Luckiest Man

The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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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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  • M
  • 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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  • JH
  • 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

Any additional comments?

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

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Compelling account

For baseball fans and students of baseball history, this book is a moving account of one of the greatest tragedies that afflicted the game. Because Lou Gehrig lacked the flash of Babe Ruth, many regarded him as a secondary figure. This book underscores the astonishing accomplishments of Gehrig's baseball career but provides to an even greater extent insights into Gehrig's battle with ALS, the disease that, as Jonathan Eig observes, is as much a mystery now as it was 80 years ago.

The narration by Ed Herrmann is first rate. He is excellent in his performance, as always. Highly recommended.

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Incredible

From my perspective as a baseball fan, this book has given me a whole new outlook on the sport. Baseball has a rich history, and its story continues to unfold. Lou Gehrig is by far away one of the most influential players the sport will ever see, and he should serve as a role model for any athlete.

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Good bio

There is a human on the other side of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease and I have always felt he deserves to be known for more than his illness. Of course baseball fans know him, but too many people don’t. This book shared the human side of Lou Gehrig and I loved it.

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Lou Gehrig As You Imagined Him

This is one book I didn’t want to end. With Edward Hermann’s always masterful narration, the story has such depth and richness. He’s simply the best. The story of Lou Gehrig is one for the ages, and his succumbing to ALS at such a young age is tragic. But he took it with grace and valor. Another Audible classic!!!
#Inspirational #Heartbreaking #Tearjerker #Athletes #Tagsgiving #Swwpstakes

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Iron Horse of Baseball

"Luckiest Man of the Face of the Earth," is the epic account of Lou Gehrig's 2,000 consecutive games played as a power hitting first baseman who would have netted 500 career home runs had ALS not snuffed out his life so quickly.

The author also reveals inside stories of Gehrig playing with two great Yankee legends from different Eras. Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.