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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: Arnie Mazer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831430
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America’s favorite sportswriter teams up with Red Auerbach, the most successful and admired coach in basketball history, to tell the best stories of a legendary life.

Living legend Arnold “Red” Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships, eight of them consecutive, during his seventeen year tenure in Boston from 1950 to 1966. The fiery coach is a unique personality: brash, opinionated, and unfailingly accurate. As a coach, he never stood still along the sidelines, and in retirement he remains a lively part of the game, still consulted by coaches, players, and general managers in his eighties.

For years, John Feinstein has met regularly with Red and his friends, drawing out Red’s life story in a raucous series of unforgettable sessions. From those smoke- and laughter-filled rooms come the colorful reports about all the players and coaches Red has worked with and played against over the years. Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan—you name them—the basketball greats are all here.

Red Auerbach’s incredible experiences in sports and John Feinstein’s unparalleled skill as a sports storyteller make this one of the greatest books to come out of the game of basketball.

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  • “A fascinating life story, a terrific basketball book, and a compelling look at generations communicating around a modern-day campfire.”

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  • “An exceptionally enjoyable read.”

    Library Journal

  • “Auerbach’s stories, as related through author John Feinstein, are witty, observant, and well told. Narrator Arnie Mazer’s voice is just right for the two of them, making Auerbach come across not as a man living in the past, but as a likable, generous, and dryly funny guy whose friends and memories are the most important things in his life.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/20/2014

    " Great book on the history of basketball and the Boston Celtics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/16/2014

    " Red is an amazing person and a great story teller. John Feinstein provides background for, and insight around Red's great stories. This book gives the reader a great understanding of not only how important Red was to the Celtics, but to professional basketball. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keagan | 2/10/2014

    " I thought this was a very good book based solely on the riveting stories of Red. I thought Feinstein jumped around a lot and it lacked great continuity, but it was very enjoyable nonetheless. A must read for any fan of basketball, leadership, or the Boston Celtics. "

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

    " Not really an autobiography (which is what I thought it would be), but more Feinstein recounting stories he's heard Red tell over the years, with his own commentary. Still entertaining, though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cfxkennedy | 2/3/2014

    " Great story and insights into one of my idols who I got to meet on a couple of occasions. Even if you know nothing about basketball it is a fun read. Lots of personalities come into play. I loved every word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Hill | 1/27/2014

    " I am a life long Celtics fan. Whenever Byrd was playing in the 80's, I was watching. During those years I developed a love for Celtics history. Red Auerbach has been my favorite NBA icon because of that celebratory cigar when he knew he had you beat with 3 minutes to go. This book covers Celtics history up to about 2 years before Auerbachs death. I covers Russell, Cousy, Byrd and the tragedy of Len Bias. If you love the Celts...you should have already read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/17/2014

    " Some great stories, really interesting and entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidie | 1/6/2014

    " I wish it wasn't abridged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Sudfeld | 1/4/2014

    " Other than some occasional bad language, I enjoy all of Feinstein's books. This was is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 12/27/2013

    " John Feinstein at his best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/22/2013

    " Great book detailing the life of one of basketballs greatest coaches "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/6/2013

    " I got this book at the dollar store . . . maybe the highest quality/price ratio outside of garage sales . . . EVER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G Scott | 9/7/2013

    " Second best NBA book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goodreadsscannertesting | 7/5/2013

    " I love the Celtics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 9/11/2012

    " Colorful stories from a colorful man...well-written, as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 7/8/2012

    " This is a must-read for anyone who likes the game of basketball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/9/2012

    " I read and really liked the first copule chapters of this book while staying at my brother's - it was in the bathroom book bin. Next time I'm over there, I'm just gonna take it! I'd like to finish it, since it really was full of great Red Auerbach anecdotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/5/2012

    " I bought this book because it was cheap and ended up enjoying it far more than I expected. In addition, to telling Auerbach life story the book also describes a regular weekly lunch that Auerbach always attended with his friends at a chinese restaurant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronya | 4/13/2012

    " Necessary reading for basketball fans from the guy who was there from the beginning. John Feinstein--incredible writing, as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/11/2012

    " This is one of the best sports books I've ever read. A great insight to Red Auerbach and Celtic basketball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/6/2011

    " Wow, what a great book. This book will make you a fan of Red Auerbach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/14/2011

    " Feinstein portrays Red, the marvelous storyteller, as only a friend can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bfeyen | 3/15/2011

    " great book of anecdotal stories from the life of Red Auerbach "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/21/2010

    " Red Auerbach was amazing. The book dragged in spots, but mostly was a wonderful glimpse of basketball history. Did I ever tell you I spoke to Red Auerbach? I called his house one day for work....and he answered! Bet he is not still talking about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/19/2010

    " I bought this book because it was cheap and ended up enjoying it far more than I expected. In addtion, to telling Auerbach life story the book also describes a regular weekly lunch that Auerbach always attended with his friends at a chinese restaurant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 6/7/2010

    " Second best NBA book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/28/2010

    " This is one of the best sports books I've ever read. A great insight to Red Auerbach and Celtic basketball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/29/2010

    " Wow, what a great book. This book will make you a fan of Red Auerbach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 8/31/2009

    " This is a must-read for anyone who likes the game of basketball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bfeyen | 7/17/2009

    " great book of anecdotal stories from the life of Red Auerbach "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/6/2009

    " I got this book at the dollar store . . . maybe the highest quality/price ratio outside of garage sales . . . EVER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/3/2009

    " Colorful stories from a colorful man...well-written, as usual. "

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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.