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The Wizenard Series: Training Camp

Written by: Wesley King
Narrated by: Phylicia Rashad
Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From the mind of basketball legend and Academy Award-winning storyteller Kobe Bryant comes this radically original portrait of five young basketball players, one enlightening coach, and the awesome transformative power of the game. Filled with insights about the mental stamina and emotional clarity that peak performance requires, this is an indispensable story for young athletes, coaches, educators, and anyone interested in the astonishing potential of team sports to unlock individual growth.

The game will never be the same

Magic doesn’t seem possible for the West Bottom Badgers. They’re the lowest-ranked basketball team in their league, and they live in the poorest neighborhood in Dren. Nobody expects them to succeed at anything. Plus, every kid on the team has secret struggles of his own. 

When a new coach named Professor Wizenard arrives on the first day of training camp, the Badgers can’t explain the magical-seeming things they see and hear. Every player experiences unique and strange visions - visions that challenge everything they thought they knew about basketball, and about their lives and their secrets off the court. To survive the increasingly intense ordeals of training, the Badgers will need to take unimaginable risks, learn to trust their teammates, and confront the darkness within themselves.

©2019 Granity Studios, LLC (P)2019 Granity Studios, LLC

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  • Varian David
  • 2019-06-01

The Wizenard Series

I was intrigued by this series, based on who created it and the reason why, so I decided to check it out.

I enjoyed book 1 thoroughly. Phylicia Rashad, Who is one of my favorites, was AMAZING!! Her reading gave the book life. I felt like I was right there with the characters going through the day to day.

The way the story was written was a little confusing to me at first. Since this is audio, I thought I had hit rewind and was re-listening to a certain part at first. Then I realized that they were covering each character’s point of view. It sometimes got a little repetitive but all in all it was fun.
I love the character development and the attention given to each character in the story. Even though it came off like one character was intended to be the lead, my thoughts quickly changed as I realized an equal amount of time was given to everyone, which was really great!

I definitely recommend the book and look forward to the next one. Also the way this book was written, it’s clearly primed for it to be a movie series.

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  • Jason Grover
  • 2019-05-08

Great Read

Never a dull moment. Very smooth story progression. overall a very good book. Great storyline

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  • Derrick
  • 2019-04-17

Loved it!

Can't wait for the next installment! Excellent imagery and content. Loved the Narrator's ability to bring the words to life.

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  • Terri Courtenay
  • 2019-04-09

Is there talks of a movie?

Loved the imagery. Can't wait to see this on the big screen. Good job Kobe. Phylicia Rashad kept you entertained and engulfed.

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  • Cory
  • 2019-04-06

great underlying messages and proverbs.

love the message and performance.
the storyline was a little tedious but had great high points that made it well worth the read/listen.

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  • Abel Cardona
  • 2019-09-13

Cannot wait for the next one

This really blew me away with each player getting there own book. Seeing all their struggles. It reminded me when I was coached by my dad in NJB. I think Kobe Bryant really did a great job with this series if your looking to have your kids see a different perspective this book delivers.

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  • Jordan
  • 2019-09-07

Repeatitive

This book had some nice concepts but the structure is that it repeats the same story 5 times. it's very annoying and loses its charm by round 3

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  • carol
  • 2019-06-17

Not for me

I don't know how to put it. But I really couldn't finish this book. The way it is written yeah, I just don't enjoy. Maybe it's a preference thing for me

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  • Brendan O'Neill
  • 2019-06-05

wish It was read by a full cast

I wish it was read by a full cast to give a more immersive feel. If possible I would recommend a full cast recording

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-15

Narrator

I really enjoyed this read. The story was well written, and I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints. I do wish it may have omitted pieces from each character's story and used the next person to fill in the blanks but that's a minor detail. I really disliked the narrator though. I feel like they tried to give depth and personality to each character but it was SLOW, and I mean slow. I have listened to longer books and they weren't anywhere near 18.5 hours long. I listened to the story at 2x speed and it felt fine, I did; however, like the concept behind the book and look forward to the next installment.