The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend

  • by Gare Joyce
  • Narrated by Bernard Clark
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An award-winning writer sets the record straight on hockey's forgotten golden boy - Bobby Hull....
In his prime, few could dispute Bobby Hull's athletic brilliance - the first to have five fifty-goal seasons, the highest scorer on the 1976 Canada Cup team, the first to use the slap shot as a scoring weapon, and the first hockey player to sign a million-dollar contract. With his body-builder torso and his 100 mph volleys across a rink, the world of hockey glory was his to lose. And he did.
With his publicized marital troubles and his defection from the NHL to the WHA, Hull's star began to fall, leaving him broke and in exile from the game. In The Devil and Bobby Hull, this once great hockey player and pioneer is finally given his due.
Not only are Hull's remarkable on-ice achievements finally put in perspective, so, too, are his achievements off the rink - including endorsements for a wide array of products (rare for an NHL player) and his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record four times. And the book details how Hull's battle with the owners of the Chicago Blackhawks - challenging the reserve clause in his contract, a move that enabled him to move to the WHA - helped other players follow him. The author places Hull squarely in the pantheon of other hockey greats, including Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky - and makes the case that he is the game's most influential and important player
This full, unauthorized story of Hull's life - that doesn't sidestep the controversies (including the domestic violence tainting his private life) - details Hull's recent reconciliation with the Chicago Blackhawks. A candid look at one of hockey's most gifted and controversial figures, The Devil and Bobby Hull tells the story of his extraordinary career and life - and why this remarkable man has not faded into oblivion.

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Learn the Names.

This is a fantastic listen. I love Bobby Hull and am a HUGE Jets fan. I recently bought a copy of Hull's photo book 'The Golden Jet' from him (autographed and all!). I recommend giving that book a quick read before listening to this. While I don't think the Golden Jet was anything special...especially since it only concentrated on his Chicago Black Hawk days, this book takes place during a typical signing session that Bobby Hull is doing for it. So, that book kind of creates the setting and when they mention a photo or some blurb contained within it, it was nice to know what they were talking about. However, it is very minimal and won't affect anything. It just enhanced my listening experience with this book.

The story was great. Like I said, Bobby Hull is a favourite of mine and I found that this book was the most well rounded biography I have ever listened to of his. It is honest. It is critical. It still gets through to the listener just how great of a hockey player he was. It tells of how he changed hockey, toppled greedy National Hockey League (NHL) extortionists, and on and on.

The book is very thorough. Like I mentioned previously, in the Golden Jet, nothing else but the Black Hawks are mentioned. I know the NHL likes to ignore anything to do with the old World Hockey Association (WHA) or even Hockey Canada stuff from back in the day. This book treated all the stages of Hull's career equally. His NHL career, the WHA, some international games, its all there. From a personal aspect, his troubled family life, health, and many other aspects of it are touched upon.

I hated taking away stars from the rating system but here is the only kicker with this audiobook. While I LOVED the narrator, heck he kept it interesting and fun, I will definitely listen to more stuff by this narrator... however he's got to first look up how to pronounce the people's names! I can overlook a couple, heck a few, but we are talking dozens of incorrectly pronounced names. The narrator must be great at his job because he must literally not know anything about hockey. He even mispronounced Rocket Richard and Guy Lafleur for Pete's sake! I hate the Montreal Canadiens but anyone who knows a little bit of hockey knows how to pronounce these names. I can understand people that may not be household names like the former Winnipeg Jet's owner Barry Shenkarow, etc., but there are just too many mispronunciations to overlook in this case! Mark Messier is another off the top of my head. There are probably many names I didn't even catch since I don't know all the characters involved in this book!

The name being read wrong was very distracting and I feel could lead others to not really know who the narrator is really talking about. Heck, it took me a few moments to realize he meant to say Rocket Richard. I've never in my life heard anyone call him 'Richards' like saying 'Richards Dawson' if I can explain one example of the mispronunciation though typing. I would hate for people being first introduced to many of these people to actually think this is what their real names are!

Overall though, the narration of the book (overlooking the names issue), the subject matter, and everything else about it was five star! I love this book and am so happy I used a credit on it! A mandatory listen for hockey fans interested in the history of the game!

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- CaptHowdy "Tell us about yourself!"

Please find a reader who can pronounce names!!!!!!

What would have made The Devil and Bobby Hull: How Hockey's Original Million-Dollar Man Became the Game's Lost Legend better?

Finding someone who can properly pronounce ubiquitously known hockey names.Some just off the top of my head:Henri RichardRocket RichardGuy LaFleurChico MakiLloyd PettitVezinaOddly enough, he nails "Borje Salming."


What did you like best about this story?

The story. It tells the story of Bobby Hull that the old guard of the NHL wants erased from the history books. You learn (well, in some cases are reminded) of how big of a sleaze bag the typical NHL owner was back in the '60's, and you really get an insight as to the level of risk Bobby Hull exposed himself to in going to Winnipeg.


What didn’t you like about Bernard Clark’s performance?

Please, for the love of hockey, learn how to pronounce the names and read hockey terms and abbreviations.

It's far too distracting to get a true enjoyment of the book.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Everything but the reading.


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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios