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Ice Capades

A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey
Narrated by: Sean Avery
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (354 ratings)

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Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL - coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA.

As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For 13 seasons Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.

In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete's life, from what they do with their money and nights off to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the listener inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited - Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restauranteur, gay rights advocate, and many more.

Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the "sports book" genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

©2017 Sean Avery (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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A Definite No-No For Kids And Iffy For Many Adults

I'm not a fan of Sean Avery's, never have been and never will be. The value of this book lies in the inside look into the NHL. Super interesting from that perspective to a lifelong hockey fan. Unfortunately, the specific inside look that he chose to present to us is a very, very narrow slice of the hockey world, and not a particularly savory one. The way he chose to go about it is off-putting. He is extremely vulgar. Extremely. There are so many good stories in hockey and about hockey players. It is disappointing that this book is going to paint a portrait of the NHL (or hockey in general) to those not around the sport that is anything but positive. Too bad, it is an amazing sport full of amazing athletes of all ages. Tabloid material...

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outstanding hockey book

I thought this book was going to be less about hockey and more about fashion and Celebrity nonsense but in fact it was a fantastic look into what it's like to be an undrafted player and make it to the show. A really honest look at being an agitator in the NHL in the 2000s. Red Wings Kings and Rangers fans would love this book.

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Sean Avery Turns Audiobook World Upside Down!

Decided to listen to Sean Avery's book after hearing him talk about it on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast. Highly recommend for hockey fans. Avery definitely isn't the most popular guy in the hockey world, but I'm a fan of him and loved hearing his journey through both the sport and life.

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Great Book! Great Insight!

Sean Avery is an interesting person. Loved his evolution as a person. I hated the character he played in the NHL, but would have loved it if he was on my team! Lol.

This book was a delightful surprise & very good from start to finish. I came to love hockey later in life and this book has given me a whole new perspective about what I see when I’m watching & what I thought I knew about the game / players.

Avery’s narration of the book was great. He had a great delivery. His voice, cadence & performance was spot on. I listen to a lot of audio books with a long commute. This was one of the best.

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Prepare to change your perspective about Sean Avery

I hated Sean Avery when he was a player, but I knew it was an act for him, mostly. This is an intimate look at the man himself told by him. He humanized himself from on-ice agitator to great guy off the ice. I found myself relating to him in ways I would’ve never imagined. Aves bears parts of himself to us and is unapologetically himself.

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not safe for kids

Can’t say I agree with his views but it’s definitely an interesting book. Narrated well and holds your attention for sure.

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So Great!

Such a hilarious and great story about a great hockey player and his time in the NHL. If The Game is the great book about goal tending, this is the great book about being a hockey player in general. It isn’t your typical story about being a kid playing pond hockey and making it to the NHL with all your hero’s. It’s about celebrity parties, fights, getting the shaft from GMs and all the other realities of playing elite sport. Plus, Sean’s delivery is priceless. A must listen.

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Fans of NHLs greatest agitator will love this book

This book was beautifully written in the perspective of Avery, any true hockey fan will love it. It gives you more of an inside look of the day to day of someone in the NHL, and the difficulties and realities they face every day. Loved the book, and it shows a more personal side of Avery. A+

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Hated Avery before. I find him believable, now.

I want a big fan of Sean Avery. I felt he was a bully and a garbage type of person. It's interesting to hear his perspective, and while he's extremely believable and he makes good cases for himself, I know some of what he's written is a reflection of a few regrets. I'm positive he regrets what he said in Dallas about Phaneuf because he's probably have played another couple years.

The story is a must read and the audio book makes it even better. Narration was excellently done, though, I'd have enjoyed some of Avery's raw emotion about some of these topics. At times, he sounds pompous, but by the end of the first chapter, it's easy to buy in that he doesn't mean to be.

For those who hated him, give it a read or listen to the audio book.

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You Won't Find A More Honest Book.

Sean is the perfect person to do a memoir. As a teammate, he will do things that other people won't. If you dont think his antics have a place in hockey, then you don't know the game. If you can draw the other team's best player into focusing on you rather than the game, then your team has that much better of a chance to win. This is an honest book about someone who refused to slide into the boring mold of professional athletes.