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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (21,861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lewis Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world’s perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself.

In The Blind Side, Lewis shows us a largely unanalyzed but inexorable trend in football working its way down from the pros to the high school game, where it collides with the life of a single young man to produce a narrative of great and surprising power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Its dialogue is sharp and its anecdotes well chosen. Its aim for both the heartstrings and the funny bone is right on the mark.”

    New York Times

  • The Blind Side, perhaps the best book written about a college football player since Willie Morris’s The Courting of Marcus Dupree, grabs hold of you in several ways. On one hand, you’ll be appalled by the tactics used to advance academically unqualified high school and college football players. At the same time, you’ll be furiously…rooting for Michael Oher to succeed.”

    Washington Post

  • “Lewis has made a habit of writing about sport recently, but sport is really only a subtext for a much more meaningful examination of class and race. I wept at the end, something I have not done at the end of a work of nonfiction for a very long time.”

    Observer (London)

  • “The book works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second, as an expose of the insanity of big-time college football recruiting; and, third, as a moving portrait of the positive effect that love, family, and education can have in reversing the path of a life that was destined to be lived unhappily and, most likely, end badly.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of a 2007 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sami Moore | 2/6/2014

    " All though the movie is my very favorite, this book has way to much filler info to muddle through to get to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 2/2/2014

    " Beautifully written book; I'm not a football fan and I found it fascinating. I'm not in a hurry to see the movie adaptation however, mainly because I didn't really think Leigh Anne Touhy (played by Sandra Bullock in the film) was a very interesting character. The sections on Bill Walsh and Steve Wallace were excellent. They should be anthologized as examples of how to write nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mags | 2/2/2014

    " I would have given it a 5, but occasionally I felt like Lewis went a little too off topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Dowden | 1/24/2014

    " I wanted to read since I was so intrigued by the movie. Lots of background on football and the 49er's (which was interesting since Steve is a huge SF 49er fan) which I did not expect. It's still a good story & example of how we can change lives. "

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