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Download When the Game Was Ours Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Bird Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s - Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black.

Each pushed the other to greatness - together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, and six MVP awards and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. When it started they were bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends.

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports listeners to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another. From the heady days of trading championships to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larry's obsessive devotion to winning and how his demons drove him on the court. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll. In Magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader. We are there the moment he learns he's contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail.

A compelling, up close and personal portrait of basketball's most inimitable duo and a rollicking ride through professional basketball's best times. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Derek Prior | 2/20/2014

    " Predictably enjoyable for any fan of Bird or Magic, but the stories surrounding Magic's HIV announcement and the Dream Team are what makes this a great read for any basketball fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna Malangone | 2/15/2014

    " One of the best and most inspiring books I've read in a long time. You don't have to be a basketball fan to really enjoy this story. "

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

    " Maybe a 4.5. Engrossing story of Bird and Magic (Magic and Bird?) their budding rivalry and subsequent friendship, and the rebirth of the NBA. As noted in the book - Hollywood couldn't have scripted it better. Particularly interesting for anyone who, like me, witnessed the great Celtics/Lakers rivalry games of the 1980s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tai-chi Kuo | 2/1/2014

    " As a basketball fan, this book was a great way to celebrate the start of a new season of NBA action. However, I do feel that the biographers did go soft on Magic and Larry. While the book does go into the obligatory Magic/HIV story, overall, this was still definitely the "feel good version" of their life stories, with little mention of the two stars' off-court struggles. "

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