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Publisher's Summary

The John Scott story is the ultimate underdog narrative in sports during 2016 when Scott - in the twilight of his career - went from a joke All-Star fan-voted nominee to scoring two goals and winning the All-Star Game's MVP title. This is his heartwarming story about an average Joe who became a sports superhero overnight.

Known as a willing-and-able fighter and bruiser in the league, John Scott was a surprising and tongue-and-cheek nominee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He'd been in the league for over eight NHL seasons, playing for teams such as the Wild, Blackhawks, Rangers, Sabres, and the Sharks. Scott's best attribute as an NHL player was dropping his gloves - never the best player, the 260 pounder did become the most feared fighter in the NHL, racking up extensive penalty minutes. In order to prevent him from playing in the game, his current team - the Phoenix Coyotes - traded Scott to the Montreal Canadians, who demoted him to the AHL team in an attempt to disqualify him from playing in the All-Star Game. Fans were outraged and Scott was devastated. He'd been downgraded in his job - forced to relocate while his wife was pregnant with twin girls. But the fans wouldn't back down and insisted the NHL let Scott play in the game. The league relented, and Scott not only was invited to attend the NHL game in Nashville, but was nominated a team captain. The media and sports fans at large fell in love with the giant six-foot-eight player who by all means, was just a normal guy and no superstar player. In a true Cinderella story, Scott scored two goals and was the All-Star Game's MVP. This is his personal memoir - detailing his life growing up and how he was able to keep his sense of humor and become the ultimate Cinderella-Story of hockey.

©2016 John Scott (P)2016 Suimon & Schuster

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  • EP
  • 05-05-17

Great story, not a great reader

As a hockey fan, I was really pleased to get to listen to John Scott's great story in his own words. But the performance leaves one wanting. Kirby's diction is so precise that he sounds robotic and stilted, and he mispronounces many, many names, which is distracting and irritating. He should have made a point to get informed before his performance.

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  • wlshirer
  • Dallas, Texas United States
  • 06-30-18

The narration was so off that I couldn't listen

I have no doubt that the story would have been good. However, the narrator sounded (as another reviewer said) like one of Cinderella's Mice, and not like a 6'8" hockey player. I couldn't make it past 2 chapters. I returned it.

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  • James
  • McFarland, WI, United States
  • 06-05-18

Great Book

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see the other side of the story from what was televised nationally. I thought it was a good story about perseverance.

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good book, not good reading

reader didn't know the hockey guys names, which for a hockey book would help. great story of how underdogs can make a dream come true

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awesome story!

I'm pretty sure the guy reading is the same guy that lives in my GPS

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If he only sounded like John

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A light read that was quite interesting with self-deprecating humour throughout. Unfortunately, narration had a lot to be desired. Hearing Kirby's voice speak John Scott's words was off putting with mispronounced words throughout. I'm sure Kirby is a fine narrator, but I just wish they had looked to find a narrator more suited to this autobiography.

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Pronunciations

The reader could have looked up how to pronounce last names of the players. Kept throwing me off.

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This book is entertaining and inspiring

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be successful! I can't wait to see the movie! But what 6 foot 8 actor can skate?

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Heck of a story

What a story. As a Wild fan, it was cool to hear about his time coming up through Houston and on the team in MN.

Though one thing that was constantly jarring was the mispronunciation of players' names. It really distracts and takes you right out of the story.

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The story was great , but the narration was terrible.

I loved the story but wish Scott had been a little more forthcoming about the origins of his All Star berth and the NHL's despicable reaction to it.

My main criticism is of the narration. If this is your *job* I would think you would make even a rudimentary effort to find out how to pronounce the many and varied names involved in this story. If you can't even say Patrick Roy's name correctly, you have no business narrating such a book.

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  • Nick Hopper
  • 02-21-18

Worth a listen for a Hockry fan, but that’s it

What did you like best about A Guy Like Me? What did you like least?

Not much insight into the world of Hockey. Feels like it’s been written with a ghost writer, but by far the worst thing about this is the guy reading it. He’s awful, I wish Scott had narrated it himself like Avery did with his. They guy narrating this is awful, if you are going to narrate a book about real people at the very least, learn how to say their names. I don’t think he pronounced one right. It’s read with very little energy or passion. This is the first time I have ever felt like this about an audiobook from audible. So far everything I have listened to has had excellent narrators, even if the book itself hasn’t been that great.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The last two chapters are the only two worth listening to to be honest, and, unlike better books like Dryden’s or Avery’s by Hockey players, this would only be of interest to Hockry fans.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

John Scott

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  • Jordan
  • 02-01-17

Good listen!

Great sporting story, narrator was a little odd in his inflection at times but it certainly didn't diminish the book at all.