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  • The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL

  • The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
  • Written by: Sean McIndoe
  • Narrated by: Sean McIndoe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL

Written by: Sean McIndoe
Narrated by: Sean McIndoe
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Publisher's Summary

Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown, one of hockey's favorite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments - especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons - in this warts-and-all history of the NHL.

The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill, and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way?

The short answer is yes. As for the longer answer, well, that's this audiobook.

In this fun, irreverent, and fact-filled history, Sean McIndoe relates the flip side to the National Hockey League's storied past. His obsessively detailed memory combines with his keen sense for the absurdities that make you shake your head at the league and yet fanatically love the game, allowing you to laugh even when your team is the butt of the joke (and as a life-long Leafs fan, McIndoe takes the brunt of some of his own best zingers). The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL is the weird and wonderful league's story told as only Sean McIndoe can.

©2018 Sean McIndoe (P)2018 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

“In this fun, irreverent, and fact-filled history, McIndoe writes his obsessively detailed memories, combined with his keen sense for the head-shaking absurdities of the league. All this, while acknowledging the love for the game.” (The New Classical FM) 

 
“McIndoe is definitely in his element writing The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL.... McIndoe’s well-researched look into hockey history covers lots of topics with his humorous, and sometimes sarcastic, view providing an entertaining look at the NHL and how it came to be..... And as interesting as the history chapters are, these sections are fun and funny.... If you are looking for an entertaining hockey book you will want to consider The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL!” (NorthBayNipissing.com) 

“Sean McIndoe combines deep knowledge of hockey with the perfect amount of irreverent zaniness. The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL is smart, fun, funny, and incredibly informative. I laughed, I cried, I learned everything a human being could ever hope to know about guys named Newsy.” (Jonah Keri, author of Up, Up, and Away and The Extra 2%

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great listen

author does a good job reading. which is fortunate because he did write it afterall

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pleasant surprise

loved it, especially "weird but true" facts...well done! I may have to purchase the book.

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Why do writers insist on narrating their books?!

Would have been MUCH better if read by a professional. Honestly, one of the more boring listens. Also, maybe I simply misunderstood what the book was supposed to be, but I honestly thought that it would have been funnier with more opinions by the author. It's a good summary of the league from the early days to the most recent, but the narration made it difficult to listen to for extended periods of time.

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Informative, fun listen. Hitting play for a second time as soon as I finish writing this review.

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Amazing

Great narrative on the history of the NHL. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m overly in love with this book and will listen again and again

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Great book, unfortunate stances

Sean McIndoe is a great hockey historian and storyteller, but obviously not a hockey fan, as his great book is nearly ruined by a bunch of anti-hockey suggestions and stances, some of which make absolutely no sense at all to anybody who’s watched a hockey game at least once in their life.

All in all, though, it’s a great read, but a true hockey fan might want to stop reading before the last couple chapters.

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Some Great Hockey Stories

As a hockey fan, I've heard a lot of these stories before but some I hadn't. Sean is a great narrator for his book. I'd recommend this to any hockey fan new or old.

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hockey history can actually be interesting!

personal favourite in the category of hockey. nobody does it better than Sean McIndoe. hockey can be interesting with the right story teller

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Strange Goals

The NHL has seen some highs, lows and odd ball shows. McIndoe describes some the NHL's most peculiar and/cherished stories that most may not know or remember. A great account of the ever-evolving National Hockey League.

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Amazing History of the NHL!

Sean McIndoe recaps the history of NHL hockey the way only he can. Bringing the same humor and forthrightness that shines through in all his work to a full book format! I highly recommend it!

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