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Author: Roland Lazenby Narrator: Ron Butler Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781478961314
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Eighteen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball’s absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.

The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one—but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (5 to Jordan’s 6). He is set to retire after the 2015/16 season, just in time for Roland Lazenby’s definitive biography of the player and the man.

The Lakers are the flashiest team in all of sports, and the context in which Bryant played is salacious and exciting. Provocative stories mixed with good old fashioned basketball reporting make for a riveting and essential read for any hoops fan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With surgical precision, Roland Lazenby expertly dissects the life of this generation’s most fascinating basketball player. What made Kobe Bryant tick so loud for so long? Lazenby shows you with a tour de force in reporting and an intimate inspection at Bryant’s trials, accomplishments and tribulations.”

    Jonathan Abrams, author of Boys Among Men
  • “This is bound to be the best biography of Kobe Bryant for some time.”

    Kirkus

  • “An utterly definitive biography.”

    The Chicago Tribune
  • “Essential reading for all sports fans and particularly for those interested in American cultural history and popular culture.”

    Library Journal (starred review)
  • With the publication of Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant, it is high time we recognized author Roland Lazenby for what he has become: the finest sports biographer of our time. First with the astonishing Michael Jordan: The Life and now his having written an incredibly researched, beautifully written biography of this enigmatic Laker superstar, Lazenby has entered rarified air: one is wowed by what one learns and at the same time you can't wait to read what comes next. Peter Golenbock, author of ten New York Times bestsellers
  • One of Amazon's Best Books of the Year: Sports & Outdoors
  • In his thoughtful, extraordinarily well-­researched biography "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby... gives us the life and much more.... The exhaustive narrative of Jordan's basketball career is written with appropriate awe. But what makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is everything else. Mike Greenberg, New York Times Book Review
  • Roland Lazenby's new biography of Michael Jordan is as breathtaking as a dunk by 'His Airness.' ... A richly detailed, thoroughly researched book.... Lazenby expertly sifts through the myths to produce a definitive portrait of Michael Jordan. Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune
  • Right from its early pages it's clear that Roland Lazenby's biography of Michael Jordan is in full-press mode to be the best volume ever written on perhaps basketball's greatest player.... Lazenby's a born researcher and some serious legwork went into gathering all of the quotes and facts here, which add up to a kind of Jordan-centric encyclopedia. Colin Fleming, The Boston Globe
  • A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years. Parade
  • It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end. Peter Golenbock, New York Times-bestselling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn
  • Engaging... Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan: The Life, turns his eye to another basketball legend: the recently retired Kobe Bryant. Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calvin | 3/19/2019

    " After reading Michael Jordan the Life by the same author, showboat was the only rational book to read next. The author does an incredible job of going in depth into the life of Kobe Bryant not only on the basketball court but off the court providing amazing insight to what makes Kobe Bryant tick. If you're a lover of a fantastic sports story then look no further! Roland Lezenby never ceases to amaze with his incredible work, I highly recommend this book! "

About the Author

Roland Lazenby is the author of numerous sports books, including Blood on the Horns: The Long Strange Ride of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and Bull Run!, which was named the Independent Publishers Association’s 1997 Book of the Year. His work has appeared in Sport, Sporting News, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

About the Narrator

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.