In this audiobook, Robert Gallagher tells the brave and sad story of Ernie Davis, who was the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Davis made a name for himself playing football for Syracuse University, but shortly after he was drafted into the NFL, Davis died of leukemia. Paul Boehmer keeps his performance simple, with unhurried pacing, so as to let this powerful story breathe. Meanwhile, his voice carries warmth and respect for this young athlete who died in his prime.
©1999 Robert C. Gallagher; (P)2008 Tantor
Why did it take so long for the Ernie Davis story to be told?He was a great player and a greater person. The book tells you the real story of Ernie Davis the movie is a distortion.Awful narration.
The book is "fair" if you are a football fan, but the narrator made the listening excruciating. He is obviously not a sports fan. Most annoying is that is would read a team record like Syracuse's record of 7-2 in a year as "7 to 2" instead of the usual "7 and 2." In addition he mispronounced several names, most notably "ka-zonka" for Czonka. Finally, he read that Ron Luciano was a "basketball umpire." I doubt it the book actually said that.
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