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Byron

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  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (308)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (225)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

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    "Like Hanging Out At A Cocktail Party"
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    What made the experience of listening to Those Guys Have All the Fun the most enjoyable?

    I liked getting the inside scoop on all of the prominent ESPN personalities from behind the scenes. You get to see the human and flawed side of these people that put on the polished act in front of the screen.


    What other book might you compare Those Guys Have All the Fun to and why?

    I have not read many books related to sports, so I don't have a good comparison. Most of the text consisted of first person quoted accounts as opposed to a third person narrative. Felt more like an in depth conversation at cocktail party.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listed to these narrators before. I liked the fact that they had a man and a woman to do the voices depending on who was being quoted in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book did not have a crescendo that moved me in particular. I am a big ESPN fan and sports fan in general, so I was interested in the historical evolution of the station that paralleled the evolution of sports in general.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a sports fan, you will love this book. It brought back many sports memories through the eyes of ESPN.

    There was a lot of name dropping of ESPN behind the scenes executives. It was a little hard to keep up with all of them and what their role was in the organization.

    The fact that the sports backdrop was always woven into the anecdotes helped to keep the book entertaining.

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