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The Cost of These Dreams

Sports Stories and Other Serious Business
Narrated by: Wright Thompson
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From one of America's most beloved sportswriters, a collection of true stories about the dream of greatness and its cost in the world of sports.

"Wright Thompson's stories are so full of rich characters, bad actors, heroes, drama, suffering, courage, conflict, and vivid detail that I sometimes thinks he's working my side of the street - the world of fiction." (John Grisham) 

There is only one Wright Thompson. He is, as they say, famous if you know who he is: his work includes the most-read articles in the history of ESPN (and it's not even close) and has been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series ten times, and he counts John Grisham and Richard Ford among his ardent admirers. But to say his pieces are about sports, while true as far as it goes, is like saying Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a book about a cattle drive. 

Wright Thompson figures people out. He jimmies the lock to the furnaces inside the people he profiles and does an analysis of the fuel that fires their ambition. Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, he strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. 

Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts.

©2019 Wright Thompson (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Loved it!

Wright Thompson’s story telling is great. It is very interesting to take a look behind the curtain of so many of these successful individuals. I found myself wanting to listen to the book as much as I could.

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Great long form stories

Apparently, this is a collection of several stories by the author. I loved most of the stories, and the New Orleans hurricane story was especially fantastic if heartbreaking. It also gave excellent insight into many of these athletes in ways I've not heard before.

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  • 04-17-19

Simply Outstanding!

This is one of those times when words simply do not do justice to what this book truly is - stories of pure humanity (raw and unfiltered) wrapped in a thin veil of sports. The reader quickly realizes that these are not sports stories, but instead, stories and topics so much larger and so much more universal. Listening to the author narrate his own work is magical and I cannot think of another person who could do it better. He provides an intimate look into the lives of some of the most well known people in the world, but at the same time grants us a mirror to look at our own lives and examine the similarities and potential. Well done!

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Wright Thompson; The Voice Of A Generation

I’ve always loved Wright’s work, first falling in love with his voice in “Ghosts Of Ole Miss”. So when I saw the opportunity to listen to him tell stories for 12 hours, I could hardly contain my excitement. The book doesn’t disappoint. A+