We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Return of the King Audiobook

Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History

Regular Price:$28.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The inside story of LeBron James' return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland.

What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin - and end?

Return of the King takes you onto the private planes, inside the locker room conversations, and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place, resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one.

You'll hear from all the characters involved - the players, the executives, the agents, and the owners - as they reveal stories never before told. Get the background on all the controversies, the rivalries, and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day, plot twist, and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping game seven.

©2017 Brian Windhorst (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I've always admired Brian's acumen and his seasoned perspective. This story with Dave McMenamin of LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship run is captivating and filled with spectacular detail." (Tracy McGrady, seven-time NBA All-Star)

"Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin don't just cover the NBA. They live it. And in Return of the King, their storytelling has never been better. From the decision-making process in the Cavaliers' front office which led to LeBron James' return, to the assembly of a championship roster, to the players-only email from GM David Griffin with the Cavs down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, to the candid exchanges between LeBron and Tyronn Lue, there is nothing left uncovered. Man, what a compelling read!" (Ernie Johnson, studio host of TNT's Inside the NBA)

"On the court and off, the LeBron James journey back to Cleveland and back to a championship is one of the most intriguing stories in NBA history. Brian and Dave do a masterful job of adding context, details, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to the signing, the season, and the series. Return of the King is a great way to remember all that led up to the Finals and the greatest comeback." (Mike Tirico, NBC Sports)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (387 )
5 star
 (299)
4 star
 (72)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.8 (348 )
5 star
 (287)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.6 (349 )
5 star
 (244)
4 star
 (77)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kurt Kautman 06-08-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Waste of Time"

    Summarizing all of the games from Lebron's two years back in Cleveland is certainly not anything to be proud of. I thought this book would give more insights into the behind the scenes and it certainly did not. This is not worth wasting your time on and there are a whole list of books that should be read before this is even considered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 09-03-17
    09-03-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great editing, brilliant story

    "

    I loved the story, the drama and Brian did a great job reading IT.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 07-01-17
    07-01-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story!"

    As a huge Lebron fan I had to read it. I think it was well written by its authors and the behind the scenes details were incredible! There were things that put me at odds with James, but ultimately this tells the story of a man's triumph over several evils, major or minor. Very happy that I listened and I'm very certain that I'm going to purchase the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Osborn Pandora, OH United States 06-13-17
    Chris Osborn Pandora, OH United States 06-13-17 Member Since 2014
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Little New Insight"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Meh


    Any additional comments?

    This book is pretty much a summary of reports already filed on ESPN and ESPN.com. I kept up with the Cavs all year and I hoped to learn some new inside stories. There were few new insights. A complete and thorough retelling of what happened but if you already kept up with the team you will learn very little new information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Axel California 06-05-17
    Axel California 06-05-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great stories!"

    Loved it... so many insights. Bryan and Dave went above and beyond reporting. It sounds like investigative journalism.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason 05-30-17
    Jason 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen"

    Love the storyline, and the many perspectives. Brian does a good job still acknowledging some of Lebron's faults in the process well telling the story that has built Lebron's legacy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-28-17 Member Since 2002
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    25
    15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ldctp"

    Very detailed and informative, give you an up front inside look into the Calverier locker room. Also show the affect of James returned to Cleveland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyriakos Dimitrios Kantarakias 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A nice review"

    That was an awesome book. The author goes into great depth about Lebron without being yellow at all. I recommend. The narration is really nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Valdo Haynes 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great insight"

    Good look into what it took to get them to the championship and what it took to bring the team together

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric 05-11-17
    Eric 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid"

    Positives: Windhorst does well on the narration and doesn't come across as a Cleveland homer. The book is well-written.
    Negatives: The book doesn't contain many new revelations if you're someone who followed basketball closely during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA seasons.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.