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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Reng Narrator: John Telfer Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why does an international footballer with the World at his feet decide to take his own life? On November 10, 2009, the German national goalkeeper Robert Enke stepped in front of a passing train. He was 32 years old. Viewed from the outside, Enke had it all. Here was a professional goalkeeper who had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona. Enke was destined to be his country's first choice for years to come. But beneath the bright veneer of success lay a darker story.

In A Life Too Short, award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his lost friend's life. Reng brings into sharp relief the specific demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport. Heartfelt but never sentimental, he tells the universal tragedy of a talented man's struggles against his own demons.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcus Bosano | 2/18/2014

    " Heart breaking in so many ways... Compelling and provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig | 2/3/2014

    " Much more than another football book, this is really a brilliant, moving examination of depression in a man who happened to be a goalkeeper. In fact, the descriptions of the nature and effects of depression, particularly in chapter 12 and the final quarter of the book, are better than those in texts specifically for coaching or learning about depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 1/30/2014

    " This book was really interesting and painful at the same time. It is such an intimate biography of Robert Enke that I almost felt like I knew him by the end. All through the book I kept willing him to pull out of his depression, however the painful ending came anyway. I learnt a lot about depression from this book, and identified in a small way with the mental challenges goalkeepers face. This book is not one I'll forget quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trio25 | 1/18/2014

    " I'm never sure about sport biographies, a lot of them are not very well written and I get bored partway through. this book is completely different. it is well written and interesting. You can tell that the author is a personal friend. He deals with the subject of depression in a compassionate way and you really get an idea of what it was like for Enkle and for his family and friends. I'd recommend this book to people with no interest in football as well. "

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