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Showtime

Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports’ most-revered - and dominant - dynasties.

The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity - and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, his Armani suits, and his arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.

Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

©2014 Jeff Pearlman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Amazing!

As a showtime fan I found every minute of this riveting! Great pace, tons of inside info. A must listen for any nba fan.

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Great insight into one of my favorite teams

Tons of great information about the Lakers. Glad I picked this title up, if you loved 80’s b-ball you will too..

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top 10 NBA book I have read

the key story of NBA in the 80s. sodom in LA. time piece of top team.

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Great Book

Great book for any basketball fan but a must read for all the obnoxious Laker fans out there. Unfortunately this book mentions Kobe Bryant only once or twice so I'm sure there are people that will say it's the worst book in history just because of that alone.

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Best performance of an audio book I have heard.

Great book and an excellent performance. The rise and fall of Showtime. Lonzo will bring us back!

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Great book

Pearlman is a master storyteller of the exploits by legendary sports stars and teams. This is one of his best works.

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Best Lakers Book

Best Book of all time simply
just amazing book about the Lakers
if ur a fan of Basketball Must Read absoutely

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Solid Work From Jeff Perlman Yet Again

A well told, well paced story of the Lakers dynasty.

Plus, Malcolm Hillgartner's mystifying Magic Johnson and Vlade Divac voices.

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took me back to the greatest era in basketball

As a kid I saw my favorite team with the lens of a child. Now thirty years later, I get to see the inner workings, the challenges, and the drive of the team that brought me so many wonderful memories. I was able to learn more about the players and validate some of the perceptions I had about them. I look back and realize how magical it was to maintain a winning team for a decade. it was a once in a lifetime experience.

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Excellent especially if your a fan of the 80's Showtime Lakers. Stories about almost every Laker during this era.