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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: Arnie Mazer and Sean Runnette Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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When college basketball teams make it to the NCAA tournament, they say they're going to the dance. John Feinstein's riveting new book is the story of the last dance: the Final Four. There is no event in sports quite like it. The Final Four draws millions to their televisions and thousands to a chosen city; attendance is topped only by the Super Bowl. It is the epicenter of sports madness, a circus of media, coaches, and fans swirling around the four teams talented enough to have made it to the end.

Tracking the four teams in 2005's Final Four, Michigan State's Spartans, the University of Louisville's Cardinals, the University of Illinois's Fighting Illini, and the University of North Carolina's Tar Heels, John Feinstein tells the story of a definitive and dramatic tournament. Here are the stories of UCLA's John Wooden, UNC's Dean Smith, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, telling of Final Four dynasties that defined the sport. Here are great players like Bill Bradley, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, and Sean May, who thought they'd never make it to college basketball's final weekend. Here are the late nights at the coaches' hotel, where careers are advanced (or not). Here are the players in the 2005 Final Four trying to practice, eat, rest, and play, knowing that they will be remembered by these games for the rest of their lives.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/14/2014

    " Although Feinstein is far too Atlantic Coast Conference-"centric" to me, this was a good behind the scene story of the greatest weekend in sports--The Final Four Weekend. The weekend is a celebration of all that is good with the sport and unfortunately all that is bad with the game as well. Feinstein brings it all alive with good back stories and brings the game alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash Crowe | 2/9/2014

    " If Feinstein had followed another year, 2001 for example, I would have enjoyed it more. But, even though UNC won it all in the year covered, Feinstein's writing is compelling and made me wish the next season started tomorrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed the content of the book, it was an interesting look at the Final Four over the years. However, the writing is somewhat repetitive, and just so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 2/1/2014

    " An interesting book. Gives you a good feel for what the Final Four is all about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 1/28/2014

    " This was a very "eh" book. Not much about the actual teams in the final four. Some focus on the coaches, none on the players, more focus on some guys who've been associated with the final four for a while. Not a great read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Hinsley | 1/20/2014

    " A little too corporate. A little too inside. It reads like an "as told to" account. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 1/11/2014

    " Very anecdotal, seemed disjointed and not much of a story/theme. Just a bunch of semi-related stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Hovis | 1/6/2014

    " Focuses on the 2005 Final Four (when UNC won). Lots about Duke and UNC in it, so great read for UNC basketball fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miller.Cole | 1/5/2014

    " I think this is a good book, but not my favorite. I am almost done with it. Its about the finial four and all of the trips and people that were involved at times it gets confusing because the author jumps from story to story but you get back into it pretty fast. "

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

    " Interesting..Dance has become my passion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shar | 12/29/2013

    " Great read for March. Feinstein is a good reporter and a good thinker about sports, especially college sports. In this book he gives us a good look behind the scenes. I especially liked his organization that gives us a good look at the basketball committee and the legends of the game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Duble | 12/16/2013

    " The Final Four is something that is well known, but the interaction of the coaches that do not get to Monday night is something far less known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Martin | 9/21/2013

    " If you like NCAA Basketball, you will love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/22/2013

    " As a Maryland fan, I enjoyed the inclusion of Gary and Lefty as well as the focus on the ACC with Duke and UNC. As a relatively new college basketball fan, the chance to learn more about the history of the sport and the ACC was just what I needed. I'm ready for basketball season! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 11/17/2012

    " I hate books that claim to be 'behind the scenes' but really aren't that in-depth. This is one of them. It's just not interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/14/2012

    " An insider's perspective on what the Final Four is like, with emphasis on a detailed account of the 2005 Final Four. The chapters on referees and on the selection committee were the best, containing interesting inside dope and entertaining anecdotes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 10/17/2012

    " It follows the 2005 NCAA basketball tourney, but focuses way way way too much on UNC and Duke. This guy has something for Coach K and Roy Williams. I mean I know they are great coahces but don't try to trick me into thinking this book is about all four final four teams because it is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 9/11/2012

    " Never thought about reaching the Final Four that coaches are viewed different. More respect. Good good read about what a coach goes through to get to the final four. John Feinstein great author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ConnieK | 9/2/2012

    " Phenomenal book about inner workings of the Final Four "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Shaurette | 7/8/2012

    " Highly engaging and fast-paced, but a little repetitive at times and too heavily focused on the ACC and certain teams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/29/2012

    " If your a NCAA basketball fan and/or a John Feinstein fan, you should find this book enjoyable. Feinstein revisits many of the different facets of the Final Four from many coaches, players, and even the referees aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abram | 1/27/2012

    " My good friend Andy gave this to me a few years ago.... Feinstein is self-aggrandizing and flatters the coaches, but he is also an engaging writer. This is a quick, satisfying story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Sager | 10/15/2011

    " Decent read, very similar to A good walk spoiled but basketball related. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby | 6/6/2011

    " Hacky, hacky, hacky, Mr. Feinstein. I've read other books of yours and enjoyed them. But other books didn't editorialize nearly so much. Report if you're going to report, buddy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/25/2011

    " I listened to the abridged audiobook of this story. It was really interesting. I learned way more about college basketball's final four. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 8/4/2010

    " Good book which brings to life the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament from the participants perspective. How coaches, NCAA officials, referee's, press and players feel about the tournament and their thoughts and feelings as they experience the tournament. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 1/18/2010

    " Decent read, very similar to A good walk spoiled but basketball related. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 6/29/2009

    " A little too corporate. A little too inside. It reads like an "as told to" account. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/8/2009

    " Good book which brings to life the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament from the participants perspective. How coaches, NCAA officials, referee's, press and players feel about the tournament and their thoughts and feelings as they experience the tournament. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 4/14/2009

    " This was a very "eh" book. Not much about the actual teams in the final four. Some focus on the coaches, none on the players, more focus on some guys who've been associated with the final four for a while. Not a great read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/30/2009

    " If your a NCAA basketball fan and/or a John Feinstein fan, you should find this book enjoyable. Feinstein revisits many of the different facets of the Final Four from many coaches, players, and even the referees aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abram | 1/8/2009

    " My good friend Andy gave this to me a few years ago.... Feinstein is self-aggrandizing and flatters the coaches, but he is also an engaging writer. This is a quick, satisfying story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/11/2008

    " I listened to the abridged audiobook of this story. It was really interesting. I learned way more about college basketball's final four. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 8/23/2008

    " I hate books that claim to be 'behind the scenes' but really aren't that in-depth. This is one of them. It's just not interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/23/2008

    " An insider's perspective on what the Final Four is like, with emphasis on a detailed account of the 2005 Final Four. The chapters on referees and on the selection committee were the best, containing interesting inside dope and entertaining anecdotes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby | 4/1/2008

    " Hacky, hacky, hacky, Mr. Feinstein. I've read other books of yours and enjoyed them. But other books didn't editorialize nearly so much. Report if you're going to report, buddy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/19/2008

    " It follows the 2005 NCAA basketball tourney, but focuses way way way too much on UNC and Duke. This guy has something for Coach K and Roy Williams. I mean I know they are great coahces but don't try to trick me into thinking this book is about all four final four teams because it is not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shimana | 2/19/2008

    " Interesting..Dance has become my passion
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash | 2/12/2008

    " If Feinstein had followed another year, 2001 for example, I would have enjoyed it more. But, even though UNC won it all in the year covered, Feinstein's writing is compelling and made me wish the next season started tomorrow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ConnieK | 2/6/2008

    " Phenomenal book about inner workings of the Final Four "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.