Extended Audio Sample

Download One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game Audiobook, by John Feinstein Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: David de Vries Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781611135664
Regular Price: $19.98 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $10.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Here are John Feinstein’s illuminating recollections from two decades of interviews with sports legends.

John Feinstein’s career is a sports fan’s dream—a lifetime of encounters with the great figures in sports, not just on the field but in the locker room and behind the scenes with legends like Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and John McEnroe.

Since his days as a young Washington Post journalist, Feinstein has written more than twenty books and countless magazine articles and newspaper columns, covering college basketball, golf, tennis, baseball, and nearly every sport in between. He has told us of victory and defeat, of athletes and coaches we love—and love to hate. But some of his best stories have been left untold, until now.

One on One is an incredible portal into the sports we love—from the box scores and the pageantry of game night and into the hard work and intensity that turn players and coaches into legends.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Sports take a backseat to covering sports in this feisty, full-contact memoir. Sportswriter Feinstein recounts his exploits gathering material for his bestselling sports epics…his punchy, evocative prose and irreverent jabs at superstars make for lively play-by-play.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author tells wonderfully rich stories of the people he’s encountered through his career as a sports reporter…Narrator David de Vries is as engaging as this book is interesting. His accents and tones are wonderful, covering a range of people from European-born athletes to stern American security guards. De Vries handles the funny and poignant stories with aplomb.”


  • “Engaging stories from a storyteller who doesn’t just know his subject—he loves it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lud | 2/19/2014

    " 3.75 rating. Feinstein is one of my favorite sportswriters, and he has written some excellent books over the years. I got a little weary with this as I went along. If you're not a sports fan, or a follower of sports journalism, you'll be bored to tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 2/18/2014

    " I'm a sports fanatic, and I had read positive reviews on this one. I admit that I wasn't familiar with Feinstein's work, and that's why I felt at times as though I was slogging through the pages. I enjoyed reading about Bobby Knight and the college basketball, but most of the stuff about golf and tennis didn't interest me. And I felt like Feinstein didn't know how to end the book. Basically he wanted to go behind the scenes on the 10+ books he had written and told stories about the people. I was a little let down overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/13/2014

    " Feinstein reflects on his writing career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 2/9/2014

    " Wierdly, I really liked this book--not to say I can recommend it to my students, unfortunately, because it contains a LOT of bad language (we're talking Bobby Knight here, after all). Feinstein is a good writer, which really captivates the reader. The book is merely his story of why/how he wrote most of his blockbuster sports books, beginning with his book on Knight (he followed him and his team around for a season), continuing with his books on golf, baseball, and tennis. The characteristics that make this book interesting include all of the stories of his contacts, pleasant and not, with the greats of these sports, especially college basketball coaches, and the relationships among them all. The book ends with a really touching incident that shows the best of sports, after showing some of the worst, as well. You don't have to be overly interested in sports to really enjoy reading about these fascinating characters and their absolute commitment to games. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 1/29/2014

    " A well written book. If you have been following John or know much of his writing most of these stories are all well known. Was hoping for a little more fresh material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/23/2014

    " A phenomenal history of not only this sportswriter's career, but some of the sports out there along with their players, coaches and others who have helped to make their teams & sports great (or not so great)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Mann | 1/13/2014

    " What a fun life chasing sports stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/1/2014

    " This is the kind of sports book that I really, really enjoy... though there were a whole lotta names, and I had to either pay close attention or just let it go (I did a little of each). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becci | 12/16/2013

    " Enjoyed the book but thought it was going to be a little bit different than what it was. Glad I had to chance to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 11/15/2013

    " If you like how John Feinstein writes you will like the book. The first 3/4 are really good and kept me interested however I find I am getting bored as I near the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl France | 10/24/2012

    " Loved the inside story on many of the sports that he covered. The better stories were about Wimbledon and the Patriot League. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/29/2012

    " Overrated. A little too narcissistic & self-indulgent by the author for my taste. He has profiled some great sports figures in his career. More about them--& less about him--would have been welcome in this retrospective (pseudo-valedictory?!) volume. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Zwolenski | 2/1/2012

    " Nice overview. Learned a bit, but mostly same stuff rehashed. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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 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.

About the Narrator

David de Vries, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire.