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

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  395 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The book that you are considering buying is nothing short of a VIP Pass to Enlightenment, written by the UFC's most infamous and feared destroyer of men—Chael P. Sonnen.

Backwoodsmen and unlearned folk call him the Walking Thesaurus. His contemporaries have bestowed upon him the title Sir Sonnen. And those dwelling in the forgotten, forlorn jungles south of the equator reve
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published May 13th 2012)
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Greg
In a recent review I rambled off some names of fighters who if they happened to write a book I would read immediately. Not keeping up on the publishing endeavors of the MMA world, I didn't realize that I'd have about two weeks to wait until one of those fighters mugs would be staring out at me from a face out in the sports section. With the embarrassment I always feel when I take a detour from the escalator to the sports section to grab the rare book that feels worth the ensuing feeling of being ...more
Edd
Attractive as an on-screen personality, not so much as a writer.

This is a hectic book just about everything he could think about and you're bound to disagree a lot with the man (the myth and the legend) with way too many try-hard jokes in there. Essentially this is Chael Sonnen's myspace blog that never happened. Some of it (as in, few) is funny, but a lot of it is, well..

just obnoxious. His take on politics especially, and not because I don't agree with him, but because of this "holier than tho
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Tyler
4/5

An important thing to consider before you read this, especially if you don't already know anything about the real Middleweight Champ, Chael P. Sonnen: he is one of those conservatives that shit talk the other side really really bad.

To avoid people saying that Liberals do the same, I say, "yes they do." Why am I bringing this up you ask? Because if you're a Liberal or just hate conservative views, this will anger you at times and you will see it as ignorant. I'm not a Liberal, but I don't agre
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Andrew
I was really looking forward to this book. I follow Chael's antics on youtube and twitter and am always highly entertained. He is certainly one of, if not the best, men on the mike in sports. His quick wit ensures that whether you catch him in an interview, q&a, or post-fight promo he will deliver the goods. Perhaps that is why I was somewhat let down by the book. I figured he would be able to really provide some good material since he had time to think it out a little more. Instead the book ...more
Artiom Karsiuk
Now, I am a huge Chael Sonnen fan and I also consider myself to be a decent pro-wrestling mark, so I have an overall understanding of Chael's gimmick and persona. He is no Rock, or Ric Flair, mind you, but in MMA he is one of the very few [and let me stress the word "VERY"] who understand marketing and the importance of making the public care for your fight. Having said that [and having given credit, where credit is due], this book was underwhelming. It was basically an amateurish attempt at sta ...more
Stout
It is no surprise to see that Chael Sonnen can write an interesting book. Anyone who follows his UFC career understands his ability to craft his words in order to deliver a scathing post-fight speech or prefight banter to hype a fight. The book was brief, but entertaining. The text is a walkthrough of his prefight ritual with other random thoughts and observations scattered throughout. Given his ability to tell a story, I would have preferred much more content as this text is much too short. The ...more
Daniel Namie
“The reason they seem so average is that they don’t care, and more to the point, they don’t see a reason to care. The moment you give a kid a reason to give a darn, you have opened the door to his infinite potential.”

Chael Sonnen—The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment

Chael Sonnen’s quote was written in his book entitled “The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment.” From the title alone, the reader can deduce the proses will be the rumblings of a narcissistic, self-absorb, arroga
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Elia
One of my favorite fighters writes a book, not an autobiography, a book about whatever the hell he wants. It feels like a series of blogs really as the chapters are so disconnected and run the gamut from how we should treat terrorists to his great wrestling coach to why he thinks Godfather is just ok (blasphemy). Now Chael P (for Perfection) Sonnen is not my favorite fighter because he's the best fighter of all time but because he's not afraid to make UFC entertaining and he's not afraid to spea ...more
Gary Braham
Chael Sonnen is one of the most interesting fighters in the UFC. Some people love him, others hate him. I find him hillarious. He likes to push peoples buttons, and just has a really interesting sense of humor. In the tradition of people like Andy Kaufman, or even Borat, you can't quite tell if what you are watching is an act, or even if it's funny. I would suggest looking up "The animated tales of Chael Sonnen" on youtube, or even his interview with CSC where he walked off the set. He's also an ...more
Mark Ruzomberka
Even after reading, I can not get a good read on this guy. I am just never sure when he is being genuine and when he is in fight promotion mode. This theme carries over from those that know him from TV via as a Fighter, Coach, or Analyst. Chael is clearly a smart guy when it comes to the topic of wrestling, and fighting, and even comedy. I even tend to agree with him when it comes to most of his ideas and his politics, but sometimes I think he goes too far for a laugh. But, that is the downside ...more
Lyra
I wanted to rate this 2.5, but that's not possible. If you're at all familar with Chael Sonnen you'll know what to expect from this book. He gives his opinions on everything from proper walk-out music to why wrestling is the best sport ever. He also explains (in very ambiguous terms) a couple of his more recent controversies (TRT use, money laundering). He also talks about how he's now expected to entertain with everything he says and his process for doing so (including the book). There's nothin ...more
David


An unfortunate result of a work from the best trash-talker in modern sport.

Chael is clearly trying his best to troll not just MMA fans but also those of a non-conservative nature. He attempts to make up for this by tugging on various heart strings, acting as humble as can be, however all of these emotions and opinions that you find within come off as forced and terribly contrived.

It's an average semi-biographical sports book, but so much of the humor feels so pushed on you that it's hard to rea
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Miranda Diaz
Random ass book about Chael's opinions on everything from Native Americans, to how the fight with Anderson Silva should've been called earlier, to his thoughts on Obama. Of course, with plenty of Chael-isms thrown in for good measure.

This book amounts to verbal diarhhea on a host of random topics, and I generally like Chael and find him amusing. Too much generalizing about groups he doesn't like, and complete lack of accountability for those he does. Like his own money laundering scheme or Nixo
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Robert Risher
Hmm...I've been a bit confused as to what I should say about this book. It's witty, it's interesting, it's entertaining. It's the closest thing I've read that compares to Forrest Griffin's initial laugh-out-loud work on the heels of UFC success. Although...it doesn't seem to hold the same hysterically funny content. It is an insightful look at "ways of the world", it has unlimited catchy one-liners,and it even has several mving scenes where you can tell the writer works from the heart. There jus ...more
Curtis
A simple fun read that gives you a bit of insight into the mind of a great Mixed Martial Artist. His chapter on his money laundering conviction really sheds light on his sudden personality change in the MMA world.
Peter Weinstein
As an MMA fighter, Chael Sonnen is known for his grinding, slow, wrestling based fights. Many MMA fans and pundits consider him to be a "boring" fighter. That is not the case with his writing ability. As showcased with his pro-wrestling style interviews, Sonnen is able to be witty and serious at the same time. This is shown multiple times throughout the book, as Sonnen expresses his political views, fighting style, and relationships with his family and friends. Whether you are a die hard MMA (or ...more
Praetorian
Chael is far more entertaining to listen to than to read, it appears. I'm a fan of his, and I expected a lot more. Very forgettable. GSP's book is far better.
Brad West
Hilarity ensues as it tends to with Sonnen. The overall story of the book could be better, but the stories Sonnen tells are worth a read.
Dan Legroulx
I'm a huge chael fan but this was hard to read. No real purpose or direction. A lot of adjectives can't replace substance.
Xavier Taylor
As a devoted fan of Chael Sonnen(R), I could not wait to get my hands on his book. Sadly, it disappointed. It is extremely light weight, and at times reads like a section on someone's myspace page circa 2006, or perhaps a poorly prepared blog.

There are, characteristically, moments of humour and biting wit, but they are spread too thin.

Purchase this book only if you consider yourself a true Sonnen fan - you will be able to finish it under half an hour, and you will have a few laughs. For anyone
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Geoff
Love him or hate him, Sonnen is a smart guy that deserves to be taken seriously...when he is being serious. In this book, Sonnen shares his opinion on Nixon, work ethic, what it means to be a man, The Godfather, terrorists, walk out songs, etc. What I liked most about this book is that it showed where Sonnen comes from and how much hard work it has taken to get him where he is. This is as a direct result of his father and wrestling coaches.

This is a quick read and there's enough solid material
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Kelly Crigger
Chael's musings range from the mentor's who made him a man to the pre-Indian War Americas to the rise of the WWF to the most fraudulent bands of all time (Metallica and Aerosmith) to the greatest President of all time, Richard Nixon. Sounds like an LSD trip, but in fact it's a look into the mind of one of the sharpest guys you'll ever read. You might think from the cover that you're buying a biography by an athlete, but what you're really purchasing is a manifesto on the way things ought to be t ...more
Michael Wade
This book changed my life, and the way I view it. It will be hard for me to respect another man as much as I respect Chael Sonnen.
Shindasingh
The life of Chael, sarcastically told with the same wit that he takes with him into press conferences. Careful not to delve too deep into any emotional personal areas, outside of his relationship with his father, but that maybe the purpose of the entire thing. There is no fancy mythology or mytho's behind the man, no fancy legacy or pedigree, but rather the son of a blue collar man who fights and has opinions on the world.
Jennifer
I struggled to keep reading to the end- not because it was poorly written, but because I hold a different opinion on various topics he discussed. I enjoyed being able to ponder a different viewpoint, especially one so descriptive and true to the author. One of the reasons I like him as a fighter is his bold honesty and you definitely get that from his book.
Maria
holy shit, chael, you are something. the last chapter was beautiful, so was the description of why walk-out music should be.

chapel also gave one of the best high level succinct descriptions of what a particle collider is that have ever read. that was all kinds of awesome.

I skipped the politics chapter since I wasn't interested in a republican manifesto.
Rodrigo
Awesome piece of art.

Chael's truly a master of words, the book has a lot of surprises and basically tells you how he manages to overwhelm us on every interview, hints which books to read, an awesome mixture of self help/biography/history/politics/comedy book.

Simply brilliant.

i almost gave it 4 because it was too short but overall pretty good.
Jason
I must admit that I had no clue who Chael Sonnen was. I just thought the beginning of the book, as I glanced at it in the library, was pretty funny and reminded me of a friend I know. It was a very quick read and gives you a little insight into the world of UFC but moreso the opinions of Sonnen about everything from movies to fighting styles.
Brad Larsen
I feel about this book like I feel about Chael Sonnen--there's a good guy in there with good insights and really interesting self reflection, but all of that good is buried underneath the schtick. Sometimes it's worth putting up with the act to get the insight, sometimes not.
Jeff Knight
Not a big fan of this book. Some parts were interesting, but his neo-con politics really turned me off. He fails to realize that, these days, democrats and republicans are the same thing. Should have left out all of the politics stuff.
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