That First Season

  • by John Eisenberg
  • Narrated by Pat Young
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.
The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughingstock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi - the grizzled coach who took no bull - transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.

That First Season chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history. In a single year, as the grizzled coach who took no bull, he would transform a team of underachievers into winners and reignite a city known for its passion for its sport.
Eisenberg pushes away the mist that surrounds the Lombardi legend to bring listeners the real story of how the seeds of a football dynasty were sown. He also brings alive an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

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Great story on how one man's goal, fearless determination to win, succeed ,No excuses, get to work, straight up down to basics

How he brought out the best in many players, Great story on how one man's goal, fearless determination to win, succeed ,No excuses, get to work, straight up down to basics
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- sergio

Great content, poor narration

What made the experience of listening to That First Season the most enjoyable?

The story was wonderful, great book.


What did you like best about this story?

The history of a great man and the way he changed a team. It was great to hear the story of how Vince Lombardi changed the culture of the Packers with his management style. The joys and pains of a team in transition. Left me wanting more!


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Great voice, poor narration. Obviously does not know anything about football, many names mispronounced, basic football terms mispronounced. Reading style really took away the pleasure of the story.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and it left me wanting more.


Any additional comments?

Definately worth the listen, IN SPITE of the narration.

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- D. Lichtenstein

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios