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Michael Jordan Audiobook
Michael Jordan
Written by: 
Roland Lazenby
Narrated by: 
Bob Souer
Michael Jordan Audiobook

Michael Jordan: The Life

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time.

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: The player, the icon, and the man.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Roland Lazenby (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But Michael Jordan: The Life, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end." (Peter Golenbock, New York Times-best-selling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn)

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    eduardo 03-02-15
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    "Eye Opener"

    I loved it! I feel I know Jordan personally. I learned about things I never knew before about Jordan. it took me back to when I started following basketball.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TF 11-26-15
    TF 11-26-15
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    "All I Hoped For and Much More"

    If you were a sports fan in the 80's and 90's, or even if you just have an interest in Michael, you will not be thrilled with this book. Packed with details that begin with his family line 2-3 generations before his birth, the story still moves at a pace that never feels slow. Not even close. It was almost like watching one of Michael's legendary playoff performances on TV, every minute of it, with Marv Albert providing game commentary and Ahmad Rashad adding sideline stories. When it ended, I was satisfied, more than satisfied, but I wanted more. Ultimately, despite the author hardly holding back on sharing Michael's missteps and foibles in his illustrious life, I felt a surge of inspiration, appreciation, and desire to keep rooting for an athlete who I realized was so much more than that to me throughout my own life. Not to mention, the closest thing the sports world will ever see to a human superhero. EXCELLENT BOOK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-15

    Mr. Excitement

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    "What winners are made of!"

    The first 8 chapters start off slow, going to the origins of MJ family history, but by Chapter 8, starts Jordan as a child. The main theme is Jordan practices alot and always pushed himself, which is what great and successful people do!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liam 07-29-15
    Liam 07-29-15
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    "Terrible"

    I think I wanted to kick myself listening to the voice of this book Sounded like a damn robot, no heart, no point and no enthusiasm coming from the reader. I couldn't get through the pro log I skipped it and went to chapter 1 and it wasn't any better. Such a shame as I was looking toward to this. I'm not one for writing reviews but u had to warn you before you waste your money or credits... Proceed with caution that this is a very bad voice reading it

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    Oswald 07-15-15
    Oswald 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read !!!"

    I really appreciated all the rich details that broke down the formula and environment that fostered the legend we know as Michael Jordan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris N. 02-11-15
    Chris N. 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok story if you can handle the narrator"
    What did you like best about Michael Jordan? What did you like least?

    Pros:
    It was good to learn more about his competitive drive, although it didn't exactly cast him in a positive light most of the time.

    Cons:
    Narrator has a very robotic voice. Tough to sit through
    Too much backstory on his grandparents


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing related


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bob Souer?

    I would have like to have heard a voice associated w/ Jordan's era - Costas, Albert or someone of the like.


    Was Michael Jordan worth the listening time?

    debatable. Learned some interesting things, but I only finished it bc I'm a little OCD


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashton 07-15-16
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    "outstanding book"

    The best biography I've ever read. engaging and inspiring story of the greatest player who ever lived. a must-read for all athletes

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    Cory 07-09-16
    Cory 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid on the basketball, light on the life"

    I was hoping to learn more about the adult life of Jordan. Major life events were glossed over. His divorce was barely mentioned, to the point where if you weren't paying attention, you might have missed it.

    What kind of father is Jordan? Why did he do so much charity work?

    I have lots of questions. Perhaps because of Jordan's famous privacy the author couldn't address these questions.

    But the basketball stories...oh, the book is worth it just for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fabrice76718 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING BOOK"

    hard work and dedication is the recipe that Michael Jordan used to get to where he is even though he sometimes performed while being injured it goes to show you what it takes to be a champion and I'll give you one clue it's not just Talent

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    Amazon Customer 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I thought I knew Jordan. Great book, I am glad I"

    Loved it, it was a great story. I have been a Jordan fan for years and even though there were things in the book that shocked me my respect is still intact for this flawed titan.

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  • N. Drennan
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    5/21/16
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    "A great insight into a great man"

    A great read even if you don't know much about basketball . It gives real insight into Mr Michael Jordan the legend . Recommended.

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  • Aston Jones
    4/13/16
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    "Brother Mike.."

    A deep felt look into any through the life of Michael Jordan. There were times of give up and walk away. I have gained a new respect for Brother Mike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Kofi
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    11/8/15
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    "Too much focus on games, stats with less of JORDAN"

    I was hesitant to read this book when others mentioned it's too long winded but I give it a chance anyway and boy am I disappointed - there's so much basketball lingo and focus on eating every basketball game it over padded this book completely this could have been 3/4 the length and more interesting if it focused on Jordan as a man and his food processors and him himself this was a serious chore and ridiculously long - some parts were admitted me interesting but they were far and few between this is way too long way too long and not recommended 4 Non Diehard basketball fans not Jordan fans basketball fans in general cause this book covers too much other stuff when it should be focused on Jordan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    9/16/15
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    "Disappointing, got so bored i stopped listening."
    What could Roland Lazenby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I got around half way through but just couldn’t get in to it. There was too much about his ancestors, and too much unnecessary info on stats and scores on a tonne of games Michael had played in. All of this dragged out the book for too long, even though there were some interesting parts mixed in that did hold my attention about his life outside of basketball. If you are not a massive basketball fan like myself I think you will be disappointed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Agree with what another reviewer put, like a robot. Did my head in!


    Any additional comments?

    I can’t comment on the second half but if its anything like the first, this one is 100% worth saving your money or credits on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pete
    5/5/15
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    "brilliant. very enjoyable and insightful"

    Really got into the detailed biography. very long winded beginning about his ancestors though. Could have done without that part

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.S.Groombridge
    12/1/14
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    "Fascinating...from a casual basketball fan"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it hard to listen to this in separate sections and was disappointed that it had to finish. It was a truly fascinating insight into a sporting legend and I was gripped. As a casual basketball fan in my youth, I feared that I might not connect with it but transpired to be a detailed and intriguing account.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jeffrey
    United Kingdom
    10/4/14
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    "A different side of Mike"
    Any additional comments?

    If you thought Michael Jordan was the worlds greatest basketball player, you still will. But, be prepared to feel differently about the man behind the myth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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