Play Their Hearts Out

  • by George Dohrmann
  • Narrated by Emily Rose Speer
  • 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?
Drawing on eight years of reporting and telling the very specific tale of one talented young recruit, his coach, and his teammates, George Dohrmann immerses listeners in the world of grassroots basketball, where men hunt for future NBA stars and young boys and their parents navigate a tumultuous course in pursuit of basketball glory.


What the Critics Say

“[A] wonderful and immaculately reported first book…It’s a brilliant and heart-wrenching journey, and a cautionary tale to any basketball player who thinks the path to the NBA is a slam dunk.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing book, fantastic narration.

This book is a tremendous achievement. It will move you to laugh, to cry and to shake your head in disbelief. The author deserves heaps of praise for eloquently bringing this engrossing, true story to the public.

The other reviewers are entirely wrong about their remarks regarding the female narration. A woman's voice works here because one of the main characters spends the bulk of his time yelling. If a man read this it would result in either an emotionless reading or constant shouting at the listener. Beyond that, this is a story with a multitude of male basket-ball playing characters. Choosing a woman to narrate allows for each of these characters to have their own identities in a way that a man narrating would not. There's no risk that the voice becomes one of the primary characters in the story.

This is a story about people, not about basketball. One need not know the sport well to be moved by this book. This is an important story with moments that will stick with you.
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- Randy "not down to earth"

Narration was Unrealistic.

Very interesting especially if you are a coach of kids or have kids gifted at sport. But why a female narrator - a BBC English accent would have sounded just as odd - spoilt a very good audio book.
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- daryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Buck 50 Productions, LLC