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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Selena Roberts Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061938917
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“Diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.”

 —New York magazine

 

The New York Times calls sports journalist Selena Roberts’s blistering biography, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, “Important…devastating…merciless.” A columnist for Sports Illustrated, Roberts pulls no punches in her tough and brilliant New York Times bestseller, an exploration of the multi-million-dollar Yankees slugger’s checkered life and career. A-Rod is an eye-opening, unputdownable look at one of the greatest—and most flawed—players in today’s game.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Important ... devastating ... merciless. 

    New York Times

  • “Her reporting is diligent, detailed, and overpowering. This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of bootstrap journalism.”  

    New York magazine 

  • “L.J. Ganser always establishes a consistent tone in his narrations—whether he’s delivering a novel or a nonfiction investigative piece like this. Here he maintains a steady, interested tone—almost, yet not quite, bewildered—as he details Rodriguez’s steroid use, relationships, and calculated public relations efforts. Fans will glean insights as the author reveals a man whose need for acceptance dominates his life.” 

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Curro | 2/15/2014

    " A-Rod by Selena Roberts is a great book about the life story of Alex Rodriguez. This book takes you through the life of A-Rod himself and his path to the majors. This book is fantastic for a baseball lover who likes to read biographies about their favorite players. It also takes you into what happened with the steroids and gives you insight from other players about other players. This book is great and i would recommend it to everyone wanting to learn the life story of perhaps one of the greatest players of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franklin | 2/7/2014

    " I learn new thing about A- Rod i learn his cousin gave him steriod i learn what really happen when he was in a fight with Jason Veritic and i noe what happen with his divorsion with his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 2/7/2014

    " It was definitely entertaining but who knows how much of it is true! I found the lack of proof by the author quite annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Waters | 1/27/2014

    " It was a good read about a great ballplayer fallen victim to many problems, self-inflicted or otherwise cast upon him from outside influences. The book gives enough of a glimpse for the reader to feel sorry for A-Rod, whose career has always been under a microscope with unbelievable expectations always prevalent in everything he does, from his statistics to his on-deck antics. I'm a fan of A-Rod and was thinking the book would be anti-A-Rod, but it humanized him without giving him any shortcuts that his PR-molded persona consistently tries to portray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kistemann | 1/14/2014

    " The book sure does live up to the title, I found myself liking A-Rod, feeling bad for him, liking him less, getting angry for being such a manipulator and in the end indifferent. Very well written, not a bash book like I thought it would be. I'm glad I made time to read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rev Gary | 12/31/2013

    " She sure got all the dirt on A-Rod. She showed him the way he really is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Widman | 12/11/2013

    " Very well done, really puts things in prospective. A Rod not clean as we would have thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/27/2013

    " It was a rare look into the life of one of baseball's controversial players. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottp | 11/12/2013

    " Finally a book that shows the real side of A-Fraud! Or maybe he should be called A-Roid! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 11/10/2013

    " I was a fan of A-Rods prior to reading this book & still remain a fan. I'm a bit disappointed, as a fan, that Alex would choose to use steroids to improve his God-given talent but feel he was "swept" into a world he could only have imagined living in growing up in the D.R. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 11/9/2013

    " Behind the scenes of one of baseball's most infamous players. Fascinatingly captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 4/6/2013

    " Makes the case why athletes in the USA are given way too much importance. Exposes the disgusting self privileged, conceited, selfish Yankee 3rd basemen, for what he is and unfortunately what is rewarded in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/27/2012

    " A light read but fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Doherty | 11/26/2010

    " I never liked this guy and now I know why....he doesn't care about baseball...all he every cared about is himself...get over yourself Alex "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Jones | 10/4/2010

    " I learned that although I love a scandal, especially involving baseball, I am not interested in A-Rod. This could have been written better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 6/1/2010

    " I never really liked A-Rod and reading this book confirmed that fact for me. It was well written and a good look at the steriod problem facing baseball "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Brown | 3/6/2010

    " A hit piece for a piece of crap. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 11/15/2009

    " I've got one word for Alex. Spoiled. The question still remains, is he still one of the best players out there even with the steroids? Alex your still cute as can be though and your a Yankee count your blessings. "

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About the Author

Selena Roberts, formerly a columnist for the New York Times, is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. She lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.