• The Making of a Miracle

  • The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • By: Mike Eruzione, Neal Boudette
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)

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The Making of a Miracle

By: Mike Eruzione,Neal Boudette
Narrated by: George Newbern
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Publisher's Summary

On the 40th anniversary of the historic "Miracle on Ice", Mike Eruzione - the captain of the 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, who scored of the winning goal - recounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.

It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and unsigned amateurs, under the tutelage of legendary coach - and legendary taskmaster - Herb Brooks, beat the elite Soviet hockey team on their way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. No one believed the scrappy Americans had a real shot at winning. Despite being undefeated, the US - the youngest team in the competition - were facing off against the four-time defending gold medalist Russians. But the Americans’ irrepressible optimism, skill, and fearless attitude helped them outplay the seasoned Soviet team and deliver their iconic win. 

As captain, Mike Eruzione led his team on the ice on that Friday, February 22, 1980. But beating the USSR was only one of the numerous challenges Mike has faced in his life. In this inspiring memoir, he recounts the obstacles he has overcome, from his blue-collar upbringing in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to his battle to make the Boston University squad; his challenges in the minor leagues and international tournaments to his selection to the US team and their run for gold. He also talks about the aftermath of that stupendous win that inspired and united the nation at a time of crisis in its history. 

Eruzione has lived a hockey life full of unexpected twists and surprising turns. Al Michaels’ famous call in 1980 - "do you believe in miracles? Yes!" - could have been about Mike himself. Filled with vivid portraits - from his hard-working, irrepressible father to the irascible Herb Brooks to the Russian hall of famers Tretiak, Kharlamov, Makarov, and Fetisov - this lively, fascinating look back is destined to become a sports classic and is a must for hockey fans, especially those who witnessed that miraculous day. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Mike Eruzione and Neal Boudette (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book, way better than I expected.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I was a little concerned because we all kind of know the story, and I saw some low reviews on the narrator, but I was blown away with the full story and I thought the narration was just fine. I grew up playing hockey and my three kids all play now (I coach them) and this was such a great book, especially in the heart of our hockey season. I hope to meet Mike some day, great book.

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awesome

great book, interesting and fun to hear from the perspective of the team captain. totally awesome.

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Great Listen!

This book brought me back in time & what a great trip it was! I know those guys just played a hockey game but it was so much more to millions of Americans. Just wanted to thank Michael for telling his story. You don’t even have to be a sports fan to love this story! I’m 55 years old and even before this book or any other celebration for the Lake Placid Gold came out she knew the story!! Thank you 1980 US Mens Hockey!

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U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.

I LOVED IT! It took me back to 1980 all over again. it's a great read (listen)

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The miracle never gets old.

I am not a sports fan. I'm just not; but I will never forget where I was when the 1980 US Olympic hockey team beat the Russians. I was in my living room and I was 9. If you want to relive that feeling...that sense of patriotism and pride, this book will reignite that flame. Mike's story is real and down to earth. Funny, light-hearted and honest. George Newbern's narration brings the audiobook to life. USA! USA!

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Not a hockey fan but loved this book

I was 4yr old in 1980 so I know of this story by way of ESPN and Sports Illustrated in the 90s-00’s. I loved this book! A commuting page turner.

Chapters 12 & 13 brought tears for all the reasons!

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If you love hockey and the miracle then listen

It was great hearing Mike's story and journey. I thought it was laid out well and very easy to listen. Its a great story.

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USA USA USA!!! 🇺🇸

Great insight from Captain Mike on his life and what it was like for his Team USA! I was born in '82 so I wasn't able to take in the Olympic craze at the time but every American knows about the 1980 "Miracle" on ice!!!

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It was a great book to listen to - but when you know the person speaks in a East Coast accent - the narrator really needed an east coast accent

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Brilliantly inspiring.

I’m not a hockey fan, not even a sports fan. While there is plenty for those who are, this book holds so much more in its chapters. It’s a story about a man and those people in his like whose influences ultimately conspire to alter his destiny. (Their influences and a lot of hard work on Mikes part). The author writes in such a fashion, you want to finish the book in one sitting! Looking forward to his next book!