Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Chuck Barris

Narrated By: Chuck Barris

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2002

Duration: 5 hours 17 minutes

Summary:

Suspense, excess, danger, and exuberant fun come together in Chuck Barris's unlikely autobiography-the tale of a wildly flamboyant '70s televsion producer nationally know as the host of The Gong Show. What most people don't know is that Barris also spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA, claiming to have killed over thirty people.

Honestly.

Barris, who achieved tremendous success as the creator of the hit game show The Newlywed Game, joined the CIA as an agent in the early 1960s. He infiltrated the Civil Rights movement, met with militant Muslims in Harlem, and was sent abroad to kill enemies of the American state, even as his game shows began to soar to ratings success.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a wild and improbable tale spiced with intrigue, sex, bad behavior, and plenty of one-liners.

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  • Anonymous

    This was an amusing novel that for reasons of hype and marketing, was supposed to be autobiographical. Mr. Barris is a funny man with very amusing ideas. About 20% of the book recounts some true expereriences of the author. The rest is pure fantasy woven around a patina of some true events. You don't realize what the deal really is until the second or third page. After that its a running joke. I howled. This book is a game show of sorts as it plays with human foibles big time. What surprised me is how vulgar and cynical this man is, or has become. Mr. Barris laughs his way to another payday. In the process he reveals a depraved person with florid narcissism. I would not want to meet this guy in real life. Not because he is a killer. Only because he is a complete jerk.

  • Brad Zerkel

    Not good as fiction, not good as "autobiography". I never saw the movie, but can't imagine it's any better. If I could give it 0 stars I would.

  • Steve DeLeo

    Only listened to the first half.Compelling at first,but became fed-up with Barris' egomania,unbelievable storytelling and disregard for others. Gave me that waste of time feeling,like when you're sitting there listening to someone's endless gossip,not knowing how much is true.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    Interesting, but somewhat unbelievable. The story telling could have used some more details and/or description to make it more interesting.

  • Anonymous

    We enjoyed this book... Having a memorable 'character' like Barris makes the story simultaneously fantastical and utterly believable... aspects of any good conspiracy theory. He's adventurerous, funny, and ultimately believable. Rollicking good fun!