Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports Audiobook | Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams | Audible.com
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Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports | [Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams]

Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth.
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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth that comes only to those at the very top of their games.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Eric Berger Houston, TX 08-23-06
    Eric Berger Houston, TX 08-23-06 Member Since 2005
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    "More about track than baseball"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chase DECATUR, GA, United States 12-09-13
    Chase DECATUR, GA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Baseball 60% / Track 30% / All Sports"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love baseball and it's interesting to see the story that is 50% about Barry bonds and him being a jerk.


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    James Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-10
    James Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Now I See What The Whole Steriods Era Is All About"

    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.

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    Jeff Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-01-07
    Jeff Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-01-07
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    "Irresistable"

    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.

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    Dave Riverhead, NY, USA 11-26-07
    Dave Riverhead, NY, USA 11-26-07
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    "Worth a listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Portsmouth, RI, United States 08-27-06
    Peter Portsmouth, RI, United States 08-27-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Eye opening"

    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.

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    Todd Falls Church, VA, USA 07-29-06
    Todd Falls Church, VA, USA 07-29-06
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    "Fascinating and Fast Paced"

    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.

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    James Englewood, CO, USA 04-28-06
    James Englewood, CO, USA 04-28-06
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    "Reads like a Novel"

    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.

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    Joe United States 10-18-10
    Joe United States 10-18-10
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    "Hear SAY!"

    All this books info is mostly from Barrys ex girlfriend. a woman that is scorned! Guy's that are married tell there lady on the side lies all the time!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maki New York, NY, USA 09-04-07
    Maki New York, NY, USA 09-04-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Undeniable"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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