Saban

The Making of a Coach
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the head coach of the University of Alabama's football team, Nick Saban is perhaps the most influential - and controversial - man in the sport. Unpredictable in his professional loyalties, uncompromising in his vision, and unyielding in his pursuit of perfection, the highest-paid coach in college football has changed the face of the game. His program-building vision has delivered packed stadiums, rabid fans, legions of detractors, countless NFL draft picks, and a total of four national championships, including three in the last five years. Though a great deal is known about Nick Saban the coach, not much is known about Nick Saban the man. Through unprecedented interviews with more than 250 friends, coworkers, rivals, former players, and others, Monte Burke reveals the defining moments of the coach's life. He discusses Saban's rapid and at times rocky ascent up the assistant coaching ranks; his complicated relationship with one of his coaching mentors, Bill Belichick; the birth of his now-famous "process"; his dramatic and controversial departures from three different high-profile football teams; and much more. Saban paints a portrait of a complex and compelling man, fundamentally shaped by both his past and the game he loves, in a way that no previous book has.

©2015 Monte Burke (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] genuinely insightful look at a fierce competitor who nevertheless seems to care for his players both on and off the field." ( Booklist)

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powerful book!!!

great insight from one of the best coaches of all time!! great took to understand some tips on recruiting and vision.

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Terrible southern accent but good story

I can overlook his horrible southern accent imitation and listen to a good story. There was lots of information about Saban's life with Alabama that I had no idea about. It was a very good story & very informative.

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Narrator is awful.

Whoever hired the guy who narrated this book should be fired. He was awful. He tried to make every southern coach sound like a giant redneck moron. It took everything I had to not turn this off 20 times. His Saban accent was so insulting and degrading. Awful!!!

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Great character study, not for coaches.

I was waiting for 7+ hours for specific insight and points of his “process”....didn’t get it. Maybe if I start eating moon pies and chewing Red Man tobacco, I’ll miraculously become a better coach. Not holding my breath. If you want to know more about Saban as an individual, this is a great read. If you are trying to emulate his success in sports or any other arena, I’m sure there are better avenues to travel.

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Great story. The way it is read is annoying

The reader of the book uses different accents when he is in quotes for different people. It gets very annoying. The story itself is very good

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THE WORST NARRATOR EVER!!!!!!!!!

It was interesting learning about Nick Saban as a child and growing up getting into coaching but it was almost unbearable to sit through. This has to be the worst narrator I have ever listened to.

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not bad...not great...

this was pretty much a straight forward biography. it delves a little bit into Saban's thinking and philosophies. but I was hoping for a more in depth look at his approach to football. that said, it wss still a good book. good overview of Saban.

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Excellent glimpse into the mind of a great coach.

Great story and insight.

I was surprised by the valuable leadership lessons the book also contained.

An entertaining and informative book.

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Great book, decent performance, bad accent.

The material was great, but the narrator's attempt at a southern accent was cringeworthy. If you are able to ignore that, you will thoroughly enjoy this vivid telling of Nick Saban's journey of becoming the greatest head coach in modern college football history.

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Nothing new

not enough criticism of the coach, its more like a summarized story. didnt take enough risks