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The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Great collection of funny & insightful essays & anecdotes!

    I read this in 2 sittings (Thanks for keeping me up til 4am. Chael!)Finishing a 220 page book in 2 sittings should certainly give you a hint that it's immensely readable.

    If you look at the page for the book, you don't really get any sense of what it's about. It kinda sounds like Chael's version of a self-help book. You'd also expect it to be about Chael and about MMA. Ummm... kinda but not really.

    It starts off with Chael describing what it's like leading up to a fight -the grueling and often mundane and irritating logistics of it. That is: packing; airport parking and security; worrying whether your cornermen have packed important things like your mouthpiece or just brought dozens of pairs of focus mitts (apparently cornermen are gaga over focus mitts); the hotel; the weigh-ins; and so-on. Of course it's done with plenty of Sonnen-esque pull-no-punches wit and humor.

    The next chapter recounts the life-long lessons that Chael's school wrestling coach taught him -namely that you don't make excuses and you fulfill your obligations and if you say you're going to do something, you do it at all costs. It's good stuff -funny and inspirational. So, you begin to think, "Okay. This is an autobiography. That's cool." ...And then comes the chapter extolling Richard Nixon as one of the greatest presidents and, to be fair, Chael makes plenty of valid, intelligent points -perhaps a bit overstated but that can be forgiven since it's contrary to the stock opinions you usually hear about "Tricky Dick". But this seems kind of a strange detour in this "autobiography".

    As the book goes on, you get Chael's opinion on all sorts of topics from the self-serving, self-righteous narcissism that "ChaCha" thinks drives most liberals to why The Godfather films were over-rated and a list of better films from the era. Here's a chapter on good and bad walk-out songs, here's one on a prank that his roommate played in college, here's one on his money-laundering charge... Okay. This is not an autobiography and this is not a self-help book and this is not really about MMA. It's a collection of essays by Chael P. Sonnen.

    So, now that I've figured out that it is a book of collected essays, how are those essays? They're awesome of course. However, if you're hoping for a book that's just about MMA or a bio of Chael Sonnen, you may be disappointed. It's more about Chael's opinions than it's about Chael. That's not to say there aren't parts about MMA and the life of a fighter- he talks about his fight with Anderson, he breaks down various Martial Arts and surmising that they're all, to varying degrees, silly and worthless except for wrestling -of course. He gets into his TRT issues with the CSAC. But MMA related content probably only makes up roughly half the book. And that's also not to say you don't get a little more insight into Chael as a person. His opinions reveal some of what makes him tick and there are some moments of him recounting embarrassing moments and a touching recounting of some of the values that his late father taught him. But you're not going to get a soul-bearing autobiography of the man behind the man.

    Maybe you don't care what Chael thinks about Nixon or The Godfather films, or the occupy movement or walk-out music. Well, then maybe this book isn't for you. But if you have interests beyond MMA and you enjoy hearing Chael's articulate and entertaining perspective on things, then you should definit

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Loved this Book and i hate reading. That should tell you somethi

    Loved this Book and i hate reading. That should tell you something ;). I read this book in two sittings. It was enjoyable, made you think, and was incredibly inspiring. It's a must have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    After UFC 148 last week, Chael really should change the name of

    After UFC 148 last week, Chael really should change the name of his book to: "Voice Silenced! A VIP Pass To How To Lose The Biggest Moment Of Your Life & Looking Like A Clown While Doing It!!!"

    That aside, this guy is the last guy on the planet to look to for imparting life lessons. Anyone who takes trash talking to levels that cross into blatant racist comments like saying Brazillian kids love playing in the mud or joking about the level of poverty that exists in that country, dragging another man's family into your crosshairs just to get a rise out of him & talking about hitting women on the butt & ordering them to fix them dinner as if this were still the dark ages is far from being an ideal role model for others. Alot of people abroad unfortunately already have a negative picture of our beloved country & this s.o.b. is just reenforcing that negative preception about us with his disgusting egomaniacal behavior & comments for all the world to see on live TV. Guys like him are also the reason why some countries & states like New York continue to wrongly view the fantastic sport of MMA as thugs participating in human cockfighting & thus refuse to sanction it.

    If you're a Chael fan, hey you won't bother with this review. This is a free country after all & that's ok. But if you're not or a just a non-MMA person looking for a interesting new read. Avoid at all costs. If you never heard of this guy, watch & read some of his comments first before so much as picking this up! I'm just glad I got to see him eat his words once & for all twice!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Comical Brilliance

    Chael delivers in his book, The Voice of Reason. A must read for all MMA fans, Conservative voters, and hard -working Americans. 10/10.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    A Must buy for all Chael fans !

    A Must buy for all Chael fans !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Cha cha, the man, the myth, THE MOUTH

    You don't need me to tell you, you should read this book, you should just know it, now read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Enjoyable and quite funny

    Funny book that helps you look at current events through the eyes of ChaCha!

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Greatest book of all time.

    Chael P. Sonnen, undefeated and undisputed Middleweight champion.

    Nothing else needs to be said.

    Buy this book now. MEDIUM RARE!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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