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I did not see the movie but was curious about this man. The book was interesting even to someone who does not care for boxing. The interview with him at the end was a particularly nice addition - you can tell a lot about someone from listening to them and Mr. Braddock was unassuming, gentlemanly and confident in his achievements. I'd heard some static about Max Baer's portrayal in this book but there were a number of very complimentary things said & the others seemed truthful, if highlighting some less than stellar behavior (which was not terribly surprising behavior at that). Other than the annoying skips in the disks, I enjoyed the story & commend the author for not indulging in hype, as befits the man himself.
Time went very fast listening to this book, although Schaap sometimes repeats himself with the exact same sentences, then other parts weren't presented very clearly. But, I can't complain. I enjoyed it. A good job recounting a great story and I'm thankful for it!
Jeremy Schaap has written a compelling and interesting account of Jim Braddock and the world of boxing during the Depression. Even this abridged version gave me what I wanted to know. Schaap as narrator, though, is atrocious. Every sentence sounds the same. There's no artistry to the reading whatsoever. He blasts through narrative, quotes, everything with the same non-inflection and sportscasting tone. I realize he's not an actor or professional audiobook narrator, but please, someone give him some lessons on how to read out loud. Painful to listen to what is otherwise a cool story.
Great feel good story with fast paced narrative to keep you listening.
I love the story of James Braddock but this was pretty dry.
I have to admit, not being a boxing fan, that I was surprised as to how much I really enjoyed this book. Book was historical in nature and focused on the boxers of the time.
I thought the reading was excellent and the subject captivating. Only problem was some confusion over dates and time. It was somewhat difficult following the chronology. Otherwise, I didn't want to get out of the car!
I couldn't finish the CDs, it just didn't capture my attention. The author/narrator did a good job of reading, but the story line was drawn out. I got through about 3 of the 5 CDs and sent it back. Going to rent the movie instead.
Jeremy Schaap is the author of the New York Times bestseller
Cinderella Man. An ESPN anchor and national correspondent, his
work has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine,
Time, Parade, TV Guide, and the New York Times. He has also appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News. He is the son of
the award-winning journalist Dick Schaap.