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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Brown Narrator: Scott Brown Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062064509
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Against All Odds is the extraordinary personal story of the man who rose up to meet the challenge of terrific opposition and become one of America's most promising new political figures—Senator Scott Brown. Brown is famous for succeeding popular Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy after Kennedy’s death in 2010—but, as he reveals in a compelling memoir reminiscent of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue and Clarence Thomas’s My Grandfather’s Son, his experiences with struggle and achievement go back a lifetime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A[n] engaging autobiography…A rags-to-riches narrative that sometimes recalls Horatio Alger…Lyricism and occasional symbolic richness emerge in these pages.” 

    New York Review of Books

  • “Dramatic…Poignant…Scott Brown’s life could have veered horribly wrong so many times, as he amply demonstrates in his disquieting memoir…A reader will get an everything’s-finally-right-with-the-world thrill from his success in life.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Powerful stuff…This isn’t your typical memoir. It is brutally honest, difficult to read, and important.” 

    Tuscon Citizen

  • “A fresh, compelling memoir of a childhood that could have led to a miserable life, but didn’t…Brown’s straightforward narrative makes for a good read.”  

    Louisville Couier Journal

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 2/7/2014

    " 2 stars for the first 2/3 of the book, but 4 for the last. I'll settle on 3. Loved him doing his own thing politically, but I agree with another reviewer on the site who indicated that he comes off as a pretentious d-bag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Brown definitely overcame a tough background and did not let it hold him back or use it as an excuse. We need more people like him to run for public office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deuce Bigelow | 1/28/2014

    " He had a very colorful upbringing...and a terrible book editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane M | 1/28/2014

    " While I have not always agreed with Scott Brown's reaching across the aisle, reading about his life provides a clearer understanding as to the "why" of his decisions as a Senator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/15/2014

    " Not bad...he is an amazing person, full of determination, integrity and hard work!!! Quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 1/10/2014

    " This is pretty boring so far and a bit dragged out, I'm going to give it 50 more pages before I give up on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Holencik | 11/30/2013

    " Scott life is an inspiration to keep moving and not quit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/6/2013

    " I really liked this book. He had quite the life to say the least. At the end he talked about his political career which was of less interest to me, but all in all good, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty Ann | 5/7/2013

    " Fascinating story, but TMI for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 3/13/2013

    " I don't know what I was expecting but I really enjoyed this book very much. Scott Brown suffered many adversities in his life but he used them to his advantage to learn and grown and move forward in a positive direction. A very inspiring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 3/8/2013

    " Interesting; sometimes a dry read, but was glad to have read it. Aptly names. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Wolfred | 1/7/2013

    " This is the type of book I like. The true story of the new US Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown. I am very inspired and encouraged after reading this account of his life, how he struggled, overcame adversity, and how he has served his country for 30 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 12/29/2012

    " I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Poulsen | 8/3/2012

    " Good book. A great example of someone proving to me that your life is what you make of it and regardless of your past your future can be different. A good lesson for me to learn during an extremely difficult time of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorettajo Kapinos | 7/26/2012

    " My complete review can be found at lorettajokapinos.blogspot.com "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/6/2012

    " Memoir that reflects a strong spirit reminiscent of glass castle....really enjoyed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Bentley | 12/9/2011

    " Wow! What a great read! The purpose of this book is to show how one can overcome many challenging obstacles in life, and still build a better future. Well done! I'm very honored to have met Scott Brown and have the privilege to shake his hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/3/2011

    " Love this book. Should be made into a movie. Hope he becomes Prez. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2011

    " I really liked this book. He had quite the life to say the least. At the end he talked about his political career which was of less interest to me, but all in all good, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vance | 4/14/2011

    " This is a great book. More men like this need to run for political office in this country. If not for his ideology, for his character. His resilience to the obstacles that he faces and the attitude he chooses to have, have makes it easier for me to choose a positive attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 3/30/2011

    " This is the type of book I like. The true story of the new US Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown. I am very inspired and encouraged after reading this account of his life, how he struggled, overcame adversity, and how he has served his country for 30 years.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mgharvey | 3/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Brown definitely overcame a tough background and did not let it hold him back or use it as an excuse. We need more people like him to run for public office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/12/2011

    " Memoir that reflects a strong spirit reminiscent of glass castle....really enjoyed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 3/1/2011

    " Love this book. Should be made into a movie. Hope he becomes Prez. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 2/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would "

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About the Author

US Senator Scott Brown was elected by the people of Massachusetts on January 19, 2010, to fill the term of the late senator Ted Kennedy. He lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Gail, and their two daughters.