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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: LeBron James, Buzz Bissinger Narrator: Moe Irvin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101079553
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From the ultimate team—basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August—comes a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James’ own. The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids—LeBron James and his best friends—from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school. 

They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his teammates offered him. 

In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to pursue that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a “white” high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron’s outsized success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five boys became men, and together they claimed the prize they had fought for all those year—a national championship.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 2/20/2014

    " NOT b/c LBJ left the Cavs. B/c the book was atrocious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Esarove | 1/26/2014

    " I love LeBron James and it was really interesting to hear about his childhood and how he came to be who he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/14/2014

    " A FREAKING AMAGAING book!!! I LOVE LeBron James!! What an inspiring story of teamwork, brotherhood, growing up, and ball! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam 9-2 | 1/10/2014

    " The reason why I liked this book is because since iplaysports I can relate to Lebrons history. Also, I enjoy reading about how they really had to work t o make it to the highest level. It makes me want rework harder to make it to the highest level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa in Ohio | 1/6/2014

    " This is the story of what we call King James here in Cleveland. It is wrote in a simple manner and you can feel the love, passion, frustration of his growin up years in this writing. His life didn't start easy, he had to fight for his own every day but God put people in his path, who kept from just being another poor boy from the projects gone bad. The friends he found along the way are still his true friends, and no matter what they stuck together like glue. For young men who are struggling, don't know to follow thier dream or just need hope this is the book to give to them. He was frank and truthful in this book, a very short sentence mentions pot use and getting drunk in his late teenage years, but so much of the media jumped on it. It really wasn't worth all that. And yes probably the Hummer was the wrong thing to give him for a present at 18, but his mom did it out of love for her son that always showed respect. And the people who gave her the loan was betting that he was going to the NBA and money wouldn't be an issue. Now if he would of not made it, then it would of been repo'd. And the jerseys he got, well he was a wide eye teenager and was in awe about the jerseys, how was he to know it was wrong? He was 17 and was an instant made celebrity to the media, but to him he wanted to hang with his friends and play ball. He wrote this book to share his life with the world, but some things he keeps private and we should respect that. He admits where he made mistakes and even in taking credit he shares the limelight with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Singer | 1/4/2014

    " In the book Shooting Stars, Lebron James, chronicles his life before he came into the NBA. James tells about his struggles as a poor child, through his four years at St. V's high school. James closely talks about his struggle growing up as a lost child, through his finding of basketball in his middle school years, and finally, his coming into basketball, and fame in his high school years. The 16-Year-Old Sports Illustrated cover boy talks about his life before every move he makes is closely scrutinized. The book, which is extremely well written, because of the help from esteemed sports author Buzz Bissinger, makes the book interesting to read. I highly suggest this book for all sports fans, and people looking for an insight about the most famous sports figure in the world right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 12/25/2013

    " I am usually a big fan of Buzz Bissinger's writing. However, I find in this book, he (and moreover LeBron James) switch from false present to past tense back to present tense frequently. It's discombobulating and, frankly, just bad writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abir713 | 12/10/2013

    " its really good so far you'd think lebrons life was so great and now that you see it from his view growing up in the projects and the struggles of actually having another family take care of his because of his moms inability to do it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 11/28/2013

    " LeBron James will win you over for his sportsmanship and dedication to his teammates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 11/25/2013

    " It was interesting to learn a little more about Labron James and his years leading up to playing professional basketball. It really emphasized his teammates and how important they were to each other. It would be a great book for a teenage boy in sports. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Herald | 8/1/2013

    " Fun to read about Lebron's journey from Akron to the NBA and the friends he made and lost along the path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Logback | 2/14/2012

    " The story of Lebron James life and the people and family around him, that have influenced him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 12/15/2011

    " Even though Lebron probably didn't write this book, it's a fascinating story about a kid destined for superstardom and wealth, yet a celebration of true friendship with his childhood teammates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 4/19/2011

    " Fun to read about Lebron's journey from Akron to the NBA and the friends he made and lost along the path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saikhnaa | 11/22/2010

    " Interesting book about NBA star Lebron James's upbringing and how he got where he is now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 10/26/2010

    " Good book for all the lebron James and basketball fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 6/11/2010

    " This is the story of Lebron James and 4 friends coming up in the Slums of Akron, Ohio. It is a good book and does give you a good insight on why Lebron seems so low key. I recommend this book to whoever likes a good rags to riches story. Also show how high-school sports stars are EXPLOITED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukas | 5/20/2010

    " I thought this was a very good book. I recommend this book for people who like to watch basketball or even play it. I give this book five out of five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/24/2010

    " I love LeBron James and it was really interesting to hear about his childhood and how he came to be who he is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abir713 | 4/15/2010

    " its really good so far you'd think lebrons life was so great and now that you see it from his view growing up in the projects and the struggles of actually having another family take care of his because of his moms inability to do it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/5/2010

    " A very interesting insight into Lebron's life as a high school student. It is as much about his high school relationships as it is about his high school basketball days. "

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