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In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.
Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us.
This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali only he could render: sports legend, unapologetic anti-war advocate, outrageous showman and gracious goodwill ambassador, fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur, and an irresistible force to be reckoned with.
Who better to tell the tale than the man who went the distance living it?
©1975 Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad, Richard Durham (P)2016 Graymalkin Media
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"It's uncanny how much narrator Dion Graham sounds like Ali. He has the same rhythm, inflection, and passion that The Champ had.... Graham makes us feel the pain Ali felt, both from the fights and from the world." ( AudioFile)
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By Michael on 06-04-16

Truly The Greatest

If you could sum up The Greatest in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, quick, witty

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved his voice. Brought so much to the book. Believed I was listening to Ali.

Any additional comments?

Sure he became the best boxer ever. But to see where he started, how the deck was stacked against him at every turn, what he had to overcome and continue to overcome even when he did make it, is truly inspirational. I'm not a sports fan and I found it a fascinating listen. Highly recommend it.

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By Mario on 07-02-16

great story

the story, the reader, the book. they all had passion. made me realize alot of things about myself on never giving up. I connected with this book and I always have a book going. rarely do I ever write a review ether. my dad was a boxer so maybe it helped me understand a few things, about him and myself. however anyone having a hard time, or lived threw any type of oppression, can read this and find inspiration. ALI, THE PEOPLE S CHAMPION .

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Lance Johnson on 07-02-16

Awesome story from the champ himself

This autobiography ends in 1975 when it was originally published. It is a tremendous story bringing forth many facts that I did not know About Ali such as the motorcycle gang attempted lynching after he was refused food in Louisville after he had won the Olympics. The moment he describes when he threw the medal in the river is done so well you can feel being there. Also there is a chapter in the book about how he trains and many famous quotes are taken from that. Enjoyable to all. Note Ali view changes later in life rejecting the Nation of Islam to the true Islam and saying the turning of his back on Malcolm X was the greatest mistake of his life. I would also recommend Thomas Hauser book on Ali also available on Audible. This book is done by his official biographer who interviews all of Ali friend which adds to the rich tapestry of his life.

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By Master J. A. Ware on 01-31-17

Brilliant story, but..

The life of Ali is well documented in this, from his humble beginnings through to his epic rumble with George Foreman in 1974. It covers both his personal life and his boxing career. although the book ends after his fight with Foreman , when a document of his later career would have been interesting (although his decline and health issues explain why he ended the book on a high).

Now, the only downside is the narrator, whilst I cannot deny the energy and passion he displays in his performance, some of his voices are utterly nauseating and greating. Particularly his 'bundini' voice, and his reanactnent of the crowd in Zaire shouting 'ALI BUMBAYE'.

As I said I cannot deny his passion for the performance. If you can survive a seriously dramatized audiobook then this is fantastic.

PS. Speaking of George foreman, as a fan of George I did notice the book did not speak particularly highly of him, whereas Ali does acknowledge the talent of his other opponents in his book..

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By Manch on 10-17-17

From Clay to Ali

From Clay to Ali...great narration and story. An interesting insight into the boxing world back in the 60's and 70's mixed in with the political, cultural and racial attitudes of that era.

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By Mario on 06-23-17

Feels like Ali is reading this to you!

This autobiography is truly captivating and will leave you wanting to know even more about the man who became a legend and the undisputed heavyweight GOAT.

The voice acting is brilliant, providing an atmosphere and level to the story that sucks you in and makes you believe that you are really listening to the great man himself.

Exploring the racial and political aspects of Ali's career, this book gives you an insight into what drove him to make the decisions he made with his career and personal life and what drove him relentlessly forward to earning the World Heavyweight champion title.

A great listen, can not recommend enough.

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