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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Klosterman Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 spanof twenty-one 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.

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  • “Klosterman is nothing if not articulate about music, and his light, humorous touch often reveals meatier themes and revelatory insights about not only music but also life and death, particularly his own life. Reading Klosterman is like sitting in a bar with a good friend. It’s fun, but when it’s time to leave, it’s time to leave.”


  • “In a voice and style that are appropriately hip, Patrick Lawlor flawlessly captures the sarcastic tone and dry humor found in this wild adventure.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/19/2014

    " Funny at times and always well written, but what I like most is that it will forever remind me about HOW NOT TO BE. Klosterman's narcisistic point-of-view strikes a chord with me, and I plan on going back to this book often when I feel my self slipping back into the world of self-importance. It is the perfect antidote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 2/15/2014

    " Killing Yourself to Live is not a fantastic book (Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs is a better choice) overall but his obsessive nature and overly honest attitude to just about everything is pretty amusing, particularly the chapter where he compares every girl he's ever loved to the members of KISS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Zebrowski | 2/1/2014

    " This was the first book I have read by Klosterman. It has the set-up to be quite a good book, it is centered around a road trip to places where famous musicians have died. Generally I really like road trip books, generally they meander between situation observations pertaining to the trip and maybe some tangential musings. This book does deliver on that, there were things that made me laugh and things that made me think. But overall it really comes up short. Klosterman gets far off topic at times and makes way too many broad arguments that he backs up with absurd logic and presents as a sort of real life truth. I did agree with some of his points and enjoyed some of the narrative but overall it would have been a lot better without the pretentious "truth telling" obscure music related analogies and the inability to stay on topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jordan | 1/30/2014

    " A good read for music fans but less about music than the life of a music critic on a roadtrip. "

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