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A star-studded, dynamic production performed by Jim Gray with a foreword written and read by Tom Brady. Talking to GOATs audio also features appearances by Bob Costas, Vin Scully, Carol Burnett, and Snoop Dogg. 

“As a sportscaster and sports historian, Jim’s career genuinely stands the test of time.... This book is sports history about some of the greats by one of the greats, who was taking it all in on the sidelines, in the stands or the dugout, by the 18th green, courtside, or in the broadcast booth.” (Tom Brady, six-time NFL Super Bowl champion GOAT)

A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, 12-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer - that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson.

In Talking to GOATs, award-winning broadcaster Jim Gray looks back at his four decades of sports reporting from the unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers. A journalist who many iconic athletes have trusted to tell their stories (of both triumph and disgrace), Jim has had unprecedented access to the people, places and extraordinary events in the world of sports. Asking tough but fair questions, he has broken numerous stories, and landed squarely in the middle of others, from the Ben Johnson and Barry Bonds steroid scandals, to Michael Jordan’s surprise retirement, to the off-the-court Kobe/Shaq feud which led to their on-the-court break up, to being part of the live broadcast for 22 Super Bowls. He’s climbed into the ring to interview Mike Tyson after he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and stood next to Ron Artest when the  “Malice at the Palace” melee erupted, and was on site at the bombing of the Atlanta Olympics. 

Anyone who has watched Jim effortlessly engage his subjects at the precise moment of triumph or tragedy has little idea what it takes to secure the interview, or what actually happens when the camera cuts away.  These are real, mesmerizing, and previously untold stories. Talking to GOATs features numerous world-class athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, and Tiger Woods, and world leaders George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more. Jim gives the listener a coveted all-access pass as he reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports, more than any other institution, has led to momentous transformations in American society.  

©2020 Jim Gray and Greg Bishop (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Writing a book is not easy, Dan.

So after hearing old Scratchy (Jim’s nickname if you didn’t know) absolutely bomb while being interviewed to “promote” this “book” I couldn’t look away. On Dan L he came across as quite pompous and arrogant, and when D. A. lobbed up they type of softball question Jim is known for asking his interviewees, only to have scratchy start babbling incoherent nonsense, I was fascinated. How could someone who is known for only interviewing GOATS (athletes commonly discussed amongst the Greatest Of All Time) be so horrible at being interviewed himself. Was he having a rough time for some reason around this book or could it be a sort of idiot savant situation? Either way, old Scratchy was in front of some of the most acclaimed athletes of all time, and I figured this book would be a safe bet to at least be interesting in that regard. Boy was I wrong.

I must say I am reviewing the audiobook, and I did not care for it at all. Starting with Bob Costas “announcing” the chapters over some sort of junk stadium sound, to the corny, overproduced audio effects and poorly recorded testimonials from some of the GOATS, it all screamed like it was trying to convince us Jim has friends. I don’t think Jim has friends. Jim knows people and people may or may not know him. Still, if this man has found himself in the presence of greatness time and time again, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

I’m too young to really know about the Pete Rose thing, but the rest of the GOATS in this book are more contemporary and definitely interesting. Jim recently said he was most proud of his interview with Mike Tyson, and after a cheesy introduction by Tom Brady we jump right into Tyson.

So I’m not going to go into every chapter but please listen when I tell you not to buy this audiobook. Maybe if I read it instead of hearing Jim swear like Mike Tyson for effect (a quite bad effect) I would have a different opinion, but honestly I don’t think so. I can not find one single redeeming quality in this audiobook, or even in Jim from what I can tell.

It seems to me that Jim has gotten access to all of these GOATS because they all know he doesn’t have any journalistic integrity and won’t ask them any questions that they aren’t prepared to answer. I wouldn’t be surprised if these GOATS tell Jim what questions he is going to ask them. After hearing Jim being interviewed several years ago at the Super Bowl by T&R, then recently in “promoting” this “book” I actually started to feel bad for the man. What a mistake.

Not only does Jim lack any semblance of professionalism whatsoever, he’s just not a nice man. One answer he gave to a question by Dan L on the radio is the title of this review. “Writing a book is not easy, Dan.” Yes Jim you proved that just because you happened to be in the same place at the same time as some of the greatest athletes of our generation that does not mean you have anything interesting to say.

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Reveals Something Other than What Gray Intended

There are two chapters I like in the book - one at the beginning about Ali and the one at the end about Gray's father. Both are heartfelt.

The rest of the book shows the one flaw in Gray's otherwise successful career. This is the one that fans booed him for when he interviewed Pete Rose as part of the Mastercard 100 greatest baseball players celebration. It's the same that led to criticism of "The Decision" with LeBron James. Gray sometimes fails to see the context of his stories - the setting, the mood of spectators. His friend Bob Costas excels at this, as Gray seems to recognize.

How does this apply to the other chapters in the book? Too often, it seems that Gray is more interested in showing off himself than in revealing interesting stories about his purported subjects. I started to anticipate that there would be a story in each chapter about how the celebrity would acknowledge Gray's achievements, whether as a presenter at an award show honoring Gray or in some other way. It also felt that Gray was showing off in being friends with most of the people covered. How great am I, friends with Ali, Dr. J, Tom Brady, and Mike Tyson?

The failure to anticipate how things will be perceived is apparent in the introductory and acknowledgement sections, too. Bob Costas highlighting the chapters of the book as if they were a batting lineup seems like a funny idea until you realize there are 19 chapters to get though. Snoop reading acknowledgements would have been funny if it were a one-minute bit, but it goes on for 10-minutes plus.

I have no doubt that Jim Gray is a great guy. He has lots of friends who trust him, and he must be a warm person. Featuring his friends more and himself less would have made this a better book.

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Amazing

Absolutely amazing and best book of the year in my opinion. Sports fans will love it for sure

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Great stories, and I learned alot.

I could not stop listening. the ending gave me some tears and inspired me to find an annual event for my sons and I. I want to listen to the podcast now....

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The Forest Gump of journalism. Great read ,fun times. loved every minute. what an impact on sports.

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Must read for sports fans

Superbly written with such a comfortable style. Is there anyone that this man has not met? I'm writing a book of my own memoirs to leave to my family and can only hope to muster a fraction of the quality found in this work. Was particularly touched by the relationship that Jim shared with his dad. Envious actually. Having lost my father at age 16 I still think of him frequently 50+ years later.

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Talking to GOAT'S by the GOAT of sports broadcasti

Great Stories, Kept me intrigued, grew up in Denver and It brought back memories. Thanks

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Excellent Book

Jim did great job sharing awesome stories. I highly recommend this book! Extremely entertaining book!

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The point of view is ours

I promise you Jim Gray, your book is amazing the adventures you took me on and the stories you told throughout the chapters are crazy. All these memorable times you have lived through, the happy, the sad. The mood of this book goes from instrumentally happy to describing a dark time in all our lives. On my adventures through this book of talking to Goats it brough back some memories of stars who died and stars who prospered.
Chapter after chapter this story takes place in different times with different athletes and stars. For example, at the start of the book he interviewed the famous mike Tyson fight where he bit off Holyfield’s ear off. Or when Kobe Bryant and Gigi Bryant died in their helicopter crash. In the end this book is a variety of stories.
This book would appeal to the either older side because it talks about the events, they have experiences firsthand or the side like my age that is engaged in sports and likes to learn a little history. This author who is Jim Grey has made every little thing understandable in this book and he makes it fun to read but not just for one reason. The number of things I can see wrong with this book is close to none and I enjoyed reading it.
MY favorite chapters while I was reading this book was chapter 9 which is about tiger woods and how in my point of view, he competed in all our dreams since he was, a young age. He did this by golfing with some of the greatest golfers in the world. Jim Grey Talking to Goats was a book I will not forget it showed me who people really are and how they did what they did.

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Well Done

This is was an exceptional experience.

I really enjoyed the insight that was shared. It was like a roller coaster ride filled with unexpected hills and thrills. Hearing the side of the stories that rarely are shared created a connection to what some of the greatest athletes/coaches/people are like outside of their respective arenas. I also gained new found respect for Jim Gray the man and his work.