I enjoyed this very much... I am not big on writing reviews... so just short and simple!
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
This was a great read that truly gave insight into the minds of two competitors who pushed each other to greatness and as a result pulled the league up with them to a whole new level. I had no idea how much pain Bird dealt with every day of his career but he fought through that challenge. Jordan truly was more dynamic but the lack of a Foil for Jordan to shine against truly did change his impact.
I really enjoyed this book. I was in high school when Bird and Magic where in their prime. This book took me back to when the NBA was great intertainment! My only issue with the book is the narrator. His voice makes me tired. He just seems bored by the material. It didn't ruin the book for me but it didn't enhance it either. I am sure many people will not mind the narrator but I wish that they would have used someone else.
I'm a big sports fan, especially the Boston teams and I grew up watching this great rivalry. Still, sports books have never been my main read (usually King, Koontz, Grisham) and I only bought this because it was on special. Very glad I did. Jackie M. has always been a great writer and the fact that Bird and Magic were involved in writing the book, seemed to make a big difference. My favorite thing was hearing a lot of the little facts about different players and situations that you would never know. Solidly narrated this book brought back a lot of great memories of my childhood watching these 2 amazing players.
I thought the book was great and well worth the listen. The book gave great insight into the passion and dedication that both players had for the game. The only complaint I have is the book did not flow well during the first half because the authors were bouncing back and forth from the NBA days to childhood and it was tough to follow at times. It got much better on the second half and had a great ending.
I was really disappointed in this book. I don't know what I was expecting, but it didn't deliver for me. I did enjoy the first half which was about how they got their start. By the end of the book I was so sick of reading the phrase "Larry and Magic". I started to wonder if the whole thing was made up.
The book would have you think that the only players who ever contributed to the game were the two of them and Michael Jordan. Granted, they were good, but so were many others.
Magic took offense at NBA players not wanting to play with him after he had been diagnosed with HIV, and especially by Karl Malone. "Gee whiz, Karl, how rude of you not to want to die young of AIDS. Don't you know you are hurting Magic's feelings?" Truth is, he had a deadly virus in his body, and it wasn't fair, no matter how small the chance of infecting someone else.
Other than giving Magic a "Howard Kosell" accent, the narrator was pretty good.
I wanted to like this book... but I just couldn't finish it. It reads as if the main audience was a group of college guys sitting around a bar getting blasted and talking about basketball.