Have a Nice Day! Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Frankly, this literary critic didn't expect Mick Foley's memoir of his life as Mankind (and his other wrestling personas, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) to hit No. 1 on Amazon.com's hardcover non-fiction best-seller list in its first literary bout. Do we really need 500-plus pages of Foley's boasts? Yes. Foley gives his all for his calling and he burns to tell his adventures. Take the famous tale of how he lost most of his ear (the bloody result is depicted in the 16-page, colour photo section). It was in his 1994 bouts with Vader (Leon White), after getting a broken nose, a dislocated jaw and 21 stitches in the first match, that Foley did his "hangman" routine, wherein he catches his neck between the second and third ropes and spins them into a twist: "The end result is the illusion of a man being hanged by his neck while his body kicks and writhes in an attempt to get out ... the man actually is hanging by his neck and the body really does kick and writhe in an attempt to get out". Unfortunately, in the prior match, Too Cold Scorpio had had the officials tighten the ropes so Foley tore off his ear to avoid death by strangulation, like "a fox that chews off its paw to escape a trap". Foley also wrestles on 10,000-thumbtack mats with barbed-wire ropes and C-4 explosives and earns the ultimate compliment: "The fans really like the way you bleed". Many fans also like the way his gory story reads. --Tim Appelo, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Foley's hardcore account . . . Isn't for the faint of heart."--" Entertainment Weekly"Offers vivid descriptions and debunks myths . . . You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy--or at least learn something from [this book]"-- "Chicago Tribune"Mick Foley is a funny, intelligent, interesting man with a fascinating story totell." -- "LA Times"Engaging . . . Grabs the reader by the throat."--" Syracuse Post-Standard"THE BEST INSIDER LOOK AT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING EVER WRITTEN."-- "Trenton NJ Times"Captivating . . . Much more than a story about aprofessional wrestler . . . Honest, often hilarious andsometimes moving."-- "Richmond Times-Dispatch"Foley's humor alone makes 'Have A Nice Day!' a must read."-- "Daytona Beach News --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The book starts quite slowly with tales of Mick's early life which, whilst adding interesting colour to his later life, this probably isn't the reason that people are reading.
Once the book gets going, the style of writing is so easy to read and enjoyable. The stories certainly appear that they are from the heart and you can't help but admire Foley for the lengths he's gone to acheive his dreams. Quite frankly, I'd love to sit down with the guy and have a beer!
My real problem with the book (and the reason for not giving it 5 stars) is that when you get towards the end of the book it starts to read like a normal WWE book whereby very little is said about the "behind the scenes" issues and the detail all appears to be about his matches (which we can all watch for ourselves, we want to know about the things you can't see).
I suspect that given his status at the point of writing, and probably quite sensibly given how hard he's worked to get there, Foley appears to duck certain issues and pull his punches more than earlier in the book, which is a shame. I wasn't expecting any digs at Vinnie Mac and although there are a few in there, they are very much surface comments to try and gain credability as opposed to any real detail of certain issues.
The book is definantly worth reading, I just feel a little let down by the lack of behind the scenes detail in the later chapters.
Mick candidly tells you about his career in the ring from his first match in 1985 to 1999. This book was written around the time that Owen Hart fell to his death in May 1999 during a live event, and Mick movingly covers this in his book. This is not just about wrestling, it is about his entire life from the age of 18. It is a large book, which is fine because it's something you can read a section of over and over and still be entertained.
This book will lift the lid on how professional wrestling works and how Mick developed his characters for maximum success in this closely guarded world of wrestling.
A definate buy for anyone, not just wrestling fans.
Even if you don't care too much for the mat sport it is one man's tale of ambition and desire to make his mark, and it's both funny and touching. We get to find out the origins of Cactus Jack, Mankind & Dude Love and also learn about Mick the family man and although the result is pre determined in a match and the wrestlers discuss what they intend to do before a match he lets you know that the moves do hurt, not only the man in the ring, but also the family in the crowd.
A fantastic read, highly recommended & have a nice day.
I have never enjoyed a book so much as I have Mick Foley's and I was happy to see that he opted to write the book on his own terms rather than through a ghost writer like the other wrestling stars. The only time I put the book down was when the passage came up about the late Owen Hart, it was beautifully written and shared private moments, that we wouldn't have known about.
This book is both personal to the man who wrote it, and it becomes personal to you, as it seems like he is telling his life to you and only you.
I recommend this book to both wrestling fans, and those who say that they wouldn't be caught dead watching this "fake sport". Read inside of the covers, and you will realise it is more than just sports entertainment, it is a way of life, and one that many love. If you don't know of Mick Foley it is a chance to see inside of a man that many regard as a "God" in the world of wrestling, and see just why he is so loveable. He will make you think twice about this sport.
Both thumbs up, he has done himself proud with this book.
If they made a 10-star rating then this would earn it too !
For a wrestling fanatic who wants to know about the world of WWE then this is a great read. Foley takes you through his early years of wrestling and through to his first ever Heavyweight Title win. All this via ECW, WCW and other independant businesses.
He talks openly and frankly about relationships with other wrestlers, friends and foes, and even through an incident with The Rock that stopped hem from talking to one another for a very long time.
For a non-wrestling fan this is a again a great read. It teaches you that nothing is too far from your reach if you are HardCore enough to take it by the balls, and shove your face in its crotch !
Have A Nice Day !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely amazing.So much detail and a superb red for any wrestling fan.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
A heartfelt and honest story of the life of the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley.
You could tell that this was a book written from the heart and not a farmed out autobiography... Read more
I bought this when it first came out in the hardback edition which is actually signed by Mick himself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sheene1976
Had this book since I was 10 (am now 24!) and had only read a few pages when I first got it. I was never a fan of reading until recently. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Tullett
I’ve long been an avid reader, devouring books at a speed that has surprised friends and amazed colleagues in the past. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
A really good read whether you are a wrestling fan or not. Mick is a passionate, funny and surprisingly relatable guy given his life experiences.Published 20 months ago by Paul Boden
Terrific Autobiography on Mick Foley, the hardcore legend. No wonder it's New York times' best seller.Published 21 months ago by Mr M GJ Laker