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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Waitzkin Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455177585
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Fred Waitzkin became smitten with chess during the historic Fischer-Spassky championship in 1972. When Fischer disappeared from public view, Waitzkin’s interest waned—until his own son, Josh, emerged as a chess prodigy.

Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…narrator Lloyd James…so fully inhabits the first-person narrative that he turns the book into a disturbing and fascinating character study.”

    AudioFile

  • “The story, which includes insights into chess and psychology, remains fresh and will hold listeners’ interest, regardless of whether they care about the game. James’ first-person narrative is compelling.”

    Booklist

  • “A touching story of a father and son…You don’t have to know the game to enjoy every page.”

    Cleveland Amory

  • Searching for Bobby Fischer receives Lloyd James’ winning narrative style as it tells of Fred and his son, a chess champion at age six. International chess matches serve as a backdrop for their developing relationship.”

    Reviewer’s Bookwatch

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 12/29/2013

    " I love chess; thus, I understood and appreciated this book. I did not realize; however, how political chess is in other countries. This book gave me new insight into the world of chess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/15/2013

    " Informative on the lives of parents and their children in the chess world and the stresses and sacrifices they make in order to become the next Bobby Fischer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Brown | 9/1/2013

    " I really liked the movie, so it was nice to read the true, un-hollywoodised story behind it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Turaaa | 6/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. Its not about Bobby Fischer, its a true story about a very young chess prodigy and the pressures of growing up and competing in chess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfred Smith | 4/14/2013

    " Excellent book ! As a so-so chess player, I not only enjoyed the story of this precocious chess player, but also the story of his father, who discovers the joys and pifalls experienced by an avid parent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Parwiz Ahmadi | 3/26/2013

    " a nice book for the parents and friends of chess enthusiasts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serge Pierro | 2/22/2013

    " A good book with insights into the inner workings of the child prodigy and the world of competitive chess. I preferred the movie, but the book is still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/10/2012

    " A very fine book on the cutthroat world of chess, especially for those children who are good at it. But there is a deep spiritual side to this work as well that I particularly enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro | 11/2/2012

    " Does not chess whatsoever, but is an interesting and accurate look into the world of scholastic chess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/16/2011

    " Exciting tale of a chess dad's adventure with chess hustlers, the KGB, and scariest of all, chess parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarafina | 11/13/2011

    " I'm learning a lot about the Iron Curtain and chess in general. I want to bust out a set and play me some amateur games. I'm no Josh, but this book is very interesting so far. Thanks to the Monkey for suggesting I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/13/2011

    " Informative on the lives of parents and their children in the chess world and the stresses and sacrifices they make in order to become the next Bobby Fischer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro | 10/4/2010

    " Does not chess whatsoever, but is an interesting and accurate look into the world of scholastic chess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Parwiz | 8/18/2010

    " a nice book for the parents and friends of chess enthusiasts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/25/2008

    " A very fine book on the cutthroat world of chess, especially for those children who are good at it. But there is a deep spiritual side to this work as well that I particularly enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarafina | 2/11/2008

    " I'm learning a lot about the Iron Curtain and chess in general. I want to bust out a set and play me some amateur games. I'm no Josh, but this book is very interesting so far. Thanks to the Monkey for suggesting I read it. "

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About the Author

Fred Waitzkin was born in Massachusetts in 1943 and graduated from Kenyon College. He has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard and fishes regularly in the Bahamas.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.