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  • "Most comical biography ever"

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    Hilarious, reader sounds like Shaq, even when he's being sarcastic. He brags, he criticizes himself, and very professionally talks about his relationships with teammates. Very honest, Fantastic book.

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    Shaq Uncut: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Shaquille O'Neal, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.... From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high-school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaquille O'Neal lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story.

    Philip says: "The Truth about Shaq."
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A Peek at Marvin's Bookshelf

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Marvin's greatest hits:
  • When the Game Was Ours

    "BIRD AND MAGIC"

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    Wow, not just a sports book but a testament to friendship built through competition. What a great story about men who led by example. Highly recommended!

Paul Krasner

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  • "Wilt, 1962"

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    I loved this book. It was much better than I had expected and was very well written and spoken. The author's genius lay in his ability to write about a two hour time period in a way that not only kept my interest but had me on the edge of my ears even though I knew the outcome. I left this book having a new appreciation for Wilt Chamberlain. I never realized was a great man he was. Unfortunately our culture has relegated him to the status of an icon that slept with 20,000 women. He was not only a great basketball player but a man of great depth, kindness and strength. I was sad when this book ended. Anyone that enjoys biography and sports will love this book.

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    Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gary M. Pomerantz
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

    Paul Krasner says: "Wilt, 1962"

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  • 4.2 (63 ratings)

    Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola
    • Narrated By Mike Krzyzewski
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    For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in Beyond Basketball, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting audio essays that will educate and inspire. Each is centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences.

    Cathy Morison says: "A little disjointed"
  • 4.3 (43 ratings)

    Travel Team

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court, but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

    Braxton says: "This book rocks!"
  • 4.2 (29 ratings)

    Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Red Auerbach, John Feinstein
    • Narrated By Arnie Mazer
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    America's favorite sportswriter teams up with Red Auerbach, the most successful and admired coach in basketball history, to tell the best stories of a legendary life.

    Kathy says: "Red Who?"
  • 4.1 (76 ratings)

    Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Kriegel
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete, a basketball icon for baby boomers, all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption.

    steve says: "Extremely Good!"
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  • 4.1 (28 ratings)

    The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 when the face of professional hoops was changed forever.

    Michael says: "Needs tons of editing"
  • 3.8 (76 ratings)

    The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Phil Jackson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Nine-time NBA Champion coach Phil Jackson knows all about being in the spotlight, about high-profile, high-pressure seasons coaching gigantic personalities through adversity and controversy in the middle of a media hothouse in which every move is another headline, another installment in the soap opera. But nothing had quite prepared him for the only-in-Hollywood high-wire act of the Lakers' 2003-2004 season.

    A User says: "If you are interested in the NBA"
  • 3.7 (63 ratings)

    I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Barkley, edited by Michael Wilbon
    • Narrated By Charles Barkley
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    Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Michael Jordan once said that we all want to say the things that Barkley says, but we don't dare. Many people are going to be shocked and scandalized by I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, but many more will stand up and cheer. One way or another, if more blood hasn't reached your brain by the time you've finished this book, maybe you've been embalmed.

    Jennifer says: "Interesting Insights for a Sports Fan"
  • 3.8 (18 ratings)

    Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gary M. Pomerantz
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

    Paul Krasner says: "Wilt, 1962"
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  • 3.6 (35 ratings)

    Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By Arnie Mazer, Sean Runnette
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    When college basketball teams make it to the NCAA tournament, they say they're "going to the dance". John Feinstein's riveting new book is the story of the last dance: the Final Four. There is no event in sports quite like it. The Final Four draws millions to their televisions and thousands to a chosen city; attendance is topped only by the Super Bowl. It is the epicenter of sports madness, a circus of media, coaches, and fans swirling around the four teams talented enough to have made it to the end.

    Stephen says: "Not Final Four Material"
  • 3.7 (31 ratings)

    More Than a Game

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen
    • Narrated By Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen
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    Phil Jackson has done it again, led the L.A. Lakers to an NBA championship victory. For him, it's More Than a Game. Also, listen to a recent Fresh Air interview with Jackson.

    Jose B. says: "More than a game"
  • Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Calipari, Michael Sokolove
    • Narrated By Chuck Montgomery
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    In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari's coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players - what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another.

    Stephen Schwambach says: "IU alum and fan...now loves Calipari"
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Robert S. Wegener says: "Listener Beware"
  • Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

    Bill says: "MAGIC-al!"
  • Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jay Bilas
    • Narrated By Jay Bilas
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    If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, during which the Blue Devils won back-to-back titles. Featuring never-before-heard stories and personal philosophies on toughness from top players and coaches, Bilas redefines what it takes to succeed.

    P. Wells says: "Great Book by A Dukie Who This Tarheel Admires"
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  • The One-Day Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Pitino
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    A life-changing guide to achieving your goals, by the 2013 NCAA champion college basketball coach and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Rick Pitino is famous as one of the most dynamic and successful basketball coaches of our time, leading the University of Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA basketball championship in 2013, and is renowned for writing the #1 New York Times best-selling success and leadership book, Success is a Choice.

    daniel says: "Disapointing"
  • When the Game Was Ours

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s - Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness - together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships and six MVP awards.

    Marvin says: "BIRD AND MAGIC"
  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Sally Jenkins
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    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.

    Suzanne says: "5 Star Listen"
  • Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Titus
    • Narrated By Tyler Seiple
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    An irreverent, hilarious insider's look at big-time NCAA basketball, through the eyes of the nation's most famous benchwarmer and author of the popular blog ClubTrillion.com (3.6m visits!). Mark Titus holds the Ohio State record for career wins, and made it to the 2007 national championship game. You would think Titus would be all over the highlight reels. You'd be wrong.

    Thomas says: "just plain funny..."
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  • Loose Balls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pluto
    • Narrated By Bo Foxworth, Jack Garrett, William Harper, and others
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    Loose Balls is, after all these years, the definitive and most widely respected history of the ABA. It's a wild ride through some of the wackiest, funniest, strangest times ever to hit pro sports -- told entirely through the (often incredible) words of those who played, wrote and connived their way through the league's nine seasons.

    rick says: "Memories for the middle aged male"
  • The Greatest Coach Ever: Timeless Wisdom and Insights of John Wooden

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • Narrated By Michael Mish, Peter Macon, Eddie Lopez, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Coach John Wooden's teams won 10 NCAA men's basketball championships at UCLA, and Sporting News magazine named him the greatest coach of all time. Decades after he retired, and now after his passing, his wisdom capsulized so clearly in his famous Pyramid of Success continues to guide new generations of athletes, coaches, and people of all walks of life. In The Greatest Coach Ever, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes features 40 tributes to him from athletes, coaches, and other influential leaders.

  • Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George Dohrmann
    • Narrated By Emily Rose Speer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?

    Randy says: "Amazing book, fantastic narration."
  • A Season on the Brink

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
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    A Season on the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery coach, Bob Knight. Knight granted Feinstein an unprecedented inside look at college basketball - with complete access to every moment of the season. Feinstein saw and heard it all - practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, and mid-game huddles - during Knight's struggle to avoid a losing season.

    Robert says: "Great Sports Journalism"
  • Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Calipari, Michael Sokolove
    • Narrated By Chuck Montgomery
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    In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari's coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players - what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another.

    Stephen Schwambach says: "IU alum and fan...now loves Calipari"
  • The Rise of the National Basketball Association

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David George Surdam
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
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    Today's National Basketball Association commands millions of spectators worldwide, and its many franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But the league wasn't always so successful or glamorous: in the 1940s and 1950s, the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, were scrambling to attract fans. Teams frequently played in dingy gymnasiums, players traveled as best they could, and their paychecks could bounce higher than a basketball.

  • Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

    Bill says: "MAGIC-al!"
  • Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Woody Durham, Adam Lucas
    • Narrated By Woody Durham
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    From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the "Voice of the Tar Heels," the radio play-by-play man for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this autobiography, Woody takes the reader on a nostalgic stroll down memory lane - from his descriptions of a sleepy Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the days of football legend Choo Choo Justice to the enormous changes in college sports and how they are covered to his dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about the coaches and players he worked with during his tenure.

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  • The Road to Blue Heaven: An Insider's Diary of North Carolina's 2007 Basketball Team

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Wes Miller, Adam Lucas, Roy Williams (foreward)
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
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    Wes Miller grew up in the shadow of the Atlantic Coast Conference, college basketball's most powerful league. But as a high school senior, none of those elite programs offered him a scholarship - they thought he was too small and too slow. After a year at a mid-major program, he chose to attend North Carolina without a basketball scholarship. Over the next four years, Miller's hard work resulted in a major role on the Carolina team. He earned a starting spot as a junior, displacing more highly touted players. He began his senior year with a mission - to chronicle all aspects of his final season in Chapel Hill.

  • Basketball Primer AudioLearn: The Essential Basketball Audio Guide!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Johnson
    • Narrated By Teg Gray
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    If you've been following basketball leagues today, you will see that there are many leagues all over the world. Indeed, basketball has become a global sport. The rules and regulations are pretty much the same for this sport in Argentina as they are in the professional teams of the NBA in the United States. And the rules of basketball, although slightly modified from the late 19th century, have not changed all that much.

  • Pacific Rims

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rafe Bartholomew
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
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    A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: Basketball. In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of basketball. From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story - and gets in the game.

    Sean says: "Great book and a great performance"
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