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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams Narrator: Arnie Mazer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739323816
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The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down

For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sports, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers brought fans back to baseball, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the athletes to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a tiny nutritional supplement company that, according to sworn testimony, was supplying elite athletes with banned drugs. The stories shocked the nation and the exposés led to congressional hearings on baseball's drug problems and a revived effort to purge the U.S. Olympic movement of drug cheats.

Now, in GAME OF SHADOWS, Fainaru-Wada and Williams tell the complete story of BALCO and the investigation that has shaken the foundations of the sporting world. And at the center of the story is the biggest star of them all, Barry Bonds, the muscle-bound MVP outfielder for the San Francisco Giants whose suspicious late-career renaissance has him threatening Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.

Shocking, revelatory, and riveting, GAME OF SHADOWS casts light into the shadows of American sports to reveal the dark truths at the heart of the game today.


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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Smith | 2/4/2014

    " Very readable, perhaps too long and I guess I came out of it knowing more detail but really not learning anything new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/3/2014

    " Stunning information, with plenty of evidence to support it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/24/2014

    " This is a complete inside look at how steroids has turned professional sports upside down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/22/2014

    " Extremely well researched. Not sure how anyone can read this book and not be disgusted with Bonds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 1/5/2014

    " Great book, information that Sports fans needed to know, but it strikes a nerve with me knowing how many people CHEATED. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karis North | 12/31/2013

    " Read on vacation. So disturbing and disappointing for any fan of sport, especially baseball and track & field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/21/2013

    " Not bad, if you like this sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/24/2013

    " The Balco story got a lot of coverage but this is where it all began. I disliked Barry Bonds before I read this book - it just intensified my disrespect for him. What a waste... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad | 9/6/2013

    " Very well done. Excellent investigative sports journalism. More sportswriters should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 7/27/2013

    " Barry's a cheat and his records should not stand. Case closed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/27/2013

    " Victor Conte is a fascinating little man. This book delves way more into track and field than it does into baseball. But it's an interesting look at Balco, Bonds, and the steriod scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kistemann | 3/10/2013

    " I never liked Bonds but after reading this detailed account of his arrogance and lack of accountability I dislike him a lot more. Very descriptive book of the balco scandal and the athletes involved with performance enhancing drugs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/28/2013

    " Barry Bonds is a terrible person...enough said "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Embrey | 1/8/2013

    " Stunning, eye-popping account of the true world of sports. As a major sports fan, this book both sickened & educated me. Additionally, Bonds is a racist piece of shit that loathes white people. Note to Barry: Hank is still the home run king, you retarded fuck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 11/30/2012

    " Great uncovering of a cheater "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 9/23/2012

    " For any baseball/ Giants fan/ Bonds disbeliever... this is a great one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/11/2012

    " His skull grew!!! And he was 35!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 5/11/2012

    " Barry did steroids and so did a lot of other athletes. After reading this, there is no doubt about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navajojim | 4/12/2012

    " Very informative with a great insight, seriously disturbing as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Wielgus | 1/28/2012

    " A must-read for baseball fans. Really, for sports fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/20/2011

    " Quite eye opening to the lengths that some athletes are willing to go to attain "greatness" in their sport. Also, the trainers that don't seem to have a problem helping them cheat is extraordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/17/2011

    " Very interesting book, I didn't think I could dislike Bonds any more than I did, but I do after reading this. Shows the prevalence of steroids in both baseball and track and field, tying in well with the recent news of Marion Jones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/15/2011

    " You have to wonder how much of this book is honestly true and how much is just stringing together events to make it look good. However, I found it very entertaining and somewhat convincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Graham | 6/30/2011

    " Investigative journalism at its finest. Even though we all know the outcome, it's paced in such a breathless manner that your brain tricks itself into thinking all the "bad guys" are going to get caught and pay for their indiscretions. If only... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberto Carlos | 5/25/2011

    " This book makes true sports fan feel robbed by all the "steroid stars". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/24/2011

    " Quite eye opening to the lengths that some athletes are willing to go to attain "greatness" in their sport. Also, the trainers that don't seem to have a problem helping them cheat is extraordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad | 4/16/2011

    " Very well done. Excellent investigative sports journalism. More sportswriters should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/11/2010

    " Once you get used to the terminology used it can be a pretty interesting and at times gripping story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 10/14/2010

    " Barry did steroids and so did a lot of other athletes. After reading this, there is no doubt about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 8/3/2010

    " a bit boring, only read it to see what they had to say about Bonds "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew William | 2/14/2010

    " Badly written, but well thought out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/3/2010

    " Barry Bonds is a terrible human being and a cheater. Also Marion Jones is a liar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tajma | 9/21/2009

    " Fascinating, the lengths to which these people will go to protect their lies. This is a simple read and will only take a few hours. If you love sports, it's worth the time just to know how this steroid stuff works. I was riveted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 6/28/2009

    " The title is missleading in that it does not address the Bonds issue until chapter 5. It was a good read and informative.
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About the Author

Mark Fainaru-Wada is an investigative reporter for ESPN. With his colleague Lance Williams, he coauthored the New York Times bestseller Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports. He lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife and children.