In similar fashion to his New York Times best seller The Bad Guys Won!, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs -and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1 - 15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed. But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week.
Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker," battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team's infamous "White House," where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field performances.
With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved - and despised - dynasty in NFL history.
©2008 Jeff Pearlman; (P)2008 Tantor
"Terrific detail.... Pearlman has produced a narrative that is as entertaining as it is insightful." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lurid yet riveting account of an undeniably charismatic, and often loathed, championship team." (Kirkus Reviews)
Well then get someone who likes football to read it. Maybe try getting someone who knows what a football looks like to narrate it.
Arthur Morey is horrible. Who is Troy Ackerman? Daryll Woodson? Steve Beewerline? Mark Ripe yen? Can the Cowboys really lead a game 13 and oh? It is borderline comical to hear Michael Irvin quoted by a guy who is more white then Woody Paige.
The story is good but it is almost unbearable to listen to this nitwit. This is akin to having Troy Aikman narrate a book on Albert Schweitzer. If you can stomach 14+ hours of mispronunciations and monotone drool, then this audio book is for you. You are truly better off just reading this one yourself.
Boys Will Be Boys was the finest sports book I've ever heard/read. The authors research and presentation were excellent. I am an avid football fan and I consider myself a quasi historian of the game. Yet, on numerous occasions I found myself listening to facts that I'd never heard before. The story itself was so hard to pull away from that I would have listened to it in one sitting if I had the time. It is so interesting that you don't have to like sports at all and you would still love this book. I actually think that people that don't follow the game would probably receive the most satisfaction because they wouldn't know the end result of the many great characters in this book. In this case, truth is more interesting than fiction.
One caveat though... The narrator was pitiful!!! He obviously had zero knowledge of the game of football nor of any of the Dallas Cowboys. The guy should have done SOME research into how to pronounce the characters names. It was very distracting because I knew the correct pronunciations. I found myself talking back to my IPod trying to correct the dude. Don't get me wrong... When he wasn't mispronouncing names his work was good. He has a good narrators voice, but he constantly jacked up names. In spite of that this was still a 5 star book. If you download it you will not regret it.
good book for fans of the 90s cowboys as well as haters. lots of dishy tales and also some interesting framing of the importance of balancing talent and discipline.
one major issue is the audio publisher did not even look into how to pronounce several names. if you are a football fan, you'll hear several mistakes, which took me out of it each time. other than that, the narrator is clear and delivers a good story.
I would have never made it through this book if I wasn't a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. There is some great material, primarily packed into the first and last five chapters, but the narrator is difficult to stay with, and I feel a very poor choice for the material. He sounds like a 70 year old white journalist that doesn't watch football. He mispronounces numerous players/ coaches names, at one point even referring to Troy Aikman as, "Aikerman." His reading of game recaps is less than thrilling and when he reads quotes from Michael Irvin, Nate Newton and other players, his disconnect from the players' culture he's reading about is comical (and not in a good way).
All in all, I was able to stay with the book because of my interest in the Cowboys, but the narrator made that a difficult task.
If you were a Cowboys fan during the early 90s then you'll remember and enjoy a lot of the games they talk about in this book, a lot of the players, and probably have mixed feelings about the rest.
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Really enjoyed this book. I love the cowboys and hearing what was going on behind the scenes was as profoundly intriguing as it was disturbing.
Wow who could of guessed the dark secrets behind the Cowboys 90s dynasty. I have been a Dallas fan since the late sixties. I watched all the games and followed the team closely through the 3 superbowl runs and loved Troy, Michael, and Emmet. I new the news reports of some drug problems and thought it was just an occasional thing. Boy was I shocked at the truth behind the scenes. Jimmy Johnson was and still is a puke. Jerry Jones ego is bigger than the state of Texas. And whoa! Barry Switzer was a party animal from hell and a slobering idiot. This book was hard to turn off to the Cowboy fan. But It was good to find out that Troy Aikman was who I thought he was through it all.
The facts relayed in the books and writing are excellent. The author obviously did an extensive amount of research in compiling the book. The audio delivery of the story is questionable. The reader mispronounces numerous words, including many names, to the point of distraction. Words such as "Falcons", "Aikman", "Switzer" are not pronounced corrected repeatedly. Not sure if this is the type of thing to expect in any audio book or if this is a just a bad one. This is my first audio book.
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