Michael Cavacini

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Audible Review: Hardcore History

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW is an excellent Audible Original. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring listeners the most thorough account possible of this bizarre company. As someone who has watched numerous documentaries about ECW, I learned a lot while listening to this audiobook. It provides an excellent, and sometimes detailed, overview of major events related to ECW and its various incarnations.

The narrator of this Audible Original has a pleasant voice, which makes for an enjoyable listen. However, as with many pro wrestling audiobooks, countless names are mispronounced by the narrator. It would have been nice if the quality control was better when it came to the narration because this book if filled with compelling content. In spite of this technical shortcoming, I highly recommend Hardcore History to fans of pro wrestling and ECW. It’s an interesting look back at a company that made an indelible imprint on the pro wrestling industry.

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