For just over 30 years Al Bernstein has been one of the most recognizable and respected sportscasters in America. In those three decades, the “voice of boxing” reported the funny, poignant, and bizarre events that helped shape sports television, ESPN, boxing, Las Vegas, and Showtime. With an eclectic cast of characters that includes every big name in boxing, including Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao, as well as such names in the entertainment world as Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Jerry Lewis, and Jack Nicholson, Bernstein's memoir will have you in stitches.
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"Al Bernstein came into boxing during one of its greatest eras - the 1980s. Boxing was like a flower blossoming at that time. Al was right there for it. This book is so well written that it captures that feeling and as a reader I felt like he took me back to that time. Al is still at the top of his game as a broadcaster and this book shows why he has come so far and why he has announced more boxing than anybody else." (Emanuel Steward, Hall of Fame trainer, manager, and broadcaster)
"From rodeo cowboy to nightclub singer to consummate boxing analyst, Al Bernstein's life is full of surprise, humor, and humanity. He takes us into the boxing world in a very exceptional way that I find mesmerizing. Terrific writing, it’s clear Al has a nimble mind and very, very fast hands." (Garry Shandling, Emmy award-winning comedian & actor)
"Al Bernstein has seen cable television sports grow up. In 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths he looks at his time in the industry through a prism that is unique to him. This book gives the reader an insight into the sometimes absurd world of television sports. There is a 31st undeniable truth: Al Bernstein is a truly funny man." (Barry Tompkins, Sportscaster for HBO, ESPN, Fox, and Showtime)
It didn't feel like a book, but rather a night sitting drinking with a new friend listening to their stories. The inside personal look at boxing and sportscasting was a wonderful trip through a world that the fan and spectator doesn't get to see or experience. A trip between the ropes, into the locker room and behind the door of the training gym. While I've been never been much more than a casual boxing fan, aware of the 'big' stories, but not the inner drama. This reignited my interest in the sport, its personalities and its history. Thanks for the virtual "night out" Al!
None that I've read recently come to mind.
His passion, his authenticity, his vulnerability all added to the experience of sharing the book with him.
If I was reading the physical book, rather than listening to the audio book (an experience I'm not particularly familiar with), I think this would be a book I would find myself reading long after my bedtime. I'd be forcing myself to stop for the night to get a little sleep instead of reading.
The whole audiobook made me feel like I was sitting across the table from Al. His friendly personality and voice, that I have grown to love over the years watching boxing, really comes through when you listen to it here. All in all, it just blended perfectly for me. Al is a VERY funny man and great storyteller! Enjoy...
Loved the story about his interview getting "KO'd" by Mike Tyson
All of it. He is the voice of Boxing.
I did. I had to stop once to get a fresh adult beverage. This is PERFECT for a one sitting listen.
I enjoyed every story and felt like Al was talking just to me. He has a great sense of humor and his insights into boxing and the entertainment scene are right on.
Its not a very good boxing book. There's a lot inside this book that involves agenda. Did it really need to include an Andre Ward chapter praising him as "super"? I liked the parts when Al talked about Ray Robinson and the golden age of boxing. Some of his stories about Ray Mancini and George Foreman were also good. Overall its just not a very good boxing book.
The insight that Al brings to the table is priceless. I was delighted with the books candor, Al's comedic quality, as well as the detail of events as only Al Berstein can deliver.
I really like Al Bernstein but I found this book very lightweight. It's read by Al so that's a plus point but I was hoping that the 30 Undeniable Truths was going to be more 'meaty' and interesting. Don't get me wrong, it is good in parts and there is a lot to keep the reader interested but I had hoped that after 30 years in the business there would have beeen a lot more. Worth a read but don't expect too much.
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