©2007 Mark Kriegel; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"A delightfully written biography....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"What Pistol Pete was to the no-look, 50-foot bounce pass, Kriegel may be to the sports biography: transcendent." (Booklist)
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I don’t know why exactly but I absolutely love hearing about the story of Pistol Pete. Maybe it’s just because I am fascinated with the whole child prodigy thing but in any event, I just love this story and could listen to stories about Pistol Pete all day.
With that said, I found that this book takes way too long to get into the story. Slow start. But by the second chapter, this gets great and by the end, it's amazing. I really loved how the author sprinkles in the history of basketball throughout the book and especially enjoyed hearing about Pete’s father and his beginnings as a player and coach. And the last hour about Pete's children is also very good.
Two thumbs up and if I had more hands, I'd give it more thumbs!
Wonderfully written, beautifully read by Lloyd James. I've been converted to a basketball fan in the 6th decade because of this book. I only wish I could have seen Pistol Pete play.
I love the glory days of basketball during the ABA. I was raised on Kentucky Colonels basketball so the story of Pistol Pete was one to which I was naturally drawn. However, the book was so much more than that. Explaining how this man became who he was fascinated me. I would strongly recommend this book!
I always ratet the book and the reader/production since there are some readers and some productions that can ruin the book as an audiobook. This reader was fine and there was not a lot of unnecessary music etc. in the production. As for the book, very good for a sports biography that pretty much sticks to the details of its subject and does not try to expand the story with too many details about places, historical context, etc. I had no idea what a troubled home life the Maravich family had, or that Press Maravich was such a respected BB coach, one of Wooden's inner circle even. It also does a good job of explaining that Pete's NBA career did have its high points but why his unbelievable skills did not always translate to NBA superstardom. Interesting book.
Pete was truly ahead of his time. Fascinating life story. What makes it great is the full breath of his life story starting with his father's start in PA to ending with his one boy's last game in college. At a basketball camp run by his dad Press at Juniata College in PA, Pete in the summer before his LSU freshman year, was there practicing some of his more "gifted" shots. It was hard to concentrate on the camp seesions with him in the background nailing shot after shot, some that defied gravity and physics. I got to meet Pete and for some reason he liked to hang with our group (team). He was exactly as the book described. And he single handed (with the help of four old coaches) destroyed our championship high school varsity. Sad he never got the chance to really team up with Larry Bird the first time the Celtics won the championship in Bird's tenure. He just had too much baggage from an era when you passed with two hands. There was no show time. And that bias carried to his boys who had great talent as well. He truly was the original show time.
This was an incredibly boring book. As others have indicated, it takes a long time for the writer to actually talk about Pete since the first chapters are about his dad. I understand this was done for a foundation, but it was about 3 chapters too long.
i have listened to 4 hours so far of this book and it is just getting to pistol pete...they could have cut out the first 3 1/2 hours dealing with his family and father...i just hope the rest of the book is even just a little better..i'd pass on this one
I was never a fan of Pete Maravich because I thought he was a selfish, self-centered player who only cared about his statistics. This book confirms my feelings. Pete and his father were only out for themselves and his mother and others paid the price. I only got halfway through the book and turned it off. I couldn't take any more. The narrator was basically monotone and mispronounced players' names like Dan Issel. This book was lousy from the very beginning.
If you are looking for a good sports book, I recommend "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstong which was much better.
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