• by Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by Ron Butler
  • 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP; and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball's absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.
The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one - but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan's six).
The Lakers are the flashiest team in all of sports, and the context in which Bryant played is salacious and exciting. Provocative stories mixed with good old fashioned basketball reporting make for a riveting and essential listen for any hoops fan.


What the Critics Say

"With surgical precision, Roland Lazenby expertly dissects the life of this generation's most fascinating basketball player. What made Kobe Bryant tick so loud for so long? Lazenby shows you with a tour de force in reporting and an intimate inspection at Bryant's trials, accomplishments and tribulations." (Jonathan Abrams, author of Boys Among Men)
"A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years." (Parade)
"Engaging.... Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan: The Life, turns his eye to another basketball legend: the recently retired Kobe Bryant." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Only for a die hard NBA/Lakers fan

I had been hoping for more insight into Kobe as an athlete, but what I found instead was a book about his father's life followed by a lot of specific scores and games during his career as a Laker and a background on Adidas. The narrator was great, but just not what I had hoped for.
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- Brandi C.

The Definition of Confidence.

This book was a great prospective into the world Kobe's work ethic, determination, and unwavering confidence. The author did a fantastic job gathering information from the people that lived it and experienced these events in real time. The narrator did an excellent job over the course of the hours giving an enthusiastic performance.
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- Billy Gainz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio