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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Zupan Narrator: Mark Zupan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780061230486
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Mark Zupan was a college soccer star, out drinking one night with friends. Tired from the game and from a few too many beers, he decided to take a nap in the back of his best friend's pickup truck. Still asleep when the pickup started and drove away, he was suddenly jolted awake when the truck crashed. Mark was thrown into a canal and stuck for fourteen hours. When he was finally rescued, Mark discovered the terrible truth—he'd broken his neck and was likely a quadriplegic, facing life in a wheelchair and only limited use of all four limbs.

At first Mark's only goal was to walk again, and when that proved impossible he fell into a terrible despair, furious with himself and increasingly bitter. But through love, friendship, and an introduction to a new sport, Mark has gone on to create an existence that's truly exceptional. Now a Paralymic athlete (playing Quad Rubgy, aka "murderball"), Mark's memoir explains that in a way getting hurt was the best thing that ever could have happened to him. Inspiring, defiant, and revealing, GIMP will appeal not only to fans of Murderball, but also to anyone ready to be motivated by a story about triumphing over the odds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in the film, Zupan makes an unforgettable impression with his raw, brash energy.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Despite the hardships Zupan has endured, he firmly believes he’s a lucky guy, and that optimistic attitude is what makes his memoir so enjoyable: it really is a story about success and tackling life on one’s own terms.” 

    Booklist

  • “While Zupan acknowledges his feelings of despair and loss as he went through rehab, his reading overall is optimistic and upbeat.”  

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Taylor | 10/13/2012

    " I dont like it :C So far it's been really difficult to read and just get into it, I or someone else has to tell me to sit down and read for a while, eh; forced reading. Ive never sat down and watched a full documentary, it's just not my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/1/2010

    " A very strong willed young man. Remarkable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/1/2010

    " Loved Murderball and loved this book. Very honest and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/26/2010

    " Excellent book about an inspirational man. I saw Murderball a few years ago, and now I want to see it again after reading about his life. Definitely puts things into perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/13/2009

    " I picked up this book after I saw the documentary "Murderball"-both book and movie are terrific and honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/26/2009

    " This is one of those books that lifts your spirit and makes you feel like you could accomplish anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/16/2008

    " Another book about living life defiantly with a spinal cord injury. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 3/24/2008

    " If you liked the documentary Murder Ball, this book gives you alot more background on one of the atheletes shown in the film. Written in a way that seems to have captured Mark Zupan's personality and spirit from what I can tell from teh film and the language, it makes for engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/4/2008

    " This is a very inspirational story. I'm a big fan of the documentary "Murderball" which stars Mark Zupan so I was very excited when I saw that he wrote a book based on his experiences. I highly recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 2/24/2008

    " Yet another one of my favorite books lol. I loved the straight-forwardness of this book. Mark told it how it was and didn't hold anything back. After seeing the Murderball movie this was a must read and did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/23/2008

    " The book is a little better than OK, but not the inspiring tale I have been led to believe it would be. I don't understand why every new quad gets a copy of this book in some of the rehab hospitals I have worked with. So far, just a lot of depression and anger. "

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About the Author

Mark Zupan is a Paralympic medal winner and the star of the MTV/ThinkFilm documentary Murderball. He lives in Austin.