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Known as a willing-and-able fighter and bruiser in the league, John Scott was a surprising and tongue-and-cheek nominee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He'd been in the league for over eight NHL seasons, playing for teams such as the Wild, Blackhawks, Rangers, Sabres, and the Sharks. Scott's best attribute as an NHL player was dropping his gloves - never the best player, the 260 pounder did become the most feared fighter in the NHL, racking up extensive penalty minutes. In order to prevent him from playing in the game, his current team - the Phoenix Coyotes - traded Scott to the Montreal Canadians, who demoted him to the AHL team in an attempt to disqualify him from playing in the All-Star Game. Fans were outraged and Scott was devastated. He'd been downgraded in his job - forced to relocate while his wife was pregnant with twin girls. But the fans wouldn't back down and insisted the NHL let Scott play in the game. The league relented, and Scott not only was invited to attend the NHL game in Nashville, but was nominated a team captain. The media and sports fans at large fell in love with the giant six-foot-eight player who by all means, was just a normal guy and no superstar player. In a true Cinderella story, Scott scored two goals and was the All-Star Game's MVP. This is his personal memoir - detailing his life growing up and how he was able to keep his sense of humor and become the ultimate Cinderella-Story of hockey.
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By EP on 05-05-17
Great story, not a great reader
As a hockey fan, I was really pleased to get to listen to John Scott's great story in his own words. But the performance leaves one wanting. Kirby's diction is so precise that he sounds robotic and stilted, and he mispronounces many, many names, which is distracting and irritating. He should have made a point to get informed before his performance.
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By wlshirer on 06-30-18
The narration was so off that I couldn't listen
I have no doubt that the story would have been good. However, the narrator sounded (as another reviewer said) like one of Cinderella's Mice, and not like a 6'8" hockey player. I couldn't make it past 2 chapters. I returned it.
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By Nick Hopper on 02-21-18
Worth a listen for a Hockry fan, but that’s it
What did you like best about A Guy Like Me? What did you like least?
Not much insight into the world of Hockey. Feels like it’s been written with a ghost writer, but by far the worst thing about this is the guy reading it. He’s awful, I wish Scott had narrated it himself like Avery did with his. They guy narrating this is awful, if you are going to narrate a book about real people at the very least, learn how to say their names. I don’t think he pronounced one right. It’s read with very little energy or passion. This is the first time I have ever felt like this about an audiobook from audible. So far everything I have listened to has had excellent narrators, even if the book itself hasn’t been that great.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The last two chapters are the only two worth listening to to be honest, and, unlike better books like Dryden’s or Avery’s by Hockey players, this would only be of interest to Hockry fans.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?