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In the world of modern football, with NFL teams worth more than a billion dollars, no position defines a franchise like the quarterback. The QB is the story of a year in the making of those star players, and of the most significant year in QB development in sport's history - with the meteoric rise of various quarterback gurus finally coming to light. It is also the year 5'10" Russell Wilson wins the Super Bowl and for the first time in over 60 years a sub-6-foot QB, Johnny Manziel, gets drafted in the first round, forcing NFL power brokers to re-examine how they look at the position - and the game.

To tell the story of all that goes on to create the perfect quarterback, best-selling author Bruce Feldman gained unique access to "Johnny Football" (that's Johnny Manziel), George Whitfield, and many other players in what has become a specialized and high-stakes business. In the past decade the boom of the private quarterback-coach business, with its pageant-world-for-boys vibe, has changed the position and the game.

The QB tells the story of the interlocking paths of the most fascinating characters involved in this secretive world, examining how advanced analysis has taken root in football. Manziel's portrait is the most intimate look at him yet, detailing all his talents and antics. In The QB, the stories of these men illustrate how high the stakes of the quarterback's game really are, taking readers on a compelling journey into the heart of America's beloved game.

©2014 Bruce Feldman (P)2014 Tantor

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"Bruce Feldman has an uncanny ability to show in rich detail the guts of the real world of football." (Joe Tessitore, ESPN play-by-play commentator)

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Interesting and entertaining

As a Browns fan I was interested in learning more about Manziel. I listened to this audio book and learned a lot about how quarterbacks are made, promoted and picked. My only complaint is that the narrator should have learned how to pronounce Pettine and Massillon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very insightful

Where does The QB rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among my top 25 of favorite audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Trent Dilfer, because the way the book presented about him changed my original view of Trent

Which scene was your favorite?

Johnny Manziel smashing his phone

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely would recommend to any college/NFL fan. A really nice behind the scenes of what makes a great QB.

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Trent Dilfer ad

It felt like an Elite 11/Trent Dilfer infomercial to me. Not what I was expecting.

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Interesting insight; Horrible narrator

In addition to being a robot, there were 10-15 known sports names that this narrator could not pronounce correctly. Not sure if he has even watched a football game.

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Needs a football guy

The orator was great, but mispronounced so many names it was distracting. Great content by Feldman as always.

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  • Shaky
  • Encinitas, CA USA
  • 05-07-15

Narrator obviously not a football fan

Good book with good stories and info. Given the frequency of him mis-pronouncing names such as Roger Goodell, it's obvious the narrator does not follow football at all.

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Worst Book I've Ever Listened To Or Read

I am amazed I managed to finish this. It's just horrible. They didn't focus on anyone that has proven themselves to be a modern quarterback. It could be argued that its little more than a marketing ploy for various QB training programs that start charging obscene amounts of money to train kids when they are only 8 years old. I'd say it's half Manziel biography half marketing ploy. I can't even guess as to who would enjoy this book. A more accurate title would be The QB: The art of manipulating young athletes into thinking they need to spend an incredible amount of money on training with failed QBs in order to succeed. It's a bit long so I understand why it wasn't used. I'd like to know how many kids that come out of these camps actually become successful NFL QBs. I'm fairly certain right now they're hovering around 0 percent.. Although in fairness they do often lead to scholarships. Terrible book.

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  • buckeye2
  • West Lafayette, IN, United States
  • 11-17-14

sports sickness in america

A disturbing viiew of the true stupidity of sports in America.
A real look into the the insanity of quarterback dads and quarterback coaching prostitutes.
Now I know why I can't stand Trent Dilfer-DUDE. Is he trying to talk like a valley girl or a 16 year old kid? Who talks like this?
This book describes exactly where's we've come as a society. Listen at you own risk.

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