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The Club

How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
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This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and 25 years of drama remade an ancient institution into a 21st-century entertainment empire.

No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly 200 countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.

Deeply researched and drawing on 100 exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.

©2018 Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Soccer Rises

The introduction of UEFA is very interesting. Quite a story working with NFL and MLB. Great insight to the promotion and business of Soccer.

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  • JR3
  • 2019-01-23

Read don't listen

Love the anecdotes and history, which are well-written. It takes a lot for me to write a negative review, and as a life-long anglophile, I'm sorry to say this narrator's sing-song style is hard to listen to and detracts from the material. Would recommend reading the book instead.

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  • Engine4178
  • 2019-02-18

This is for diehard fans only

I was hoping this would help solidify my understanding of the EPL and what makes it tick. Instead, I learned about specific details dating back 20+ years. I am sure this is a great book for the diehard soccer fan. As for me, I will keep searching for a better understanding of the EPL.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-01-06

Great Read

As an American who got into the EPL four years ago and a big Liverpool fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of great facts and fun stories.

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  • Manuel
  • 2019-09-09

Sausage-making self indulgence

I picked this book based on its title and publisher’s summary, looking to hear a good story about the Premier League. While absolutely aligned to the title, the narrative itself went into minutiae to be enjoyed mostly the authors. It’s as if the book promised a good story on how sausage became a favorite for breakfast, only to dedicate most of the narrative to the exacting science of optimizing every ounce of edible (and not so edible) raw ingredient.

The narrator of this version made matters worse with his awkward intonation and cadence, which for someone who is partially deaf and wears hearing aids, means I enjoyed every other word.

Certainly worth reading if you a) have the right expectations, and b) have perfect hearing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-30

PREMIER passion

Soccer is a sport that does not have many audio books focused on it. That is why I was so excited to find this.
I wanted to find out the story of why the world loves the EPL. This book tells that tale vividly.
The narration brings you right into the rooms where it all began and introduces you to the people that made it happen.
Most importantly it made me want to watch soccer but not just any soccer the EPL the worlds favorite pro sports league.
I recommend it to all fans old and new alike. I fall into the new category. I hope to listen to a lot more about this. You will too.

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  • Teo
  • 2019-07-15

Good book for football lovers

Excellent book. The performance is not very good, but it doesn't spoil the whole thing.

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  • Carl
  • 2019-04-24

Thorough history of the EPL

More on pivotal moments. major domos and financial explosion. Leaves you concerned for its future