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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,996 ratings  ·  160 reviews
The #1 bestseller and fastest selling autobiography of all time, "Private Parts, " will be released on March 14 as a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures and Rysher Entertainment. This is the event Stern's millions of fans have been waiting for. Yes, The King of All Media is back, letting it all hang out in his outrageous new movie. And here is the book that tracks ...more
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published 1993 by Simon & Schuster
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HFK
I will confess right off the bat that I haven't listened Howard Stern's broadcasts during my 34 years on this planet. It is partly explained by not being an American, but also by that I haven't felt any desire to check out those awesome Youtube collections that gathers all the glorious media history for the late bloomers such as me. I haven't watched any TV-shows from Stern either, but I have devoured the movie version of Private Parts in the late 90's, which really makes it quite impossible to ...more
Evan
I'm a Stern fan to the point that I have archives on disc of most of the radio shows going back through most of the 90s and some before that. Yet, I had never taken the time to read Howard's book. Most of the stories in this book will be familiar to longtime fans. I have to say I enjoyed Robin's autobiography a lot more than this; it is much better written and far more thoughtful and insightful. Nonetheless, there were many times I found myself laughing out loud at Howard's tome, especially when ...more
Neil
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been an incorrigible Stern fan since my early teenage years, when I tried to impress my older brother by finding him funny; eventually, I really did. But for a brief and glorious two-month free trial of Sirius recently, I haven't listened to him in his satellite era, yet that fleeting reunion made me remember how much I like him. I saw this book at a thrift shop and thought it was worth a few bucks.

It surprised me how perfectly it captures Stern's voice. I had no expectations about the pros
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Laurie V
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I did this all out of order. The first time I'd ever heard of Howard Stern was when I saw the film version of Private Parts in 1997 with some friends who were fans. I then read Miss America soon after it was published, again not knowing much about Howard. Fast forward to 2010 -- I'm now a Sirius radio subscriber and daily listener of Howard's show. Because of this, I thought it was about damn time I finally sat down and read Howard's great literary achievement.

I liked Miss America a lot better t
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Eva Leger
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Howard Stern fans
Recommended to Eva by: I just like Stern
I picked this up to read on a whim. I got the book from a friend months ago and wasn't planning on reading it right away- I thought it'd be years before I actually started it. Then I just grabbed it one morning when I stuck on about three or four other books I just couldn't get into.
I started flying through these pages. I think you have to already find Howard Stern funny to like this though. There are scores of people who would be highly offended by even the "mild" stuff he says here. By even t
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Tim Reisner
Read 10 or 15 years ago after enjoying the film many times. Works better as a film in my opinion.
The Badger
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh... It seemed as if Howard was trying way too hard to be interesting.
Patrick Michael
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of my favorite books I have ever read. Many times I have had to put the book down over the years because I am laughing so hard.
Adam Helsel
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I, like many of my peers, became a Stern Show fan in the mid/late-90s in my adolescence. “Private Parts” came out in 1993 making it a little before my time. I am a huge Stern Show fan but as for Stern himself i am lukewarm at best. The homophobia, arrogance, and flirting with racism are all accessories to the main crime of Stern being unfunny at best and annoying at worst in “Private Parts”. These things don’t just shine through in “Private Parts”, they blind the reader.

I considered this book r
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Cindy   Brown
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was born in 1990 and grew up hearing all about how horrible and disgusting Howard Stern was. As a child, I had no idea what the hell he was talking about or why is was so bad. My parents never gave me an explanation, just a 'he's scum' when I asked. As an adult, I now have a certain level of respect for the man.
I know this book was published twenty plus years ago but it still holds a lot of value and truth about the world we live in. The FCC and government are still censoring and controlling
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Gerardo Vega
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to warn you people, stay away if you aren't a fan of The King of all Media. I loved this book but I know is because I'm a Super fan, I think only a Stern listener will understand the references and dedications for this book. It was really interesting to find out how Howard stern got started and what he had to go through to become the King! And how he met his wife Allison and how he met Robin and Fred. I was really engaged, some rants I could have lived without but then again It's Howard S ...more
Aydan Schlaffman
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private Parts was a great book to read, as it was very entertaining, but also informative of some of the life of Howard Stern. As a big Howard Stern fan, I was very fortunate to get a hold of this book. The book had me laughing all the way through. This book consists of interviews from the Howard Stern Show, articles, pictures, information on his life, and how he got to where he was, and also his opinions on certain people and concepts. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Ho ...more
Steve Bloom
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was what expected and more. It's all about the King of All Media. I remember reading it in the Albuquerque airport years ago when I was waiting for my mom and my sister. I have never started laughing out loud in public before. It's a genuine story that really personifies Howard Stern in a well presented manner.
Maki Vano
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this before I heard Howard. After I heard Howard, he sounds exactly like the voice in the book.
Matthew Stetz
Stuff on the comedians was hilarious. Especially Kinison and Andrew Dice Clay.
Deanna Mackenzie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a laugh-out-loud-when-you-are-by-yourself kind of funny! The contrast in showing tender, emotional moments in his life made it all the more enjoyable.
Ethan
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Mhidoz
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The funniest most erotic experience I've ever had with a book. If you've read it you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It was so hilarious, obscene and mostly kinky to the point that I wanted to fuck it for god's sakes, literally!! I’ll get to that later. I would never have thought that I will come to like this book this much. I picked it up randomly at a bookstore. I remember when I first laid eyes on it; I didn’t think it was going to be any good but it turned out to be by far the funnie ...more
L
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Great book, my aunt is the Chapter 5 model.
Dave Lundy
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious!!
candy
i was late jumping on the stern bandwagon, so this book is an interesting way to catch up on the history of how this formerly outcasted, underappreciated, racey radio show host from long island overcame the odds, becomming a millionaire by creating an empire and turning into what some consider a revolutionairy icon by changing the paradigm of talk radio. i don't want to put him on a pedestal, but i find his story worth reading. this book may seem long considering its girth, but the font is big ...more
Dan
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the beach over the course of a few days. It's definitely a quick and fairly mindless read. I used to be a fan of Howard when he had his TV show on CBS and was on terrestrial radio in NYC. The best parts of this book are contained in his upbringing and rise to the top of the radio world. He fought some serious battles and refused to back down from management. This ended up getting him fired, but it also let to a half billion dollar deal with Sirius. It's really amazing and somewhat ...more
Alex Wilson
I'll admit, I saw the movie Private Parts before I read the book, and my initial thought was "You know, Howard isn't such a bad guy. I don't know why he gets as much shit as he does. I admire what he did for radio, and I really admire his 'I don't give a fuck' attitude." But the more I read this book, the more I began to see why people don't like Howard. He's a racist, a misogynist, and an overall creep. There were so many times where I had to put this book down, because he said some things that ...more
Dan  Logue
Jan 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After driving 21 straight hours from Miami to Phila, and spending a large part of that time listening to Stern archives, I decided to give this book a try. While I do find Stern arrogant and sometimes unfailingly immature, I do have a great amount of appreciation for what he did for radio, and respect for the honesty with which he describes his own life to his listeners, something that is increasing rare these days. Unfortunately, this book is trash. It seems Stern just used it as a platform to ...more
Agustin
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit it, I am a Howard Stern fan. This man has made me laugh for years! I read Private Parts many years ago when it was first released, and also saw the movie.

Recently, I found book again after moving, and decided to re-read it. Years later, it was still very funny to me! It was like taking a walk down memory lane and getting to relive so many stories that Howard told throughout the years.

The book even had a new form of entertainment due to his divorce which took after the book and movie wer
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Andrew
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, if I would have read this in 1993 I would have given it 4 or maybe even 5 stars but it's hard to do that now, 20 years later when the only relevant part of the book is when he describes his childhood. Other than that, the book is very out of date. Feuds that existed in 1993 between Stern and other celebs were patched up a long time ago.

I always wondered how come he never re-released it if it was so successful. Now I finally get it. It's a great read for a hardcore fan but it's more li
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Sergio GRANDE
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm at odds with some of my fellow reviewers here. One of them rightly criticizes the book for not being insightful enough; others object to it because Stern appears self-absorbed, immature, lascivious, smutty and I don't know what else.

This is Howard Stern's biography for God's sake! WTF were you expecting?! Of course the book is shallow, and cruel, and self-absorbed, and immature and smutty. It's also brutally funny and full-frontal irreverent.

To those fellow reviewers I alluded in the first
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Mick
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You either like this guy or you don't. Even he describes himself as obsessive compulsive and no-one will argue with that. "He insists that others submit to his ways, using any and all tactics of verbal persuasion - from charm and ingratiation, to inducing sympathy, to persistant begging and complaining of unfair treatment. When these methods fail, he resorts to bullying tactics, including public humiliation and denigration." A few parts of this book made me laugh out loud. This guy really has an ...more
Jeffrey
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
I only read (parts of it) because I friend lent it to me and I'm one of those people who slows down to see accidents on the highway. Actually I'm not. But I used to listen to and watch Stern, but have since repented and changed my ways. Over the years he just got more disgusting, sexual, and sensationalistic. He actually used to be funny, now he's just mean and misogynistic. See the movie, it's actually less offensive, that is if you need to. But really, there is no need. My advice? Look away pe ...more
Julie Feighery
I read this book for an encyclopedia article I am writing on Howard Stern. I had seen the movie and loved it, but the book was a bit of a letdown. It was very heavy on "payback for my enemies" and not enough humor or analysis. Some interesting stories about his early radio days (particularly in Detroit and Washington D.C.), and the section about his battles with the FCC and the targeting by conservative groups was interesting, but overall, if you are not a direhard Stern fan, then you are better ...more
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Howard Stern is an American radio host, humorist and media mogul. Stern hosts The Howard Stern Show four days a week (Monday–Thursday) on Howard 100, a Sirius Satellite Radio station.

The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" has been dubbed a shock jock for his highly controversial use of scatological, sexual, and racial humor. Stern has said that the show was never about shocking people, but primar
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