• Luckiest Man

  • The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
  • By: Jonathan Eig
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really?

Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. A muscular but clumsy athlete who grew up in New York City, he idolized his hardworking mother and remained devoted to her all his life. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

Gehrig and Ruth formed the greatest slugging tandem in baseball history. They were the heart of the first great Yankee dynasty. After Ruth's retirement, Gehrig and a young Joe DiMaggio would begin a new era of Yankee dominance. But Luckiest Man reveals that Gehrig was afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) much sooner than anyone believes, as early as the spring of 1938. Despite the illness, he didn't miss a game that year, keeping intact his astonishing consecutive-games streak, which stood for more than half a century.

In Luckiest Man, Jonathan Eig brings to life a figure whose shyness and insecurity obscured his greatness during his lifetime. Gehrig emerges as more human and more heroic than ever.

©2005 Jonathan Eig (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"As my consecutive games streak grew, my curiosity about Lou Gehrig also grew and I wanted to learn more about him and what kind of person he was. Jonathan Eig's book, Luckiest Man, really helped me put all of the pieces together and gain a solid understanding of Lou, both on and off the field. I thought it was a wonderful book that provided insights about Lou, his amazing life and outstanding career." (Cal Ripken, Jr.)
"This is a book for Yankee fans, baseball fans, and anyone who wants to read about a man whose determination and heroism inspire us today." (Rudolph W. Giuliani)
"Jonathan Eig's portrait of Lou Gehrig is as elegant, understated, and powerful as the Iron Man himself." (Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy)

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  • 08-13-14

Wow! What an amazing story!

If you could sum up Luckiest Man in three words, what would they be?

Truly eye opening!

What did you like best about this story?

Whether a Yankee fan or not, this is an amazing account of one of the best ball players in our history. I of course knew the story of Lou Gehrig, but really didn't know the man. This gives a tremendous look into his life, his passions and his dreams.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

I'm a huge fan of Edward Herrmann's narrations. He really brings this story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times, I felt myself getting choked up when listening to Lou's famous speech. Show's how fragile life is and how sometimes we just don't have control. Baseball is lucky to have had a man like Lou Gehrig represent this great game!

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Great story about a great man!

Even though I'm not an avid baseball fan I loved this story of a great man facing adversity.

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must read!

fantastic book! love Edward Herman's narration. highly recommend this book to both non baseball fans and avid fans of the sport.

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  • 07-09-12

Excellent biography - baseball fan or not

The fact this audiobook was brief did not detract from its enjoyment, except when something is good, it would be nice to have more of it. The author does a great job of extracting the important events and evoking the spirit and feeling of the times. Heroism, famous baseball icons, tragedy and a simpler America. The narrator, Edward Herrmann is as usual outstanding at conveying the ideas of an author as if they were the product of his own mind. This is a marvelous book, and it does not hurt having a narrator that can restore one's faith in rational thought just by speaking.

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Outstanding just wish it was unabridged

Would you consider the audio edition of Luckiest Man to be better than the print version?

The print version was unabridged, and from that standpoint, it was better, but this version was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

A real come from nothing story about a superb athlete, always modest, quiet and a class act.
Lou Gehrig in the prime of his athletic career,was struck by, in my estimation, the worst blow that one can be hit by, an incurable, quickly progressive,totally life alterating disease. In spite of this he continues his life in a different direction. All his life, Lou Gehrig carried himself with grace and class.

Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this performance was excellent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The opening of the book was superb, with part of the speech he gave on

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FIVE STARS for this presentation. Lou Gehrig was a player that all players in every sport should emultate

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Very moving

Absolutely incredible, story of Lou Gehrig and his graciousness in life and death. Well written and well read, highly recommended.

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Wonderful

An amazing story with brilliant writing and masterful narration. Only wish it would continue on; but I suppose that is the point.

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My Favorite Player

Tragic but such an amazing story nonetheless. The book is very well written and read. May his legacy live on forever ..

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A great story and wonderful naration

I had this book on my wish list for some time and decided to listen to it. should have a long time ago. I knew just the basics of Lou Gehrig,s story. this brought just enough of his life into focus without going into a lot of detail that can often get tedious. Edward Hermann was the perfect narrator for this book. I have over 300 books in my audible library, this is one of the best.

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loved it!

emotional and inspirational.... this was excellent. even if you do not follow baseball, it is an important story and it was craftfully shared.

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