The Blind Side

  • by Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 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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What the Critics Say

"As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers....Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Slow start

What disappointed you about The Blind Side?

The non NFL reader will find the first two chapters labourious


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Better when it got going.


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- Busster

Even better than the film.

I came to this knowing nothing about American football, so the in depth and very detailed talk about players and techniques on the football field initially seemed a turn-off. But the narrator has a great voice and sounds patient as he explains it and before you knew I feel confident talking about AF and I got so much more out of the central Michael Orr story from knowing the background. It's a brilliant book, brilliantly read and I strongly recommend it!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape