• by Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz
  • Narrated by Ernie Johnson
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ernie Johnson, Jr., has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs - and life's greatest rewards - come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.
In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, the three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and popular host of TNT's Inside the NBA provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife, Cheryl, including a special needs child adopted from Romania, Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children.
This is the untold story, the one Ernie has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling. Sports fans, cancer survivors, fathers and sons, adoptive parents, those whose lives have been touched by a person with special needs, anyone who loves stories about handling life's surprises with grace - Unscripted is for all of these.


What the Critics Say

"In Unscripted, you will enjoy some wonderful sports stories, but more than that, you will learn some invaluable life lessons." (Tony Dungy, best-selling author of Quiet Strength)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Touching Emotional, Story, and Performance

I chose this book initially because of my affection for Ernie Johnson, Jr. the man and broadcaster. I have been a fan of his work in the various broadcasting roles he has taken on over the years. I also heard him preview the book on ESPN at one point. I was very excited to begin "reading" it via the audiobook. Throughout the story, I found myself gripped by both the performance and the story itself. I am now an even bigger fan of Ernie Johnson, Jr. I would be remiss to not point out my very favorite, yet intensely personal and sad part of the book. In the chapter where he goes into detail about his relationship with his father, he tells a story of times when he would be throwing the ball with his dad. Young Ernie Johnson, Jr. says to his father "just one more, Dad," speaking of his desire to continue playing with him. This brought me to tears and still does every time I think about it. I lost my father in 2009 to lung and bone cancer, when he was only 53 (I was 22). This depiction is the emotion that I've never been able to put into words my exact feeling about losing my father, but this comes as close as anything. Thank you Mr. Johnson for this inspiring book. I am so glad I read it.!
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- Colby A.

A must listen--this should change how you approach life

This book tops my all time favorites. Ernie-with his great sportscasting voice--delivers a thoughtful, inspiring, honest memoir on his life. His kindness and love for people will make you want to be a better person and create "blackberry moments" in your own life.
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- Ashley E Hayes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio