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The Blind Side Audiobook

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

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Publisher's Summary

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich Evangelical Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself.

In The Blind Side, Lewis shows us a largely unanalyzed but inexorable trend in football working its way down from the pros to the high-school game, where it collides with the life of a single young man to produce a narrative of great and surprising power.

©2006 Michael Lewis; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers....Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-04-11
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-04-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding book, quite a surprise"

    I shouldn't have been as surprised by this book asI was. Michael Lewis can make any topic interesting, but I am not a big football fan and initially resisted reading this book despite how much I like his work. It really demonstrates that every topic is interesting if narrated with the right amount of enthusiasm and background in the hands of a wonderful writer. The story made commuting fly by. In addition to the evolution of football the author treats head-on many of the issues of racism brought up by the adoption of a young black man by a white family that are addressed more subtly in a fictional treatment like Ann Patchett's 'RUN'. Interestingly, although I am a big fan of fiction, I thought this non-fictional treatment was more effective. The narration was also great. This was a big hit for me and out of my usual comfort zone.

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    janedoegrayson California, USA 09-10-17
    janedoegrayson California, USA 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Reader"

    I decided to read/listen to this book because I enjoyed the movie, and now that I've finished it... I like both as they're own individual story, since the film was meant to be an inspiring story, while the book is as the cover says the "evaluation of a game" still great! If it weren't for the audiobook the football parts would have gone over my head a lot more lol love it

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    Michael R. 09-16-16
    Michael R. 09-16-16
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    "Really good book, wonderfully narrated"

    I'd seen the movie, so I already knew the general arc of the story. But the book, of course, tells a lot more. It was very interesting and well written, with a good bit of humor mixed in. The narration, by Stephen Hoye, was simply superb. He managed to slip subtly and fluidly into distinct character voices, while remaining always pleasant to listen to, and his inflection throughout is that of a first-rate storyteller bringing a text to life.

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    anye 08-15-16
    anye 08-15-16
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    "A GREAT BOOK"

    I love this book so much it was great.
    Thank for this awesome book Michael Lewis.

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    Iona Sawyer Miami, FL, United States 06-12-16
    Iona Sawyer Miami, FL, United States 06-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "All things can be achieved"
    If you could sum up The Blind Side in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing encouraging extraordinary


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blind Side?

    To see how a family could take in a young man in need without any type of doubts or questions.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He givens so much life to each part chapter. One minute your listening to a story them he is a sports commentator and blends it together so well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So hard to say it was all so moving


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    Joseph 05-27-16
    Joseph 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "one of the best books I ever read ."

    this is probably the best story I have ever read . amazing im so proud of hiz accomplishments bit more than that the family who adopted him . this book is really well read and a all around feel good story. really good

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    Rebecca 02-05-16
    Rebecca 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it"

    I am not a fan of football so all the history about it was a bunch of blah blah blah to me but I understood it's necessity. The narrator was excellent and I really enjoyed this book. If you loved the movie then you will love the book and if your a football fan you will love it even more.

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    Dave 01-21-16
    Dave 01-21-16
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    "Loved it"
    Any additional comments?

    I used listening to this book as my reward for going to the gym. Combination of a great human story, a hopeful and triumphant message, and you get to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about football - and it's fascinating.

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    skiatd1 11-07-15
    skiatd1 11-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I liked Moneyball more but it is still excellent"

    As most books better than the movie. I love Michael Lewis and this is no exception.

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    , 10-20-15
    , 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Although I thought the book moneyball was the more interesting of the two Lewis sports books., the blind side is unique in telling a story of football stategy and family. if your a football historian like me, it's a must read. There are a lot of interesting stories and references to Lawrence Taylor, Bill Walsh, and how the a left tackle position changed football forever.

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    9/16/14
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    "Slow start"
    What disappointed you about The Blind Side?

    The non NFL reader will find the first two chapters labourious


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Better when it got going.


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    3/24/17
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    "Even better than the film."

    I came to this knowing nothing about American football, so the in depth and very detailed talk about players and techniques on the football field initially seemed a turn-off. But the narrator has a great voice and sounds patient as he explains it and before you knew I feel confident talking about AF and I got so much more out of the central Michael Orr story from knowing the background. It's a brilliant book, brilliantly read and I strongly recommend it!

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  • TC
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    2/18/15
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    "Brilliant even if you haven't a clue about the NFL"

    Downloaded this audio book after watching the film (again!) and not disappointed. I'm not a TV sports fan, religious or any kind of god botherer and haven't a clue about American Football. Stick with the football and then just smile and enjoy.

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