Game of Shadows

Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down

For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sports, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers brought fans back to baseball, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the athletes to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a tiny nutritional supplement company that, according to sworn testimony, was supplying elite athletes with banned drugs. The stories shocked the nation and the exposés led to congressional hearings on baseball's drug problems and a revived effort to purge the US Olympic movement of drug cheats.

Now, in Game of Shadows, Fainaru-Wada and Williams tell the complete story of BALCO and the investigation that has shaken the foundations of the sporting world. And at the center of the story is the biggest star of them all, Barry Bonds, the muscle-bound MVP outfielder for the San Francisco Giants whose suspicious late-career renaissance has him threatening Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.

Shocking, revelatory, and riveting, Game of Shadows casts light into the shadows of American sports to reveal the dark truths at the heart of the game today.

©2006 Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Necessary reading for anyone concerned with the steroids era in baseball and track and field and its fallout on sports history." (The New York Times)

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More about track than baseball

This is an interesting book on a timely topic, but there's not much insight into the life of Barry Bonds that hasn't already been revealed.

Moreover, the book is about 60 percent track and field/40 percent baseball, so it's probably not appropriate to call it a book about Barry Bonds, as it is being sold.

Finally, there's a little too much preaching at the end.

Narration is good and the authors do a nice job of portraying the book's real central character -- Conte, not Bonds.

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Absolutely perfect!

Scott Brick was perfect, as always. This book is written Ana’s produced so well, that I cannot help but suspect that the authors and narrator are juicing.

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Bonds Led in Lying to Break Aaron's Record

A sad and bitter end to the Steroid Era Home Run Kings, the greatest indignity to informed traditional fans was watching Barry Bonds conspicuously use PEDs to eclipse Henry Aaron's sacred home run record of 755.

Seven League MVP Awards were presented to Barry Bonds, but in no way can he compare to Aaron's integrity.

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great read

great read and it really shows you how they got away with playing professional baseball as dirty players.

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good info

some boring posts but good evidence on bins being a cheater on steroids
No HR King here. Still Mr. Henry Aaron

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Baseball 60% / Track 30% / All Sports

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I love baseball and it's interesting to see the story that is 50% about Barry bonds and him being a jerk.

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Now I See What The Whole Steriods Era Is All About

I've been a fan of athletic performances ever since I was a kid and it's shocking to think that there have been so many cheaters out there over the years.

There's no question that performance enhancing substances works and that they should be banned from all competitive athletic events from middle school all the way to the pros.

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Irresistable

Game of Shadows is audio book crack -- I was mesmerized from beginning to end. My only caveat would be -- if you love sports, the revelations in this book are gonna hurt.

Great narration too -- amazing how important that is.

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Worth a listen

This book was a great insight to what is actually going on with many professional athletes, not just Barry Bonds. It's a real eye opener to what these athletes are willing to put in their bodies to succeed at their sport. Definitely worth a listen, especially before the Mitchell report is released next month.

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Eye opening

Great book, well researched and narrated. I hadn't realize the extent of doping in sports. It's amazing how some of the athletes alleged with doping in the book are still doing the stuff and getting caught.