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  • The Life
  • Written by: Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Michael Jordan

Written by: Roland Lazenby
Narrated by: Bob Souer
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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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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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Amazing listen!

I have long wanted to read this book, and since we now have The Last Dance, I thought why not. Very happy to have read it now! Very detailed account of the GOAT.

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Good story

Well done. I appreciate the information in this book. There were quite a few new things that I have not heard before.

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A listen for the ages

I grew up an avid Jordan fan. Basketball was my first sport of choice, space jam was a favorite growing up, and we all wanted to be like Mike. I've watched The Last Dance twice, this was just icing on the cake. The array of interviews, comments and quotes is incredible. it really shows the true character of the legend. recommend 100%

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Good but not great

Loved when it was about Jordan and stories about him that were never made public. The first chapters could have been shorter, didn't need to know about his ancestors and all the details of his upbringing. If you want details to the max, this is the book for you

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If you enjoyed The Last Dance on Netflix !!!

This was fantastic. Really well documented. I love that you can go on you tube and watch as example Jordan's acceptance speech and form your own opinion.

my love for the NBA has been reignited and Michael Jordan is all heart

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amazing

wow, what a life he lived. quick listen and good to know about THIS successful person.

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Awesome

Listened to it all in 4 days. Great listen from start to finish .
Jordan’s the greatest ever !!!!!

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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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