Sep 22, 2012

Review: Corey Taylor - Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good

• Pub Date: September 26, 2011
• Publisher: Tantor Audio
• Format: Audio book, 7hr 16min
• Age Range: Adult
• Source: Library

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?

Seriously.. this is my favorite book of this year. Non-fiction at least. Corey Taylor is an effing hilarious genius. His arguments for all the reasons why the seven deadly sins shouldn't be what they are currently are brilliant. And his justifications for what should actually be the real seven deadly sins are rather enlightening. I will not spoil a thing for you as to what he posits they should be. All you need to know is that, while this book is actually informative, biographical, and opinionated, you will laugh at least half the time and actually learn something, even if it's just about Taylor's life. He's definitely an interesting man, and he's grown quite a bit.

While I enjoy his music, I never thought it was particularly well written. This book, however, is very, very well done. It's obvious that he knows what a thesaurus is (not just because he actually mentions one in the book), and he is just really well spoken. Also, he narrates the audio book version. This is how I enjoyed this masterpiece, and he's seriously one of the best male narrators I've ever listened to. His voice is perfect for a job of that nature. He's funny, charismatic, and dramatic at all the right times. This is just a freaking awesome audio book!

Bottom line: Check this out if you aren't easily offended. He reads it, and it's awesome!!


5/5 book sharks!!

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