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Never Settle

Sports, Family, and the American Soul
Narrated by: Marty Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The amazing and blessed life of popular ESPN reporter and correspondent for College GameDay Marty Smith, whose mission in this thoughtful and funny memoir is to return fans to the true soul of sports in this country.

You know Marty, right? The guy during College GameDay hanging off the back of a pickup truck while zooming around the Clemson athletic facilities. The guy who visits Nick Saban's lake house and somehow gets Coach to jump in the lake. The guy who sits down with Dale, Jr., at Daytona to talk through tears about his miraculous return to racing. The guy who interviews Tiger Woods, Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, and Jimmie Johnson - the guy who gets paid to live the fantasy of every sports fan in America.

Never Settle is the funny but oh, it's true story of how Marty got here, and a revealing look at his journey. Never Settle includes all the best stories and behind-the-scenes moments from Marty's wild life, covering topics including: college football, racing, fathers and sons, how sports can bring us together, and how it all goes back to growing up on a farm and playing high school ball in Pearisburg, Virginia.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Marty Smith (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Marty Smith is fantastic! The thing I really admire is his passion and enthusiasm. Marty is engaged the whole time - he hustles and gets involved emotionally in the stories he tells. He's a great professional, great for college football, and I just have a great admiration for him." (Jim Harbaugh, head football coach, University of Michigan)

"Marty Smith's gift exceeds his power to connect with those he chronicles. For through that connection, with people famous and obscure, with some of the biggest names in sports and others you've never heard of, he conjures moments universal and intimate. This is a book of uncommon humanity - shaped by stories, including Marty's own - rendered in a voice as pure as the soil where it was nurtured." (Tom Rinaldi, national ESPN correspondent and New York Times best-selling author of The Red Bandanna)

"I've known Marty for what seems like our entire lives. He's an extremely hard worker. He's full of life. He's the friend everyone hopes to have. His life's been an incredible journey, and within the pages of Never Settle, you're along for the ride." (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., two-time Daytona 500 champion and New York Times best-selling author of Racing to the Finish)

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Authentic American

Loved to hear Marty do a feature story on Marty and his journey to be a man of character while telling stories of those sports figures we all cheer for or against.

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absolutely wonderful

Marty is a great story teller and brings so much passion to everything he does.

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Thanks Marty!!!!

Just a great book. Full of passion, humility, and free spirit. You'll be better for it.

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Must Listen and Read

I've purchased both the Audible book and the hardcover and enjoyed both. Marty is master story teller and can hear the emotion in his words and voice throughout the books. Get this now

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awesome and inspirational

Awesome book and fact Marty narrated it made it even better. Marty knocked it out of the park with this one. Giles county is proud of what Marty has become no doubt. Spartan Strong!

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Fantastic.

Marty Smith is an amazing talent, he really allows you to be in the moment.

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Eye Opening

Made me take a look at myself and my life. I am now closer to my son than ever before. Thank you

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What you expected plus more

I recommend this book to competitive individuals with their own families. You will pick up lessons that you can apply to your own life.

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Excellent piece on principles

Marty Smith can tell a story. Not only do his stories in this book describe his life, but he relates them to life principles that we can all learn from. He has had some truly amazing experiences but he does not take them for granted. I enjoyed listening to the entire book and have listened to multiple parts more than once.

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Sneaky Inspiring

I thought I’d be inspired by the stories told by some of today’s most captivating athletes, which I was, but found myself more inspired by the Words of Marty Smith himself and the stories of his journey. He’s a successful everyday man, blessed to bring the messages of those inaccessible to us in our ear.