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Sean Downey

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  • The World Is a Ball

  • The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer
  • By: John Doyle
  • Narrated by: Chris Kayser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

For the past 10 years, leading Canadian journalist and cultural critic John Doyle has been traveling the globe to observe World Cup and other soccer matches played at the highest level. The result is a Bill Bryson-esque narrative full of wit and insight, concluding with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In between his encounters with the delirious fans, the crazed taxi drivers, the leprechauns and the lederhosen, Doyle examines the evolution of soccer as a global phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for north American soccer fans!

  • By Jonathan on 05-26-16

A fantastic story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

A must listen, of a unique and passionate persective on the world's most important sport.

  • Bloody Confused!

  • A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer
  • By: Chuck Culpepper
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
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    4 out of 5 stars 29
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    4 out of 5 stars 29

After covering the American sports scene for 15 years, Chuck Culpepper suffered from a profound case of Common Sportswriter Malaise. He was fed up with self-righteous proclamations, steroid scandals, and the deluge of in-your-face PR that saturated the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. Then in 2006, he moved to London and discovered a new and baffling world - the renowned Premiership soccer league. Culpepper pledged his loyalty to Portsmouth, a gutsy, small-market team at the bottom of the standings. As he puts it, “It was like childhood, with beer.”

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for americans

  • By Bernie Sepponan on 09-12-14

Inspirational

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is a fantastic story! I hope every American Soccer Fan listens to this, and not choose a team, but live for a team.

  • Why Soccer Matters

  • By: Pele, Brian Winter
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento - known simply as Pelé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pele the Great

  • By Sean Downey on 12-23-18

Pele the Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

From the greatest player of the game, a fantastic story of the life he lived. Must read!

  • The Big Fix

  • The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer
  • By: Brett Forrest
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Known as the "beautiful game," soccer is the world's most popular sport, crossing borders and language barriers to entertain billions. But underneath it all - the raucous fans in the stadiums; the beloved players; and FIFA, the international governing body with a membership of 209 national associations - is a scandal that threatens to make soccer the ugliest sport in the world. Filled with headline-making revelations, The Big Fix is a must-hear for soccer fans and true crime aficionados.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story though could use a follow up

  • By Preston on 12-12-18

A fantastic deep dive

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Reviewed: 11-15-18

I did a college project on this. To hear it all layed out, was so incredibly interesting. A great listen for any fan or non-fan of the game.

  • I Am The Secret Footballer

  • Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game
  • By: The Secret Footballer
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

The honest truth about professional football, by the Guardian's man inside the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaking all the rules

  • By Sean Downey on 11-11-18

Breaking all the rules

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-11-18

Love the real conversation on the social, and sport issues and reality of the game.

  • How To Win: Lessons from the Premier League

  • By: The Secret Footballer
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In an inspirational, funny and thought-provoking new book, The Secret Footballer teams up with The Secret Psychologist to crack the secrets of success and share with us the tricks and tips that keep the top players at the top of their game. Exploring the winning mindset from confidence to concentration, exposing the successes, the failures and the frauds, this book will shock and entertain. And while most of us will never dribble like Messi or strike like Suarez, we can learn to think like them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Must from TSF

  • By Sean Downey on 10-08-18

Another Must from TSF

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

As a coach I loved to listen to this on my way around to games.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • Expanded Edition
  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

Though Han Solo has thrilled Star Wars fans for decades, the notorious wisecracking scoundrel was chasing adventure and dodging trouble long before he walked into the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport. Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he's trapped in a life of poverty and crime - and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang - reaching the distant stars seems impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last, solo revealed!

  • By Robert A. Raymond on 10-01-18

Book to Movie

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

Read all Solo canon books, then this, then watch movie. Sets you up for a great watch. My only wish is what was in the novel was in the original movie.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,885

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

  • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

A Must

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Reviewed: 09-10-18

Anyone interested in strategy, competition, this is a must listen. I listened to this after listening to a Game Theory book.

  • My Manchester United Years

  • By: Bobby Charlton
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Bobby Charlton is Manchester United through and through. He was a member of the original "Busby Babes" and has devoted his career to the club, playing in 754 games over 17 years. During that period he won everything the game had to offer, played alongside such greats as Best and Law, suffered devastating defeats, and was involved in one of the greatest football tragedies of all time. Here, for the very first time, he tells the story of those United years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For All

  • By Sean Downey on 09-09-18

For All

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

For all true fans of the game, a must listen! A great short autobiography and a glimpse of a great.

  • Game-Changer

  • Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations
  • By: David McAdams
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, David McAdams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

The aim of David McAdams’s Game-Changer is nothing less than to empower you with this wisdom - not just to win in every strategic situation (or “game”) you face but to change those games and the ecosystems in which they reside to transform your life and our lives together for the better.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not gripping

  • By Tom on 05-20-15

Great

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

Definitely a book needing a few listens to truly understand everything. However I highly suggest this.