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The Game

20th Anniversary Edition
Written by: Ken Dryden
Narrated by: Ken Dryden
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters - Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them - that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game's original publication. It includes black and white photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame and a new chapter from the author. Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.

© 1983, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2005 Ken Dryden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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I very poignant account for the casual hockey fan.

This book had it all, good stories about such a great franchise, thoughts on the changing areas of the game and what it was like to be a hockey player in Montreal. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Excellent.

A great hockey book. Interesting read for any sports fan. Dryden provides great detail into what it's like to play in the NHL.

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The definitive book about hockey.

The Game by Ken Dryden is well written, smart and insightful. The story, told from the perspective of one of the game's most legendary players, provides insight about the game itself while offering a unique glimpse into the world of professional hockey players. The narration, by the author himself, is engaging and interesting. Worth a read for anyone interested in the game of hockey.

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Great listen to how the game developed

This was an interesting listen, really learned a lot more about how the game and sport developed. Not much about being a goalie but rather his life and the world around hockey and the fast changing development of the professional sport hockey. Some of Ken's stories seem to ramble on like your grandpa may do on occasion, but overall was good.

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great book

this book was a great read for any sports fan not necessarily even if you like hockey it's just a great read about sports how an athlete feels.

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  • Ron
  • 2018-03-04

The Canadiens Dynasty Period.

I met Ken Dryden at a dinner for Larry Robinson, my favourite player growing up. When I heard he would be in Ottawa years later to sign his new book, I was outside the bookstore before it had opened. I had him to myself for a while(as things started slow and folks didn`t arrive right away). I relayed to him that I cried when I read the chapter about Larry no longer being the commanding presence he had been in his glory years on the ice. Mr. Dryden actually said: `You know Ron, I have been in doubt as to whether or not I am a decent writer & I can`t tell you how your comments make me feel. Then we discussed Larry; who grew up on a farm near where my mom was raised.(She knew the family; The Robinsons well). We shook hands and Mr. Dryden said thanks for praising his writing of his first book. The audiobook read by Ken Dryden is really good, and a must for anyone, like me who grew up in the 60s-70s watching those teams which won 5 & 4 Cups in a row. It`s full of great anecdotes of all your favourite players from that era. Lafleur; Lambert; Tremblay; Lemaire; & the whole crew. For a first effort it is really well done and a delight to read & re-read. Thanks, Ron L. Ottawa.

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The saddest part is ken dryden narrated it.

I grew up idolizing Ken Dryden. that's why i wanted this book to be good. i expected this book to be good. and to be honest...it was not about a player and his stories of what it was like to be a player the unseen behind the scenes stuff people crave...thats what i thought it was going to be....instead it was about the drama of hockey and the drama of the players. the narrator was so dry and drama toned that even what i think was supposed to be funny wasnt ...at all.....and the saddest part is Ken Dryden narrated the darn thing. well i hear kerry frasers book is good......

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  • steve
  • 2014-03-11

Outstanding book for all hockey fans

Excellent book for hockey lovers! Personally, I love the sport, and I know a lot about this specific era, so for me it was worth it. I especially loved the second part of the book while the part on the history and on the evolution of the rules for the game was excellent. The different strategies in comparing Canadian hockey versus the Russians' style of play was also great. However, if you aren’t a fan of Dryden or if you aren’t old enough to know about the players during his era that he discusses you may find this listen a little boring as Dryden is somewhat dry as a narrator. Nevertheless, I loved the book and was left wanting to hear more!

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  • Steven Rochon
  • 2017-03-14

Unique & Insightful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Dryden provides an insight to hockey, and being both a Canadian and un Canadien that few have, and fewer can express has he does.

Have you listened to any of Ken Dryden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter, entitled OVERTIME, was particularly enjoyable

Any additional comments?

In 1971, Dryden broke my heart as he and the Canadiens beat my Blackhawks in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. At the same time, he was an inspiration to a 15 year old goaltender who, at 6'6", was shown how that size could offer unique ways to play the position as never before. Now, as a 61 year old, his insight on the game and his experiences brought back many memories, proved prophetic in regards to hockey decades later, and provided me with hours of entertainment.

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  • JJ
  • 2016-09-29

MUST READ for Hockey/Sports Fans

What did you love best about The Game?

The depth and insight Ken Dryden provides as we look into the life and locker room of a professional athlete. His honest and introspective perspective is powerful, as well as his knowledge and understanding of the history and trends of the game. As a goaltender myself, his description of a goalie mentality is spot-on!

What other book might you compare The Game to and why?

I've never read a book like this but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The locker room scenes were hilarious, but I think my favorite part was hearing Ken talk about the goalie's mentality and how each player evolves over time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-06-29

Stunning!

I came to be a hockey fan later in my life, and quite by accident. I didn't grow up following the sport. Ken Dryden's wonderful book has "filled in the blanks" for me. Not just a wonderful book about hockey, it is also a wonderful book about life. My strongest recommendation!

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  • Robert
  • 2013-10-08

A Brilliant Book

After listening to 'Season on the Brink' I did not think there could be a better sports book but then I heard 'The Game' by Ken Dryden and was blown away.

Dryden is not only considered one fo the greatest goalies ever (5 Vezina trophies) on one of the best teams ever 1970s Montreal Canadiens (6 Stanley Cups) but he is also extremely intelligent and articulate. A graduate of Cornell/McGill law school Dryden is a jock with an excellent ability to express himself and articulate his views of the game.

This book is not so much an autobiography as much as a collection of intelligent/articulate/accesible streams of consiousness about The Game of hockey. Dryden goes into great detail about among other things the workmanlike aspect of being a proffesional athlete; the changes to the game and its rules; the influence of the Europeans on what used to be 'Canada's game'; life on the road; the thoughts that go through an athlete's head in the midst of "the game''; the role hockey plays in Canadian identity (especially amongst youth) and why Canada has fallen behind as a hockey power; the business of hockey; and most importantly the colorful menagerie of teammates and locker room shenanigans/memories/camraderie from those great teams from the 70's (Lafleur, Shutt, Robinson, Gainey Lapointe, and of course the legendary coach Scotty Bowman).

Dryden has a modest view of himself as a player constantly questioning his ability and his need to never let the team down. He gives some honest psychological insight in to the high pressure/eccentric position of being a goalie.

I would reccomend this book to any sports/hockey fan (even layman) or person that values high quality non-fiction writting. This is not only a great sports book but an excellent piece of non-fiction literature; it is very rare that someone with this level of skill in his chosen field (hockey) is so clear, intelligent, and articulate in giving a first person view of his passion.

Dryden himself narrates the book and he is not exactly as articulate in his speaking as his writting but he manages to do the job.

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  • Scott
  • 2019-06-17

Not for everyone

Man I LOVED this book. I have never found another thing that represents what hockey means to those who play it, more. Current and former hockey players (like myself) can get lost in Dryden's descriptions of, not only the game, but of the emotions a player experiences while deep within hockey.
Hockey fans can finally experience what the players go through, game in and out. The sport, the team, the highs, the lows, and The Game itself.
Non hockey players/fans may not find this book as fascinating, but they can get lost in a world of sport and history.
Bottom line? Not everybody will love this book, but those in love with hockey (and to some extent, sport) will.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-01-15

Outstanding!

If you liked or played hockey in 1970's. A must read!l The memories just flowed.

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  • Michael Reed
  • 2015-06-08

Historic book on hockey

An excellent (though starting to get dated) book about the ins and outs of hockey as a profession. The structure is not suited to the audiobook format. Buy Kindle/paper versions, instead.

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  • BookNooker
  • 2015-04-23

Never miss

That book is awesome. Go Habs Go! (: .
I love Ken Dryden and this book 24 Stanley Cups in total awesome

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  • Rick
  • 2014-10-29

Behind the Mask

What made the experience of listening to The Game the most enjoyable?

Ken's voice & tone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ken's teammates

What does Ken Dryden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again his voice, it was like you where in his head.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was when he went upstairs to say it was his last year.

Any additional comments?

Great Book