Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

  • by Chuck Barris
  • Narrated by Chuck Barris
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Suspense, excess, danger and exuberant fun come together in Chuck Barris' unlikely autobiography - the tale of a wildly flamboyant 1970s television producer, better known as the infamous host of The Gong Show. What most people don't know is that Barris allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA.Barris, who achieved tremendous success as the creator and producer of hit TV game shows such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, claims to have joined the CIA as an agent in the early 1960s, infiltrated the Civil Rights Movement, met with militant Muslims in Harlem, and traveled abroad in order to kill enemies of the United States.Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is now a movie directed by and starring George Clooney, with Sam Rockwell as the author, but the original story is wild and gripping, spiced with intrigue, sex, bad behavior, and plenty of great one-liners. It is destined to become a classic.


What the Critics Say

"Though Barris' reputation as a wacky TV show host doomed this literary venture when it was originally published, it is in fact a remarkably well-crafted and entertaining book, both unflinchingly personal and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Twenty years later, it reads like a classic." (Publishers Weekly)


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Three Thumbs Up!

Barris blurs the lines between fact and fantasy and the result is an entertaining and often hysterical read. The book cleverly flips between Chucky-baby's recounting of his true life TV career, and a farcical tale of his secret life as a CIA assassin. The reader is left to his wits to figure out where one stops and the other begins. Mindless nonsense, no doubt, but I highly recommend it for its cleverness, humor and novelty.
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- Jim

Entertaining yet unlikely

Overall this is a very entertaing book event though many of the scenarios seem very unlikely. Unfortunately, this is an abridged version. The book is read by the author which adds quite a bit to the experience. It's worth the listen.
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- Arik

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-13-2002
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio