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Publisher's Summary

In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.

Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us.

This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali only he could render: sports legend, unapologetic anti-war advocate, outrageous showman and gracious goodwill ambassador, fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur, and an irresistible force to be reckoned with.

Who better to tell the tale than the man who went the distance living it?

©1975 Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad, Richard Durham (P)2016 Graymalkin Media

Critic Reviews

"It's uncanny how much narrator Dion Graham sounds like Ali. He has the same rhythm, inflection, and passion that The Champ had.... Graham makes us feel the pain Ali felt, both from the fights and from the world." ( AudioFile)

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  • Michael
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 06-04-16

Truly The Greatest

If you could sum up The Greatest in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, quick, witty

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

Loved his voice. Brought so much to the book. Believed I was listening to Ali.

Any additional comments?

Sure he became the best boxer ever. But to see where he started, how the deck was stacked against him at every turn, what he had to overcome and continue to overcome even when he did make it, is truly inspirational. I'm not a sports fan and I found it a fascinating listen. Highly recommend it.

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great story

the story, the reader, the book. they all had passion. made me realize alot of things about myself on never giving up. I connected with this book and I always have a book going. rarely do I ever write a review ether. my dad was a boxer so maybe it helped me understand a few things, about him and myself. however anyone having a hard time, or lived threw any type of oppression, can read this and find inspiration. ALI, THE PEOPLE S CHAMPION .

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  • LA Bos
  • STUDIO CITY, CA, United States
  • 06-24-16

Great book, phenomenal interpretation

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

I certainly would recommend this. This book chronicles intimate details of Ali's upbringing from his POV that are incredibly interesting and revealing. And Dion Graham's performance is superb. Wonderful nuance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greatest?

The description and performance of the taped dialogue between Ali and Joe Frazier before their fight as they drive together on a long road trip.

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Absolutely inspiring and captivating!

I felt that I was actually there witnessing Muhammad Ali's life. I learned some very interesting insights about his life and journey. I'm inspired to hear what he had to do and encounter to be the person he was. I agree that he is the Greatest, but not just boxing, his intestinal fortitude and resolve to make a difference, and his passion for the people to give his best, to do his best! What a Champion😉😘

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Awesome story, Grammy worth Reading

this book goes in to the man library. Dion Grammy has preformed an award winning reading

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Great Listen

The reader did a wonderful job. Felt like Muhammad Ali was talking to me himself.

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Lives Up to Its' Title... The Greatest!

Fantastic audio book! The actual story, plus the way it is read, make one feel that they are there, sitting with Ali as he regales you with stories about his many trials and tribulations.

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The amazing life of the greatest one!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Greatest to be better than the print version?

Yes because of the excellent job the narrator does. If Muhammad Ali was narrating the story, it would be indistinguishable from this.

What did you like best about this story?

I believe the book was written in honesty and it is why it's fantastic. It shows the struggles of being an African-American professional athlete, in a sport that is run by white elites during his era. Coming out of this book you cannot have anything but respect for Muhammad Ali and his perseverance to stick to his ideas and faith, when every single person he was close to, including his mother, was telling him to serve in the army. He highlights the struggles and threats that he faced which would have made a lesser man give up.

Which scene was your favorite?

The best part of the story for me was when Joe Frazier and Ali were sharing a ride to New York. Muhammad Ali asked Frazier if it was okay to record their ride hence it was included in the book. That conversation was certainly one of the highlights. Hilarious at points, this conversation shows the friendship and respect these two icons had for each other.

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  • aditi
  • Cochin, Kerala, IN
  • 04-06-17

Amazing Performance of an Amazing Story

Stick with it. The performance is outstanding and the story is incredible. Fiction doesn't hold a candle to the truth. Ali! Bhumaye!

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the greatest

incredible narrative pattern, perfect narration. one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. near perfect

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  • Lance Johnson
  • 07-02-16

Awesome story from the champ himself

This autobiography ends in 1975 when it was originally published. It is a tremendous story bringing forth many facts that I did not know About Ali such as the motorcycle gang attempted lynching after he was refused food in Louisville after he had won the Olympics. The moment he describes when he threw the medal in the river is done so well you can feel being there. Also there is a chapter in the book about how he trains and many famous quotes are taken from that. Enjoyable to all. Note Ali view changes later in life rejecting the Nation of Islam to the true Islam and saying the turning of his back on Malcolm X was the greatest mistake of his life. I would also recommend Thomas Hauser book on Ali also available on Audible. This book is done by his official biographer who interviews all of Ali friend which adds to the rich tapestry of his life.

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  • Master J. A. Ware
  • 01-31-17

Brilliant story, but..

The life of Ali is well documented in this, from his humble beginnings through to his epic rumble with George Foreman in 1974. It covers both his personal life and his boxing career. although the book ends after his fight with Foreman , when a document of his later career would have been interesting (although his decline and health issues explain why he ended the book on a high).

Now, the only downside is the narrator, whilst I cannot deny the energy and passion he displays in his performance, some of his voices are utterly nauseating and greating. Particularly his 'bundini' voice, and his reanactnent of the crowd in Zaire shouting 'ALI BUMBAYE'.

As I said I cannot deny his passion for the performance. If you can survive a seriously dramatized audiobook then this is fantastic.

PS. Speaking of George foreman, as a fan of George I did notice the book did not speak particularly highly of him, whereas Ali does acknowledge the talent of his other opponents in his book..

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  • AR
  • 11-18-18

Awesome autobiography to read!

I was always fond of reading autobiographies. I decided to take my first shot on Muhammad Ali's story. A story full of dramatic turns and realities of life that we all go through. What made Muhammad Ali a humdinger boxer was his ability to stand firm and tall in the event of tragedies. He was always honest and ruthful. One should always be! A very beautiful book. The narrator uses African-American accent. It sounds beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter and finished it in 15 days. I would like to listen to it again after some time. Fully recommend.

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  • Fahad A.
  • 11-14-18

Incredible story by a powerful narrator

Absolutely gripping. Ali’s story is amazing as it is but Dion Graham’s narrating brings it to life to the extent it eerily sounds like Ali narrating it himself. Simply didn’t want it to end.

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  • Khurram
  • 10-30-18

Must Hear/Read

This audiobook brings Ali to life and the narrator sounds just like him. Get to know the Greatest in a very personal way in his own words. I was captivated from the very first minute.

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  • Hads
  • 07-09-18

Great Book

Worth a listen, really interesting and well done.

I would recommend it to any one

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  • m
  • 02-26-18

thoroughly enjoyed it, encore

a great and inspiring story on many aspects of life, including how to handle things whether you are winning or losing!

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  • Paulo Jamece
  • 12-20-17

Amazing!!!Excellent, Muhammad Ali the GREATEST

Very good story, it was very enjoyable and interesting to listen, If you really want to no more
about Ali read this book. A fighter, revolutionary and human being.

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  • shaun
  • 12-08-17

Good but not the trutb

This is a story one that has been rejected by Ali himself. Dispite him apparently saying all this.

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  • Mattmorg
  • 09-14-17

a complete one off,I love Ali!!!

disappointed with the abrupt ending and missing out on his second career as champ.
but a good insight to his early years!!

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  • Mario
  • 06-23-17

Feels like Ali is reading this to you!

This autobiography is truly captivating and will leave you wanting to know even more about the man who became a legend and the undisputed heavyweight GOAT.

The voice acting is brilliant, providing an atmosphere and level to the story that sucks you in and makes you believe that you are really listening to the great man himself.

Exploring the racial and political aspects of Ali's career, this book gives you an insight into what drove him to make the decisions he made with his career and personal life and what drove him relentlessly forward to earning the World Heavyweight champion title.

A great listen, can not recommend enough.

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  • Manch
  • 10-17-17

From Clay to Ali

From Clay to Ali...great narration and story. An interesting insight into the boxing world back in the 60's and 70's mixed in with the political, cultural and racial attitudes of that era.

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  • Ronald Foo
  • 05-19-17

Great story

Brought my understanding of the greatness of Muhammad Ali and what it means to stand up for something you believe in. Greatest champion of all time

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  • Kfir
  • 06-29-16

the story is unbelievable great

Dion make the story comes alive...

Fantastic book.

I will recommend it to everyone.. It is not only about boxing it is more about real life in the old times