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StreetMedic

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  • Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, & My Return to the NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tedy Bruschi, Michael Holley
    • Narrated By Mark Adams
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    As a linebacker for the New England Patriots, who had just won their third Super Bowl in four years, Tedy Bruschi was no stranger to pain or to overcoming a challenge. But even 11 years in the NFL had not prepared him for what happened at four o'clock in the morning on February 16, 2005.

    StreetMedic says: "Great book; recording missing a good chunk of it."
    "Great book; recording missing a good chunk of it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved reading Tedy Bruschi's story--so much so that I encouraged my wife (no kind of football fan, really) to give this recording a try. It is very inspiring. Given the constant firehose-stream of negativity coming through most media every day, it is also sorely needed.

    That said, there is an odd issue with the recording itself. The hardcover edition of the book runs 266 pages, not including the very brief appendix. This recording (the 7 hrs. and 1 min. version, just in case it is corrected in the future) ends somewhere near the top of what would be page 234, suddenly concluding with the familiar "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program."

    It's not a deal-breaker as far as the story itself is concerned. Really, were it not for the abruptness of the ending, one might not even notice the omission. Just know that the recording lies somewhere between the "abridged" and "unabridged" categories.

    Still: worth the listen. The "meat" of Tedy's story is all very much still there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Marcinko, John Weisman
    • Narrated By Richard Marcinko
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When Richard Marcinko wrote his best-selling autobiography, Rogue Warrior, he and co-writer John Weisman were bound by government restrictions and could only tell a fraction of his incredible story. Now the tales he could not tell, the secrets he could not reveal explode in Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell - a riveting ne novel with Marcinko himself as the hero.

    thomas says: "a great story ruined by bad narration"
    "Good story, but..."
    Overall

    ...having read the book about ten years ago, I find it hard to believe this abridgement was approved by Mr. Marcinko. I guess it's likely he did though, since he's the one doing the narrating. I've listened to plenty of abridged audiobooks over the years (including titles where I have familiarity with the unabridged versions), but this one has *really* been gutted. There're a lot of details missing, and you lose a lot of Mr. Marcinko's enjoyable swagger which falls through the resulting cracks.

    Either way, still a good story by itself, but if you like it check out the book or try to find an unabridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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