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Michael Jordan

The Life
Written by: Roland Lazenby
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time.

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: The player, the icon, and the man.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Roland Lazenby (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But Michael Jordan: The Life, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end." (Peter Golenbock, New York Times-best-selling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn)

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Good overall read

it's not bad, performance is good and you get a fair amount of details. I'd have liked to have more input from Jordan himself. Clearly this author didn't have access to Jordan.

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GET A DIFFERENT NARRATOR

The narrator didn't do the book any justice. I'm sure its a great book if you actually read because it's about the one and only but the narrator put me to sleep, literally.

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  • eduardo
  • 2015-03-02

Eye Opener

I loved it! I feel I know Jordan personally. I learned about things I never knew before about Jordan. it took me back to when I started following basketball.

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  • Alex
  • 2016-07-31

You don't know Jordan

Beautifully written story of the man who changed the NBA. His successes as a player is less than half the story, with his many personal struggles off the court revealing he is indeed human like the rest of us.

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  • Iben
  • 2018-03-27

horrible naration

the naration was so bad, the guy sounded like a speak and spell. the story was detailed and pretty good but the end seemed like the author was bored (it's a long book)

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  • Cory
  • 2016-07-09

Solid on the basketball, light on the life

I was hoping to learn more about the adult life of Jordan. Major life events were glossed over. His divorce was barely mentioned, to the point where if you weren't paying attention, you might have missed it.

What kind of father is Jordan? Why did he do so much charity work?

I have lots of questions. Perhaps because of Jordan's famous privacy the author couldn't address these questions.

But the basketball stories...oh, the book is worth it just for that.

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  • TF
  • 2015-11-26

All I Hoped For and Much More

If you were a sports fan in the 80's and 90's, or even if you just have an interest in Michael, you will not be thrilled with this book. Packed with details that begin with his family line 2-3 generations before his birth, the story still moves at a pace that never feels slow. Not even close. It was almost like watching one of Michael's legendary playoff performances on TV, every minute of it, with Marv Albert providing game commentary and Ahmad Rashad adding sideline stories. When it ended, I was satisfied, more than satisfied, but I wanted more. Ultimately, despite the author hardly holding back on sharing Michael's missteps and foibles in his illustrious life, I felt a surge of inspiration, appreciation, and desire to keep rooting for an athlete who I realized was so much more than that to me throughout my own life. Not to mention, the closest thing the sports world will ever see to a human superhero. EXCELLENT BOOK.

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  • Marcelo
  • 2016-09-03

Great book!!!

About competing with yourself end everything around you. Strugle and sweet and how to love what is hard to do.

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  • Liam
  • 2015-07-29

Terrible

I think I wanted to kick myself listening to the voice of this book Sounded like a damn robot, no heart, no point and no enthusiasm coming from the reader. I couldn't get through the pro log I skipped it and went to chapter 1 and it wasn't any better. Such a shame as I was looking toward to this. I'm not one for writing reviews but u had to warn you before you waste your money or credits... Proceed with caution that this is a very bad voice reading it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-19

Average

I thought this would include more about MJ’a personal life but it didn’t. I felt like it was repetitive at times and focused too much at the beginning on his ancestors. It was too drawn out for my liking but if you’re s huge MJ fan or Bulls fan that likes to know a lot of the behind the scenes dealings then you might enjoy it more.

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  • NSMY
  • 2017-11-13

Beautiful, raw story of basketballs greatest.

If you're a Michael Jordan fan (or even a basketball fan), this book is a must read.

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  • Oswald
  • 2015-07-15

Great read !!!

I really appreciated all the rich details that broke down the formula and environment that fostered the legend we know as Michael Jordan.

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