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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 2010

    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 2014
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    "Good Story - HORRIBLE naration"

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

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    deb Chicago, IL, United States 06-17-14
    deb Chicago, IL, United States 06-17-14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Reich 03-16-15

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    "Excellent book, awful narration."

    Wish I had listened to previous reviews about the narration. So bad. Great book and story though and I really appreciated it as I am also a triathlete.

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    Vladimir 02-15-15
    Vladimir 02-15-15
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    "Greatest race ever run"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both, Dave Scott and Mark Allen


    Have you listened to any of Seth Michael Donsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I quite liked the narration by Seth M. Donsky


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, my triathlon bible. If you do a triathlon or thinking about doing, this is a must have book. Even though not, this is a great biography of two of the greatest athletes of 20th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, US 01-17-15
    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, US 01-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "great listen for couch potatoes"

    This book brings not only the race but the back story. it delves into the psyche and grit that makes this race iconuc.

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    Brian 07-20-14
    Brian 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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 07-14-13
    Steven 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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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


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  • John
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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
  • alecbruce@usa.net
    2/18/15
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    "Gripping story ruined by flawed narration"
    What did you like best about Iron War? What did you like least?

    It is a gripping story of an epic sporting encounter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Fitzgerald captures the beats and motives of both Dave Scott and Mark Allen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No, because I already have head the audio and built my own visuals of this story


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
    1/7/15
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    "Great story, narrator is a turd"
    What did you like most about Iron War?

    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.


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

    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)


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

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Sue the narrator. Use the money to pay a an experienced narrator to read it like a human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.Hewit
    11/18/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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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
    8/8/13
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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
    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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