say. Be warned - this may not be the book for you if you are thin-skinned. If you can put that aside and spend a little time to get to know "Uncle Chael," you may just find you enjoyed the experience in spite of your expectations.
If you want to read a non politically correct version of one fighters take on life, money, fairness and sport this is your book.
Was a very quick read and I was a little disappointed in that, besides that, very entertaining read. Best book written by an mma fighter that's not about mma.
His crashed/abandoned career ended too soon, imho and Fox Sports just dumped him off his commentator gig. Too bad he was juiced up to perform that well, as are many MMA fighters and many of his past opponents were. He had/has the biggest MOUTH and trash talking in the industry and he exploits that well, even in written text. If you like MMA, him, or that "can't lose" attitude (false reality bravado), then you will probably love this tome. I loaned it to a friend who did not return it in a timely manner, as requested, so I couldn't resell it while he was still a competitor, or champ, or on top of his career. A shame. Yet he did not fall as hard or fast as other fighters (B. J. Penn, Ice Man Lidell, Couture, Brock Lesner, Forrest Griffin, etc.) CAUTION: Poor grammar zone, from someone who obviously thinks he's super intelligent, yet failed to master the fundamentals of language. An error on every page! (pokes ya in the eye)
Most recent customer reviews
It's a nice and quick book.
Some funny stories.
Nice present for a Chael fan.