I read the other reviews before downloading this so I did have my reservations, but I was quite satisfied. I guess if I was a rabid football fan, as opposed to someone who enjoys watching college games, but not too fanatical (with no allegiance to any US college) I might have been a little disappointed in the balance between the coverage of football and the coverage of Michael Oher's struggle and development to the level of a college player. But I thought it was fairly balanced; and in the process it told a story about football, and the way in which the game has evolved such that someone like Michael Oher can have an impact. The narration was good, it was engaging, and the audiobook was just the right length - ending at the perfect juncture.
I am not a fan of football so all the history about it was a bunch of blah blah blah to me but I understood it's necessity. The narrator was excellent and I really enjoyed this book. If you loved the movie then you will love the book and if your a football fan you will love it even more.
I used listening to this book as my reward for going to the gym. Combination of a great human story, a hopeful and triumphant message, and you get to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about football - and it's fascinating.
As most books better than the movie. I love Michael Lewis and this is no exception.
Although I thought the book moneyball was the more interesting of the two Lewis sports books., the blind side is unique in telling a story of football stategy and family. if your a football historian like me, it's a must read. There are a lot of interesting stories and references to Lawrence Taylor, Bill Walsh, and how the a left tackle position changed football forever.
The movie leaves out a lot of the facets of this multi-faceted story. Including much of the football history, Memphis background, and Michael oher's personal history before and after he met the Tuohy's that Lewis carefully weaves into the story. There's a lot more here than meets the moviegoer's eye.
I have seen the film and therefore thought I would get the book which might be just as good or better. I even thought as the cover for this book is the same as the film cover it would be the same, but no. The whole book is 10% the Blind Side story about Michael Oher like the film and then 90% the narrator just talking about previous games, plays and other people.
This is in no way what I was looking to get out of it. With 4 hours left in the book, the Blind Side film story had finished. The rest of the book was him just chatting about peoples pay and their plays.
It also didn't help that his voice didn't bring excitement. It was just one level all the way through.
If you are looking to read the Blind Side or hear a good story then don't get this, but if you want a book about old football games then go ahead.
I like Michael Lewis and I like the way he organizes a story. This is the foundation of the movie but it is also instructive about football, the world of football and the people in it. It also has more information about how and why this remarkable story took shape. The narrator is wonderful in so many ways and though he is effective in many different stories, in this case he really paid attention to this story and this language. Many of the best sounds in narration use the sound rather than the reading to perform. This wonderful narration did not get in the way of the book and made the listening a great pleasure.