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Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run | [Matt Fitzgerald]

Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-15-14
    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2004

    Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There

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    "Fine Story....But the Narration!!!!"

    I had no problems with the substance and story of the book. Although I think my being an active age group triathlete helps to make the book more interesting than it would be to someone who has never been kicked in the face during an open water swim! The two protagonists are interesting people and their achievements, which are related in the book, are phenomenal.

    On the other hand, the narration is just off. One of the worst of any audiobook I have listened to in 20 years (including back in the audio cassette days). The best way I can describe the narration is that it seemed like the book was narrated by Cruella DeVille. Seriously, listen for yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert State Road, NC, United States 06-01-13
    Robert State Road, NC, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story - HORRIBLE naration"

    I just couldn't get past the over the top narration lacking any flow or rhythm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 07-20-14
    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Made for the triathlon historian"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It gave some great background into the lives of two legends of the sport. I learned more about the race that I thought I knew so well. There were 3 chapters with some scientific background into human performance which was a pleasant surprise. I have no idea why so many others put down the narration. I thought it was just fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deb Chicago, IL, United States 06-17-14
    deb Chicago, IL, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "this book was as painful as a double ironman"
    Would you try another book from Matt Fitzgerald and/or Seth Michael Donsky?

    absolutely not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Fitzgerald again?

    absolutely not


    What didn’t you like about Seth Michael Donsky’s performance?

    Donsky's narration was grating in voice quality, but worse, he used the wrong intonations with the words he was reading. that said, he could only read the really poor writing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the general story of Scott and Allen was good, the extra garbage about who was thinking what when you couldn't know, failing to acknowledge that Allen would have received several penalties on the iron war day had all the stuff from the story been true, blaming the fathers for everything, it was too much, poor, poor trod upon typical America cry baby stuff throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Allen's divorce was acceptable because Allen was a peyote smoking mystic, but Allen was a terrible father ergo the divorce because he made his kid ride a bike while he ran? Mark Allen's father was a terrible father because he worked all the time to get through medical school, then after the divorce, his father was a terrible father because he called him every week and expected him to go to college which somehow equaled too controlling, then when Mark was doing tri, his father was there to support him at races and that was wrong too. Let's face it, regardless of what his father did, he would have been demonized to support the author's hypothesis that people really good at triathlon had bad fathers. Every body can find something to claim their father was terrible, sad that this had to be the overriding theme of this book when in fact, but for his father's money and financial support, Mark Allen would not have been doing triathlons rather than working those first years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-16-14
    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Jeff

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    "couldn't do more than an hour"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    What was most disappointing about Matt Fitzgerald’s story?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.

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    "Great book for triathletes"
    What made the experience of listening to Iron War the most enjoyable?

    Unusual to find books on triathlon


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron War?

    The actual race account


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Seth Michael Donsky?

    Someone who speak normally instead of just reading the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    IronWar is perfect


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr
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    "what! is the narrator for real?"
    What did you like most about Iron War?

    the whole story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron War?

    the race, it all about the race.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Seth Michael Donsky’s performances?

    NO! please no.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The toughest endurance race of all time!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Inspiring, I'm already running, swimming and back on the bike. that's how good it is, listen at your own risk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Glossop, United Kingdom
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    "Great Story difficult Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, id recommend reading it though unless they are in the car a lot as the narration isn't at all enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron War?

    loved the whole story


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less forced narration


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Title covers that


    Any additional comments?

    The Narration is the big downside of a great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3/27/13
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    "Irritating narration"

    Having listened to A Life Without Limits which mentions the 'Iron War' between Dave Scott and Mark Allen I was looking forward to hearing their story. I am less than 5 minutes in and the overly precise, forced pronounciation of each and every word will turn listening to this into an endurance event in itself.



    I still want to know what happened in the Iron War but I'll have to buy the actual book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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