What the compelling newspaper articles weren't able to provide is the kind of narrative and inside-baseball look at BALCO that only a book or audiobook could explore. This is the definitive account of the sports story of our times, as written by the journalists who blew it open.
©2006 Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"Necessary reading for anyone concerned with the steroids era in baseball and track and field and its fallout on sports history." (The New York Times)
This is an interesting book on a timely topic, but there's not much insight into the life of Barry Bonds that hasn't already been revealed.
Moreover, the book is about 60 percent track and field/40 percent baseball, so it's probably not appropriate to call it a book about Barry Bonds, as it is being sold.
Finally, there's a little too much preaching at the end.
Narration is good and the authors do a nice job of portraying the book's real central character -- Conte, not Bonds.
I love baseball and it's interesting to see the story that is 50% about Barry bonds and him being a jerk.
I've been a fan of athletic performances ever since I was a kid and it's shocking to think that there have been so many cheaters out there over the years.
There's no question that performance enhancing substances works and that they should be banned from all competitive athletic events from middle school all the way to the pros.
Game of Shadows is audio book crack -- I was mesmerized from beginning to end. My only caveat would be -- if you love sports, the revelations in this book are gonna hurt.
Great narration too -- amazing how important that is.
This book was a great insight to what is actually going on with many professional athletes, not just Barry Bonds. It's a real eye opener to what these athletes are willing to put in their bodies to succeed at their sport. Definitely worth a listen, especially before the Mitchell report is released next month.
Great book, well researched and narrated. I hadn't realize the extent of doping in sports. It's amazing how some of the athletes alleged with doping in the book are still doing the stuff and getting caught.
This is a fascinating and engrossing story that is as current as today's headlines. These guys had amazing sources and are terrific storytellers of a complicated story. Changed the history of baseball.
Amazing audiobook that reads like a novel. Kept me intrigued from first chapter to the last. I thought I knew what happened regarding the steriod craze in sports but didn't realize how indepth and deep it went. Only let down in the book was the end. Seems to suspend you in air after a clamatic build since the story is still going on in real life. I hope the author ammends the ending after the full story comes to a close.
I don't see how anyone reading this book can come away with any conclusion other than that Barry Bonds took PEDs in a conscious effort to cheat.
Though the book is not entirely about Bonds, all of the supporting evidence is brought to bear ultimately to condemn Bonds of PED abuse and knowingly cheating at baseball.
The book is very well written, easy to follow and the case is laid out in a very convincing fashion.
Any baseball fan owes it to him or herself to read this book and make a decision for themselves, whether they believe Bonds or not.
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