The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.
Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.
In his new book, Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Iron War goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world’s two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed.
Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.
©2011 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Great story, narrator is a turd"
Excellent and in depth biographies of Dave and Mark, to give a clear lead up to the story of the race. Good and well timed additions of scientific research at the right places regarding running types, endurance science, sports psychology. Really well written words.
The actual race was gripping and emotionally charged for me, because it was so well lead up to by the preceding biographies. (Also, I'm training for my first Ironman and I listened to it while on my training runnings and cyclings)
This narrator is a total TURD and his performance should be flushed.
He ruined a great book.
Someone told him to record an audiobook and he enunciates EVERY frigging syllable as if his singing teacher will slap him for missing every consonant.
It's sh-- when listening to him talk as a narrative. It's HORRIBLE when listening to him read out the speech bits. Imagine, in the heat of battle, after struggling for hours, if you heard a prissy toad say in perfectly eloquent speech, "I'*m* goin*g* To Bury *Y*ou. You won'T wiNN *T*his *T*ime , *M*ark." [each starred letter is accentuated, each capital letter is spoken loudly, the double letters are drawn out and the pause... oh god, the pauses at the wrong places...]
Really, I work in IT and I've heard computer text-to-speech programs with more emotion during dialog than this loser.
A message for Mr Seth Micheal Dropkick: they have battled side by side for 8 hours. They don't give a sh-- about pronouncing every god-damned T and D. Oh, and pausing between "Iron" and "Man", every time, doesn't add suspense, it just shows how much of a turd you are.
Like I said: the narration ruined a great book.
Pumped my fists in the air at their victories. Shouted a "yes" at their challenges. (Yes, I was listening while I was training for my first ironman).
Filled me with rage and nausea listening to the idiot read it like a musical dictation class.
Sue the narrator. Use the money to pay a an experienced narrator to read it like a human.
I really didn't think I'd enjoy a book lasting so long about one race. However this is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. What amazing athletes!! Interesting to wonder what could have Dave Scott could have produced if Mark Allen hadn't trailed him all day up to the marathon. I'm not taking away from the athletic ability but he didn't do the same work and worked the system better.
"Enticing book but narration is truly horrific"
No. I would prefer to read the book myself
Absolutely not. He sounds like a crazed robotic man on drugs
The general in depth look into who can suffer the longest and win and what it means to them.
The book is interesting. It goes into a lot of detail about both Mark Allen and Dave Scott and their war on each other. It's a fascinating read. The book delves deeper and beyond the two athletes to other athletes to explain the suffering that each athlete can take and why. The general notion of the book is suffering and if you listen to the book you will have to endure the suffering of listening the author who truly ruins the book. He really is like a crazed robot on drugs. I highly recommend buying a copy of the book to read yourself. Save yourselves, Don't listen.
"Great Story.....badly presented!"
Terrible writing, like an O level student with a new thesaurus! The narration is truly awful.
This book takes you into the darkness and spits you out happy with your desire to experience some of the torture these giants did. A book I will go back to again and again.
Great story. Well written. Inspiring. As good as Borne to run. May be better. Great for Runners.tri Athlons. Cyclists. And Swimmers alike.
"Gripping story ruined by flawed narration"
It is a gripping story of an epic sporting encounter
Matt Fitzgerald captures the beats and motives of both Dave Scott and Mark Allen.
Yes. Simply my having any narrator other than Seth Michael Donsky. I crumpled when I heard Seth try to recreate conversations between Julie Moss and Mark Allen. Tragic.
No, because I already have head the audio and built my own visuals of this story
Matt Fitzgerald strands together the necessary threads that explain the motivations for these two epic sports men. The audio narration tries to spike the drama that is unnecessary and distracting.
"Brilliant Story, struggled with the narration"
Great book and a fantastic story but the narration was a struggle. The over accentuation was very grating. Definitely worth a listen if you have any interest in Triathlon and Ironman specifically.
"what! is the narrator for real?"
the whole story
the race, it all about the race.
NO! please no.
The toughest endurance race of all time!!!
Inspiring, I'm already running, swimming and back on the bike. that's how good it is, listen at your own risk.
"Great Story difficult Narration"
Yes, id recommend reading it though unless they are in the car a lot as the narration isn't at all enjoyable
loved the whole story
Less forced narration
The Title covers that
The Narration is the big downside of a great book
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