A Season on the Brink

  • by John Feinstein
  • Narrated by John Feinstein
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sports Illustrated's number-six Sports Book of All Time
A Season on the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery coach, Bob Knight. Knight granted Feinstein an unprecedented inside look at college basketball - with complete access to every moment of the season. Feinstein saw and heard it all - practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, and mid-game huddles - during Knight's struggle to avoid a losing season.
A Season on the Brink not only captures the drama and pressure of big-time college basketball but paints a vivid portrait of a complex, brilliant coach walking a fine line between genius and madness.

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What the Critics Say

"Nothing less than extraordinary." (The Chicago Tribune)
"Riveting.... Perhaps the best basketball book ever written." (Dayton Daily News)
"The best writer of sports books in America today." (The Boston Globe)

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Great Sports Journalism

If this book was about a general or a politician or even a fictional figure it would be considered one of the great books of the 20th century. Unfortunately this book is about a college basketball coach so the stakes are smaller (do not tell Bobby Knight that) and the figure is real but at times seems stranger than fiction (sorry for using such a cliché phrase) thus it is merely considered one of the great sports books of the 20th century. A title it deserves.

Feinstein is given unrestricted access to Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers for a full year (practices, flights, locker rooms). It is as much a character study and a book about ‘how badly do you want to win’ than a tract about the misbehavior of Bob Knight. I would recommend this book to anyone (even non-sports fan) as Feinstein reports on one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read about.

I can not watch basketball now without imagining how Bobby Knight would react to a play.
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- Robert

"An Inside Look Like No Other."

What other book might you compare A Season on the Brink to and why?

"Next Man Up." - John Feinstein. It's a similar look behind the scenes of an American sports team.


Would you listen to another book narrated by John Feinstein?

Perhaps. But the narration was not the best. Too many up-inflections at the end of the sentences. I have, however, heard much more annoying narrators.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of Landon Turner. Having been a college basketball/Bob Knight fan for years, I knew all about it. But it always touches me to hear that story.


Any additional comments?

Great book about a great teacher. It goes way beyond a story about a basketball team. It's a story about how a team is built, relationships are forged, and the consequences of our actions - good and bad. It gives you the outline of how someone turns people into champions.

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- Frank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio