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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Plimpton Narrator: L. J. Ganser, Tom Wolfe, Steve Almond Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781478981183
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George Plimpton’s follow-up to Paper Lion, one of his personal favorites among his classics—now recorded and including a foreword from Steve Almond. In Mad Ducks and Bears, George Plimpton’s engaging companion to Paper Lion, Plimpton focuses on two of the most entertaining and roguish linemen and former teammates—Alex Karras (“Mad Ducks”) and John Gordy (“Bears”), both of whom went on to achieve brilliant post-football success.

A more reflective, less madcap audiobook than Plimpton’s other work, Mad Ducks and Bears is no less truthful and searching. In this fond exploration of football’s values and follies, Plimpton rejoins his two teammates to discuss their careers in this brutal but captivating game. The result is an astute exploration into the fascinating lives and motivations of the players at home, in the locker room, and on the field.

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  • A delight--more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede--like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory. Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal
  • A delight--more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede--like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory. Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal
  • Sports memoirs, like humor collections, rarely outlive their authors, but Plimpton's books have aged gracefully and even matured. Today they have the additional (and unintended) appeal of vivid history, bearing witness to a mythical era. Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books
  • “[An] irreverent and roguish account of the lives of the two linemen…Pure gold.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Plimpton has done it again. Sports Illustrated
  • [An] irreverent and roguish account of the lives of the two linemen.... Pure gold. Chicago Tribune
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About the Author
George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.
About the Narrators

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such bestselling contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York City.

Steve Almond is the author of the bestselling Candyfreak and two story collections. He is a commentator on the NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston.