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Gunslinger Audiobook

Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

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A towering figure on the field for two decades and destined for the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game's last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way.

Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's full, definitive story for the first time, drawing on more than 500 interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts Favre's journey, from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last roster spot at Southern Mississippi to a late-night car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL, first to Atlanta, then to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father the day before he honored him by playing the greatest game of his career, and ultimately a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved.

©2016 Jeff Pearlman (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Tony 11-15-16
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    "nice side stories"

    Some good stories I had never heard. Maybe a little too much play-by-play action. The narrator did a good job except the voices were a little goofy

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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 11-12-16
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 11-12-16 Member Since 2015

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    "No Aaron Rodgers by any Stretch"

    I'v been a Packer Fan my entire life. There were some pretty rough rooting years through the 70's and 80's, and when Don Majkowski came on the scene in the early 90's, I thought the Packers had indeed turned the page and they would no longer be the door mat to the NFC. I had no idea when Favre stepped in after a "Magic Man" injury, that I, along with the entire Packer fan base would witness 15 years of phenomenal football lead by arguably the best Quarterback to play the game. Teams like Denver, and Miami, and Dallas will argue in favor of their respective HOF QB, but they must agree, there will never be another to play the game like Brett Favre. Never!

    This was a pretty decent book, with excellent insight into what Favre experienced as a player both in college, and in the NFL. And there is a glimpse of what it must've been like to line up behind center in some of the games most memorable games. One can only imagine. One might also wonder how such a great player continued to struggle off the field with everything from pain killers to infidelity when it seemed he had the world at his finger tips. Nobody is perfect, and this book does an excellent job of confirming that notion by including every detail, regardless of the topic. What is simply mesmerizing is how he is able to deal with each event while playing a professional sport at the level he did. Amazing!

    I was disappointed with the narration. The reader tries too hard to mimic the voices of those he is reading about which (to me) becomes a distraction from an otherwise very interesting topic. I don't need him to raise the pitch in his voice every time he quotes a female. It just sounds...weird. Read the book! I get that Brett's sister is being quoted, I don't want to hear the high-pitch voice inflection of a man.

    All-in-all, if you're a Packer fan like me or a Football fan looking to augment your library with a story about one of the games best, put this title in your library. It's well worth the credit, and the 17+ hours to get through it.

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    Kimberly 06-06-17
    Kimberly 06-06-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Gilbert Brown is Not A Sixteen Year Old Girl"
    What didn’t you like about Barry Abrams’s performance?

    I think Barry Abrams hates football players. I'm not sure why he felt compelled to do voices for all the different speakers, and am REALLY not sure why he felt compelled to make all those football players sound like breathy teenagers. Who are girls. From the south. As imagined by someone in France who has no idea of what real people from the south sound like.


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    Eric Ragland 05-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!"

    I recommend this audio book. It was performed well and seemed like a fair account of Brett's ups and downs.

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    OC Ken 05-08-17
    OC Ken 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Brett Favre Wild & Crazy Ride!"

    I really loved this book, it was addicticting to listen to, great candid life story and testimony. Although, it seemed like the end, ended abruptly. It would have been better to hear how he's doing today as well...

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    Airtex60 02-01-17
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    "Good Favre Bio...Warts and all"

    Maybe a tad bit long, but I enjoyed listening to this book. Pearlman obviously went the extra "research mile" to get the complete story. You couldn't make up some of these passages. Not the every day whitewash sports book; but one that shows that the greats, maybe even more than the average Joe/Jane, have just as many, or even more flaws...but overcome to obtain incredible highs in life. Worth your time if your a football fan!

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    Smartypants 01-18-17
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    "Great story though not an easy read for Favre fans"
    What did you love best about Gunslinger?

    As a die-hard Favre fan, this was of course a must-read for me when released. Pearlman strings together an intriguing set of stories from different insider perspectives. The book is well balanced. While it recants the phenomenal plays and Favre's emergence as an underdog, the book is frequently "raw" exposing some of the less-than-stellar parts of Favre's life and personality. While that's sometimes tough for a Favre fan to stomach, the portrayal of the QB would be dishonest without it.


    Any additional comments?

    My one complaint is the narrator tends to feel the need to use different voices for different people which can get annoying. Otherwise, whether you're a Packer/Favre fan or not, the book really makes you think not only about the man himself but the strains and pressures of the position and its interplay with the player's personality and life.

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "FAVRE THE LEGEND"

    if you wanna know everything there is to know about Favre then this is the book to turn to.

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    David A Lopez 01-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    It wasn't as insightful as I'd hoped, but a descent read, (listen) nonetheless. I don't think I'll be recommending this to another.

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    lorial89 Corona, CA United States 01-03-17
    lorial89 Corona, CA United States 01-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Details, details, details"

    I got this book as a gift for my husband who has been a Brett Favre fan since the beginning. If you are like him and want to know every detail of every game and every conversation of every coach, team mate, journalist, etc that had anything to do with his rise to fame, you will love it. If you are like me and just need the overall story there will be way too much minutiae.
    Be prepared that this is an unvarnished look at Favre and the NFL. It took some of the shine off for my husband, but does seem to present a good balance between the larger than life hero and the flawed human being. Also, if bad language is an issue, this book is chock full of direct quotes containing all manner swear words, which is to be expected in the rough and tumble world of the NFL. Recommended if you want to know more about Brett Favre and/or the political and cultural inner workings of the NFL.

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