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Publisher's Summary

John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughingstock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi - the grizzled coach who took no bull - transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.

That First Season chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history. In a single year, as the grizzled coach who took no bull, he would transform a team of underachievers into winners and reignite a city known for its passion for its sport.

Eisenberg pushes away the mist that surrounds the Lombardi legend to bring listeners the real story of how the seeds of a football dynasty were sown. He also brings alive an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

©2009 John Eisenberg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Great story on how one man's goal, fearless determination to win, succeed ,No excuses, get to work, straight up down to basics

How he brought out the best in many players, Great story on how one man's goal, fearless determination to win, succeed ,No excuses, get to work, straight up down to basics

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Great book.

Great listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the stories told by the players about the greatest football coach of all time. Very inspirational.

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Great content, poor narration

What made the experience of listening to That First Season the most enjoyable?

The story was wonderful, great book.

What did you like best about this story?

The history of a great man and the way he changed a team. It was great to hear the story of how Vince Lombardi changed the culture of the Packers with his management style. The joys and pains of a team in transition. Left me wanting more!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Great voice, poor narration. Obviously does not know anything about football, many names mispronounced, basic football terms mispronounced. Reading style really took away the pleasure of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and it left me wanting more.

Any additional comments?

Definately worth the listen, IN SPITE of the narration.

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Narrator Needs to Learn to How to Pronounce Names

What did you like best about That First Season? What did you like least?

Growing up in Appleton, WI I know all of the towns and names that Pat mentions in the book. Only difference is I know how to say them. First time I hear him pronounce a key players in Packer History - Ray Nitschke's name as "Knit- Ski" when it's pronounced "Nitch key" I was turned off. Onieda was pronounced "O-knee-da" when it's O-nigh-da or the town of Allouez as "Al -O-wez" instead of "Al-o-way" People who are fans and know of the area will be turned off by the lack of preparation the narrator did in figuring out how to say these names.

Loved the content and the story when it was all said and done.

What was one of the most memorable moments of That First Season?

About how some of the veteran players came into training camp early and thought they would be able to play golf just like the year prior to Lombardi getting there. Vince saw them and said if you were staying at camp, you were going to practice!! Set the tone!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Young?

Anyone who would have spent the time to learn how to pronounce the names in the story correctly.

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Outstanding story

I can't say enough about this book. An excellent story about a great team and a great man