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Publisher's Summary

From a New York Times best-selling author, the definitive biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach, Bill Belichick.  

Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL - the infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he’s led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory new and robust biography, listeners will come to understand and see Belichick’s full life in football, from watching Naval Academy games as a kid with his player-scout father, to masterminding two Super Bowl-winning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, and to his dramatic leap to the Patriots, where he has made history.     

Veteran sports writer and award-winning author Ian O’Connor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have previously been unexplored. O’Connor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn’t know. 

Those who follow and love pro football know Bill Belichick only as the hooded genius of the Patriots, a team shrouded in victory and controversy. But there is so much more - from the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady, to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft, and to the surprising camaraderie he shares with the team. This is a man who has many facets and, ultimately, has created a notorious football dynasty. 

Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this audiobook circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work.

©2018 Ian O'Connor (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Loved it.. Wish author made Belichick more likable

Loved every second of the book. Gave great insight to stories.

Great narration! Go Pats!

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Great book..

The narrator was great, the author did a fantastic job, and I really enjoyed it and appreciated it.

Thank you

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Revealing Portrait

I've read numerous books about Belichick. I thought I knew it all, but the author provides a lot of new information. Although the subject asked his friends and colleagues not to cooperate with the author, I found the portrait fair and balanced. O'Connor examines Belichick from all angles and introduces both his genius and his flaws. If you're a football fan and want to understand how this man thinks, you'll benefit from listening to this book.

The information about his dad's career; Bill's high school, prep school, and college football and lacrosse careers; his life's intersection with many other famous people in very different fields; and his acts of kindness to coaches are groundbreaking.

One question, though: How does the author end up with so many Belichick quotes in the book, if the coach didn't cooperate? He obviously didn't get them directly from the coach. O'Connor needs to attribute those quotes to sources (such as a magazine or other media outlet). He doesn't, and it leaves me wondering at times about the validity of the quote.

I rarely downgrade a reader - most of them at Audible are terrific - but I did so here. Brian Hutchison has a great voice and keeps the book interesting. The problem is that he and the game of football are total strangers. He absolutely butchers a number names throughout the book. I expect him to have trouble with Hoomanawanui, which he can fix by asking someone how to pronounce the name. Someone should have picked up on his mispronouncing the names of Matt Cassel (Ca-SELL), Dont'a Hightower (DAWN-tuh), George Halas (HOL-lis), and a dozen or more others. It's distracting.

Overall, this is a terrific book and a compelling listen. I highly recommend it.

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Amazing book, so-so narration.

It's obvious the narrator isn't a football fan based on the way he pronounces names.

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Excellent book

I loved this book. Although I’m not a Patriots fan, Belichick’s genius is captivating.

The narrator, Brian Hutchison, is clearly not a sports fan. He mispronounced many names in this audiobook. Hearing him say Keeeeaarse over and over made me cringe.

Overall, and must listen!