Killing Yourself to Live

  • by Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of 21 days, Chuck had three relationships end, one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.


What the Critics Say

"A treat for the adventurous." (Booklist)
"Klosterman has clearly established that he has a potent voice all his own." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Good, But Not What I Expected

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't what I expected from the editor's description. This is a memoir. It's not just about rock n' roll and death, it's about the love life of Chuck Klosterman (and I'm not quite sure why he doesn't narrate this book).

I enjoy Chuck's personality. His references to the music he listens to and relates to are sometimes obscure, but always fantastic.

However, listeners/readers ought to know that rock n' roll is the relatively quiet backseat friend in this story. It's really you and Chuck riding up front.
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- Lori

Chuck is better read by Chuck

No offense to the narrator, but once you've listened to Chuck Klosterman read Chuck Klosterman, nothing else really compares. I've read this book before and just wanted to go over it again but had to stop it. It felt a little like my dad narrating the book... the sarcasm wasn't in the right places. Check out IV or Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs instead if you haven't already.
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- Chad C. Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio