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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeremy Schaap Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781415922460
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Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport’s true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed “Cinderella Man” by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. The diminutive, loquacious Jew and the burly, quiet Irishman made one of boxing’s oddest couples, but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history. In twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, the Livermore Butcher Boy, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A charismatic, natural talent and in every way Braddock’s foil, Baer was a towering opponent, a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of the ring. A ten-to-one underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world, when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing had ever seen.

Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderellla Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Boxing enthusiasts will be more than satisfied by Schaap’s meticulous account, which includes round-by-round details of the fight, as well as profiles of other fighters of the era. Not overly emotional, the story hits a nerve at just the right moments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The fights here are crisply drawn, and Braddock’s upsets have that Hoosiers thrill factor. Plus, it’s refreshing to find a boxing story where the right guy wins, nobody cheats, and most everyone lives happily ever after.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/18/2014

    " Very good. Still haven't seen the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/18/2014

    " A great book about a great story...almost too good to be true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/21/2013

    " I'd already seen the movie, so I knew the basic story. But since I'm currently heavily interested in boxing, I decided I'd read the book too. I really enjoyed it. Schaap does a great job keeping the narrative moving. This is a fantastic story, and Schaap tells it well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 10/21/2013

    " I really liked this book. I loved the intricate detail it went into with each of the fighters history. I really enjoyed the writing style. And of course, a heart-warming story about how an underdog who loved his family, overcame all odds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 4/25/2013

    " This was a fascinating book about an era in sport I knew little about. It was one of those books that I really could not put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 3/22/2013

    " if you like a good underdog tale, thats not a hollywood hash-up then you might like this story. A must for boxing enthusists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tin niT | 1/6/2013

    " James Braddock, laki-laki berotot tapi berhati lembut.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Benedict | 12/6/2012

    " A really good book for any boxing fan. It was also a nice bit of historical nonfiction about life in the 1930's Americana "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doc Mcgarey | 11/17/2012

    " Terrific period piece of Depression era 1930s New York. Braddocks story is one that brings to life the real struggles of the times. He is a fighter in every sense of the word. I like this red for young athletes and their parents on what it takes to succeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. John | 10/12/2012

    " Mr. Schapp does a superb job of describing ther man and describing the game. This was a real page turner. I saw the movie too; loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 4/8/2012

    " This was a very intresting look at this period of time. I loved the contrast between James Braddock and Max Baer. With James seeming to be a very humble good guy unlike Max "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth | 1/19/2012

    " With the current economic situation, I've enjoyed reading about the 1930's depression and dust bowl, but this book is more. It's a story about three contrasting personalities: Braddock, Baer and Braddock's manager. Enjoyed the movie and the book equally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Brown | 11/23/2011

    " Fantastic! The movie was great, but that made Max Baer look like such a weiner. In real life, he was nicer and more likeable. Braddock was pretty amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. | 5/4/2011

    " Mr. Schapp does a superb job of describing ther man and describing the game. This was a real page turner. I saw the movie too; loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 10/18/2010

    " This was a very intresting look at this period of time. I loved the contrast between James Braddock and Max Baer. With James seeming to be a very humble good guy unlike Max "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth | 7/21/2009

    " With the current economic situation, I've enjoyed reading about the 1930's depression and dust bowl, but this book is more. It's a story about three contrasting personalities: Braddock, Baer and Braddock's manager. Enjoyed the movie and the book equally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/4/2009

    " Very good. Still haven't seen the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 8/22/2008

    " A great book about a great story...almost too good to be true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 7/15/2008

    " if you like a good underdog tale, thats not a hollywood hash-up then you might like this story. A must for boxing enthusists "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/15/2008

    " I'd already seen the movie, so I knew the basic story. But since I'm currently heavily interested in boxing, I decided I'd read the book too. I really enjoyed it. Schaap does a great job keeping the narrative moving. This is a fantastic story, and Schaap tells it well. "

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About the Author
Author Jeremy SchaapAn ESPN anchor and national correspondent, Jeremy Schaap is a host of ESPN's Outside the Lines as well as its acclaimed SportsCentury series. An Emmy Award®-winning reporter, he has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Time, Parade, and the New York Times. Schaap is a native of New York City and the son of award-winning journalist Dick Schaap.
About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.