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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lewis Narrator: Michael Lewis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739320426
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A story with a big heart about a boy, a coach, the game of baseball, and the game of life.

"There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever." There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do." The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/3/2014

    " Great read. Caused me to think back on my athletic experiences and how they shaped my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leonora | 12/31/2013

    " What I assume was an essay stretched out to fit in a novella format. A nice read but a lot of it is very much "Kids/parents today!!!, doesn't really compare to Lewis' other work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 11/19/2013

    " Very short read but resonates with anyone who has had a coach / mentor / advisor with a profound influence. While a predecessor to The Blind Side, this book mentions Sean Tuohy, the father in Blind Side as he grew up with Lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/15/2013

    " Very good short book. Deals with being part of a team, making committments, being a parent, and understanding what some brilliant coaches are trying to teach us at young ages through their unconventional ways. I strongly reccommend this book to anyone whether you have an interest in baseball or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drusilla | 10/28/2013

    " Very quick read - less than an hour. Great book for coaches to read. Really emphasizes the importance a coach plays in the lives of each of their players. Fitz wanted to make a difference in each of his players' lives as well as to win the game, playing their hardest... Definitely reinforced my ideas/ideals as a coach.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 10/18/2013

    " The author of this book spoke at my graduation from Tulane Graduate School--for someone I never heard of he gave a wonderful and inspiring speech. I bought the book for my spouse shortly thereafter for Father's Day, it is very short so I thought it would be ideal given his non-work related literature phobia. It took me less than 2 hours to read this book today, served as nice dose of life coaching, told in a magnetic fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 10/17/2013

    " This was really just a long essay that took all of an hour to read. Not bad, and a few passages -- especially one when he remembers an experience with his coach when he was a freshman -- that absolutely sing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 10/15/2013

    " Great book, and a super-short read. Makes the point that self-esteem, confidence and success are earned and not bestowed (despite many parents best intentions) without being preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 9/27/2013

    " Short story of Michael Lewis' high school baseball coach, and the change of the times. Lewis recounts the challenges his coach is having with these younger students and reminisces about the lessons he learned on the diamond. Nice little gem, poignant but not overdone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devi | 9/16/2013

    " Continuing to plow through the Michael Lewis canon; this was a nice salve to my "Liar's Poker"-induced agita. Three cheers for "Coach" -- a new favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 8/23/2013

    " A simple, short book (more an article, really) on the role a former coach had on the author's life and how coaching times have changed. I'm not very into sports, but wanted a quick, light and enjoyable read one evening and this did the trick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/25/2013

    " Cheated...didn't actually read this. Listened to it on CD in the car. Learned the Michael Lewis went to the same school as Peyton Manning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander Huynh | 2/9/2013

    " Simple sweet and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 2/3/2013

    " winning isn't everything, it's the effort involved and trying your best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 10/18/2012

    " another good one, easy small book read recommended for everyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/14/2012

    " Really enjoyed these short essays from a variety of writers about coaches that made a positive impact for them or in some cases could have been more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 9/26/2012

    " If you've ever had a coach that you still remember well into adulthood you'll like this book. Its also an extremely quick read. It could have been a long article in a magazine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jihae | 7/23/2012

    " I love everything Michael Lewis writes so I am overlooking the fact that this is basically one long article (you can read it in an hour) posing as a book, very slim on content. I am puzzled why there are wholesome-america photos that you would normally find already inserted in the photo album. Why? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/29/2012

    " A quick read that I really enjoyed. Good humor. Fun to see links to the Blind Side dad's professional sports career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 1/30/2012

    " Great book on what athletics can teach you about life. I was lucky enough to have two coaches like this guy in high school. I still hated them at the time, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/16/2012

    " i love stories about when authors were kids. we all have 'em, some people just take the time to write 'em down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 5/11/2011

    " Very quick read, a look at Lewis' baseball coach in high school and how times have changed. Nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/8/2011

    " A quick read that I really enjoyed. Good humor. Fun to see links to the Blind Side dad's professional sports career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/19/2010

    " Really enjoyed these short essays from a variety of writers about coaches that made a positive impact for them or in some cases could have been more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/19/2010

    " Very sweet book about a boy and the coach that changed his life. I like Lewis's writing and thought it would be good background as Charlie gets older -- and I could relate a little also -- notwithstanding the private prep school milieu that gave rise to the Manning brothers, among others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 7/7/2010

    " A great book to see the impact a good coach can have on the lives of youth. If you are a fan of Michael Lewis this could be even more interesting as you will see where he met some of the people he writes about in other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/22/2010

    " Very quick read. But a nice, simple story about what it means to be a good coach. I wish Lewis had written more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chazz | 4/20/2010

    " I need to find my inner Coach Fitz much more often.

    Anyway, a short book, but a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/23/2010

    " Great book, and a super-short read. Makes the point that self-esteem, confidence and success are earned and not bestowed (despite many parents best intentions) without being preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 1/6/2010

    " If you've ever had a coach that you still remember well into adulthood you'll like this book. Its also an extremely quick read. It could have been a long article in a magazine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/26/2009

    " Cheated...didn't actually read this. Listened to it on CD in the car. Learned the Michael Lewis went to the same school as Peyton Manning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 7/11/2009

    " Great book on what athletics can teach you about life. I was lucky enough to have two coaches like this guy in high school. I still hated them at the time, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tagg | 6/1/2009

    " A quick (30-minute) read but great insight into one of the traps of modern parenthood--overprotecting your child and not letting them learn lessons the hard way "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 5/13/2009

    " winning isn't everything, it's the effort involved and trying your best. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the bestselling author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, and others. He has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2009. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and Gourmet; he worked as an editor for the British weekly the Spectator and as a senior editor and campaign correspondent for the New Republic. In addition to his writing, Lewis has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC’s Nightline. He holds a BA in art history from Princeton and an MS in economics from the London School of Economics. Lewis and his wife live in Berkeley, California.