GEORGE FOREMAN'S GUIDE TO LIFE: How to Get up off the Canvas When Life Knocks You Down

George Foreman, Author, George Foreman, Read by , read by the author. Simon & Schuster Audio $12 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-2819-1

Puncher preacher, rancher, family man, author, grill shill, founder of a youth and community center, author and sage; is there anything Foreman can't do? Most people know Foreman as the guy who named all five of his boys George, or as the lovable lug spokesman for Meineke mufflers and George Foreman grills. Why listen to his advice? First of all, he's been very successful at that long list of callings. He also made a triumphant return to boxing at age 45, winning the heavyweight title from a 26-year-old champ, so maybe he does have a tip or two worth hearing. Reading his own material, Foreman comes off as a friendly guy with a heart of gold and a pocket full of advice. The production's only major flaw is the swelling of inappropriate new age music between chapters (the insipid music is co-written by Foreman). Aside from that, this audiobook, simplistic but heartfelt, provides inspiration and motivation. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 6). (Jan.)