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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: Tom Wolfe, Nicholas Dawidoff, Dan Woren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781478981152
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The book that made a legend—and captures America’s sport in detail that’s never been matched, now featuring an introduction by Tom Wolfe and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton archives.

George Plimpton was perhaps best known for Paper Lion, the book that set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A continuous feast...The best book ever about football--or anything! Wall Street Journal
  • A great book that makes football absolutely fascinating to fan and non-fan alike...a tale to gladden the envious heart of every weekend athlete.... Plimpton has endless curiosity, unshakable enthusiasm and nerve, and a deep respect for the world he enters. New York Times
  • The agility and imaginativeness of his prose transforms his account of this daydream into a classic of sports reporting. The New Yorker
  • 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
  • “A great book that makes football absolutely fascinating to fan and non-fan alike…a tale to gladden the envious heart of every weekend athlete…Plimpton has endless curiosity, unshakable enthusiasm and nerve, and a deep respect for the world he enters.”

    New York Times

  • “The agility and imaginativeness of his prose transforms his account…into a classic of sports reporting.”

    New Yorker

  • “Narrator Dan Woren brings a cadre of creative voices to one of George Plimpton’s sports journalism books…Fans gain keen insights.”

    AudioFile

  • “Possibly the most arresting and delightful narrative in all of sports literature.”

    Book Week
  • “Plimpton’s…prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams’ 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 word with them but living on in fond memory.”

    Wall Street Journal
  • “Narrator Dan Woren brings a cadre of creative voices to one of George Plimpton’s sports journalism books…Plimpton’s reporting recounts off-the-field antics and on-the-field perspectives, and Woren gives the players and coaches quoted fun, assertive, and sometimes gruff voices. Thanks to his attentive narration, each player maintains an identity, including Plimpton…Thanks to Woren, no one looks bad here…and the Lions come off as well-rounded—though sometimes sophomoric—people, not just one-dimensional athletes.”

    AudioFile

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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
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.Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and the American Scholar.

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.