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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,706 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Mustaine Narrator: Tom Wayland Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he’s bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.

Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.

Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.

Mind-bending religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.

Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.

Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.

Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).

Near-death experience? Check that one, too.

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That’s how lucky he’s been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here’s the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it’s there.

Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star—founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal—Mustaine’s is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entirely awesome.”

    Washington Post

  • “Dave Mustaine’s memoir is the narrative of a struggling, hard-won music career. It is also the story of survival, redemption, and faith…Transcending simple religion and music, Mustaine’s Heavy Metal Memoir will leave you moved and inspired.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “[Mustaine’s] memoir is honest, certainly—and not without that trademark bite—but there is also considerable maturity in his words.”


  • “One of metal’s most fascinating figures…A blast to read.”

    Metal Injection

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bree | 2/10/2014

    " Utterly ridiculous. Highly entertaining. One of the best comedy books I've ever read. "

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

    " I'm not an enormous fan of biographies, even those by people who I am a fan of, and Dave Mustaine's A Life in Metal could not fit in this category more. I have been a fan of Megadeth for over a decade and picking up this book was obviously an attempt to squeeze out a little extra backstory to this man's remarkable life and career. Although a well-written book, with all the black humour and you'd expect from such a unique and successful person, it still seems a little thin on the ground. Perhaps I approach biographies expecting too much detail, but whole years go by that are completely skipped over, largely due to the book's almost unavoidable reliance on the career of Mustaine's band, Megadeth as a guide. The and the book's overly linear timeline could have been shaken up to make the book seem less cyclical, recording/tour/rehab cycle could be refreshed. The sum of this is a book that, like most biographies, will hardly be of interest to anyone outside his admittedly large fanbase. I cannot imagine that Mustaine planned to reach far outside of this, but the man is clearly of great intelligence and has an interesting story to tell, so a little more creativity on behalf of his ghost-writer could have worked wonders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/27/2014

    " It was ok/ pretty good. I have read better rock and roll memoirs and biographies though. I can't really put my finger on what made the others better. I can give you tons of recommendations for really good ones if that's your thing though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven | 1/26/2014

    " good read, but I am not a fan of the style in which it was written. it's almost like Dave dictated it to someone during a series of interviews. if you have ever seen or heard interviews with mr. mustaine, he speaks exactly how it is written. words no one uses, stroking his own ego, etc. "

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About the Author
Author Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as the founding father of Thrash Metal, almost singlehandedly created the enduring multiplatinum style that launched both Megadeth and Metallica into the public’s consciousness. From 1985’s Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good to the most recent Endgame, with more than twelve album releases with Megadeth, Mustaine has left a legacy of music that has been described as everything from poignant to insightful to angry to ironic. Megadeth earned eight Grammy nominations and six platinum certifications. Mustaine lives in San Diego County, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Wayland is a voice actor, producer, and director who has produced and/or directed hundreds of anime programs such as Now & Then, Here & There, Ichi the Killer, Mew Mew Power, and GI Joe and currently serves as the voice director on the hit series Pokémon. Tom is also a very busy voice actor having appeared in hundreds of titles currently airing on Cartoon Network, Fox, WB, Nickelodeon and others.