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I really loved the stories behind the scenes and also how it was read, like when the narrator would change his voice to mimic others. Hard to put it down once I started listening. Great work by all involved and I was especially intrigued by how Steven was able to piece all the action into a nice flowing story. SCORE!!
Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield represents the best time I've ever had reliving painful memories. Being born in 1981 means that most of my life as a Raiders fan has been filled with disappointment. I can't recall their last Super Bowl win from memory but remember well their last Super Bowl loss.
If Al Davis isn't the most fascinating individual personality in the history of the National Football League, then he's at least in the conversation and this book gives plenty of reasons why.
The story is not told in a linear fashion, the chapters and stories are grouped together more by related themes or events. I was most fascinated by the Lane Kiffin chapter. Some of the book's revelations made me laugh, some made me want to cry and others had me thinking of what could have been.
I've been reading Steve Corkran's Raiders work since I first got online at college in 1999 and could follow the Raiders closely for the first time in my life.
As for the narration, I particularly enjoyed Scott O'Dell's portrayal of Al Davis. Being a fan himself he obviously heard Al Davis speak several times and did an excellent job handling the voice. I would call it more an affectation than an impression.
If you are a Raiders fan you will want to listen to this book. If you are a football fan and enjoy the history of the game you will enjoy this book. If you're not a Raiders fan and don't care much for football but you do like reading about incredibly interesting people then I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Fascinating insight into the Raiders organisation written in a way that makes you feel like you're discussing the team over a few beers with a good friend.
As a fan from the UK it was often difficult to find in depth information/news on the Raiders growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. This book makes up for that, Even if it does enhance the depressing feeling of 'what could have been'.
Scott O'Dell does a brilliant job with the narration, truly making it feel like you're a fly on the wall during a chat amongst friends.