Shooting Stars Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 10 and 11 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 10. 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.
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 outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together they became men, and together they claimed the prize they had fought for all those years - a national championship.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 13 minutes|
|Author||LeBron James, Buzz Bissinger|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 08 2009|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #107,296 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#106 in Basketball (Audible Books & Originals)
#628 in Basketball (Books)
#9,940 in Biographies & Memoirs (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from other countries
What is lacking in the book in what was undoubtedly apparent on the court--chemistry. Buzz Bissinger is a great writer. I love his books. But, Bissinger also has an unique writing style, and trying to merge Lebron's oral style into Bissinger's prose is a failure. You can literally picture Bissinger having the manuscript in front of him inserting descriptions and using vocabulary that seems misplaced. As a reader when you are constantly reminded of the dual authorship by the juxaposition of styles, you know the editor should have stepped in and said "this isn't working."
Still, LeBron's bond with his home city, family, and friends survives in this well-intended, but not quite perfectly executed look back.