We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Irish Thunder: The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward | [Bob Halloran]

Irish Thunder: The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward

"Irish" Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Audible Editor Reviews

If you’re not a fan of boxing, you might never even consider listening to Irish Thunder, the nonfiction account of boxer Micky Ward that inspired the Academy Award-nominated film The Fighter. And that would be a mistake, because — even for listeners who’ve never watched a match in their lives — the volatile history of Ward, his family, and his career is a timeless and entertaining sports story brought to life by narrator Bronson Pinchot.

Ward — known to his fans as “Irish Micky Ward” — grew up boxing in Lowell, Massachusetts, a wrong-side-of-the-tracks town that claimed many of its youth (including Ward’s brother, Dicky Ecklund) for drugs, alcohol, and jail time. For nearly two decades, Ward’s career was a roller coaster of incredible wins and crushing defeats, culminating in a sport-changing trio of matches against Arturo Gatti in 2002 and 2003. Author Bob Halloran, a Boston-based sports anchor, addresses every detail of the influences and events that shaped Micky’s career, from the number of punches thrown and landed in each match and the color of the trim on the fighters’ uniforms to the interpersonal conflicts that plagued Ward’s team and family and the driving emotional forces that kept him entering the ring round after round.

Actor Bronson Pinchot may be best-known for his role as Balki Bartokomous on the sitcom Perfect Strangers, but there’s no trace of his Mypos accent here: He brings Micky, Dicky, and their families and friends to life with a rich tone and neat inflection. Micky is tough, determined, and resolute — and, in his lowest moments, Pinchot lets through just enough emotion to show the cracks in that resolve. The narrator handily navigates 10 hours of boxing talk, reading the fight scenes’ punches, jabs, cuts, and yells at a pace that expresses the intensity of the situation without losing the listener. The end result: You don’t have to like — or even understand — the sport to be taken in by the highs and lows of life in the ring with Micky Ward. —BlytheCopeland

Publisher's Summary

Micky Ward is THE FIGHTER that inspired the major motion picture.

Welcome to Lowell, where anything can happen.

Rocky Marciano fought at the Auditorium in 1947. Mike Tyson fought there in his Golden Gloves days. Sugar Ray Leonard won there, as did Marvin Hagler. Each of them prepared for his battle downstairs in the boiler room, just like thousands of other kids.

“Irish” Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight.

Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog. But with his incredible ability to suddenly drop an opponent late in a fight with his trademark left hook, he kept proving everyone wrong.

After fifteen years of boxing, a string of defeats, and three years of retirement, Micky battled Arturo Gatti in 2002 in the battle that was later named “Fight of the Year” by Ring magazine and dubbed “Fight of the Century” by boxing writers and fans across the country. Ten rounds of brutal action ended with Micky winning by decision, and reviving enthusiasm for a sport that had been weighted down by years of showboating and corruption. ESPN and Boston television reporter Bob Halloran recounts Micky’s rise to hero status, his rivalry with his imprisoned brother, and the negotiations, betrayals, and drugs that ultimately shaped a wild youth into a nationally respected boxer.

BOB HALLORAN is the weekend news and sports anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston. He is also a former ESPN anchor and columnist for ESPN.com. He has worked as a news and sports anchor in New England for over twenty years, and he writes a weekly column for Boston’s Metro newspaper.

©2010 Bob Halloran (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Bob Halloran does a remarkable job in describing the actual key bouts of Lowell’s champion boxer. You can almost feel the punches and intensity of the brutal sport.” (Sun; Lowell, Massachusetts)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (18 )
5 star
 (6)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.4 (7 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.4 (7 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Ian
    4/13/11
    Overall
    "Irish Thunder"

    The first half of the book was a little hard going as the narrator was quite staccato, however he improved in the second half. If you're a boxing fan this is a must. Great true story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.