Seven Deadly Sins

  • by Corey Taylor
  • Narrated by Corey Taylor
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early '90s, he threw himself into a fierce-drinking, drug-abusing, hard-loving, live-for-the-moment life. Soon Taylor's music exploded, and he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road.
His new and ever-more-extreme lifestyle had an unexpected effect, however; for the first time, he began to actively think about what it meant to sin and whether sinning could - or should - be recast in a different light. Seven Deadly Sins is Taylor's personal story, but it's also a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a "good" person or a "bad" one. Yes, Corey Taylor has broken the law and hurt people, but, if sin is what makes us human, how wrong can it be?

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What the Critics Say

"Fans of the heavy metal band Slipknot will eagerly devour its lead singer/songwriter Taylor's first book, which displays a prose that perfectly captures the supercharged energy, aggression, and outrageousness of Slipknot's music.... Powerful and moving." (Publishers Weekly)

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Such a raw story from a deeply interesting artist!

What did you love best about Seven Deadly Sins?

The sound of Corey Taylor's voice was the perfect way to experience this story. I appreciated the highs and lows, the truth, the savagery, and the sin. No one could narrate this story the same way!


What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and the outrageous, surreal scenarios.


What does Corey Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I could read this story over and over, but I am convinced that I would not get the same feel or the unique appreciation for the story if I hadn't had him to read it "to me". I wish he would have read it more like the spoken word though... Using the proper language doesn't seem like his real style. While he is artistic and eloquent, I just don't get the sense that he speaks without the use of contractions. At times, he would get excited and you could feel the essence of the part of the story he was recalling. That was the most genuine part of the story and I appreciated how some of the inner dialogue of the mind escaped and found its way into his prose.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each time he recalled his early youth, it made me so sad for him. His recollection was a testament to how people who experience violence in their childhood can remain a victim of it all their life or they can use it to heal and to change their lives. He is a dedicated parent and invested in the lives of his children to ensure that they will not endure the same nightmarish hardships he was subjected to by his ridiculous excuse for a mother.


Any additional comments?

I CANNOT WAIT for his next book. I hope he narrates it too. I wish I hadn't waited so long to be a fan but I will remain so for life!

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- Gizowarfum Fleepaflop "lognlilsmom"

Profusely Written and Narrated

Slipknot and Stone Sour were fixtures on rotation in the soundtrack of my late adolescence. Corey Taylor's powerful vocals and lyrics are rightfully exulted by fans, and even on the earlier Slipknot records, his experimentation with the musicality of language suggests an authentic feeling for the word.

It's no surprise, then, that Seven Deadly Sins suffuses musicality, penned with rhyming and rhythm that occasionally trespasses into verbosity. But even when Taylor is at his wordiest, his self-narration carries the listener along in a slipstream of kinetic prose. To be honest, I can't imagine a better way to experience Seven Deadly Sins than in audiobook.

Taylor obviously appreciates the craft of musical word-making. In this book, we learn that his appreciation transcends mere song writing, stepping into the realm of literature. Oh yes: Corey Taylor is a word nerd.

The craftsmanship of pen and voice on display is a treat, even if Taylor's riffing on the virtues of canonical sin is too fast and loose to resolve into an authoritative argument. This is not to say Seven Deadly Sins is bereft of tasty nuggets for thought. Through colorful and personal anecdotes drawn from an interesting life-in-progress, Corey Taylor gives plenty in return for the reader's attention.
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio