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This was a fantastic book. As the title suggests, I was stunned to hear the details of Michael Oher's background. I was expecting more of a x's and o's type of story about the evolution of the left tackle position. The information in that area was used instead to reinforce Oher's value to the NFL and those around him.
This was a very well written book that is both socially and historically informative. The limited information on the evolution of the "Blind Side" is not abundant, but it is thouroughly informative. The emphasis on Michael Oher's background, and his relationship with the Tuohy family is eye-opening.
Don't wait for the movie, listen to triumph of the human spirit unabridged.
P.S. The dictation by Hoye was great, I loved his cajun accent.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
this book can alter the way you watch a football game. You WILL notice the line play and the constant pressure of rusher to get to the QB. Beneath all that is a another, very different story of a quiet young man of unique physical gifts and of abject neglect and poverty. The football teams want him for what he can become: an all pro left tackle. He is used to a solitary, impoverished life of fending for himself; he distrusts those who can help him with food clothing and shelter. Point and counter-point, Lewis writes a true story that is compelling to hear. A tale very very well told.
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What disappointed you about The Blind Side?
The non NFL reader will find the first two chapters labourious
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Better when it got going.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I came to this knowing nothing about American football, so the in depth and very detailed talk about players and techniques on the football field initially seemed a turn-off. But the narrator has a great voice and sounds patient as he explains it and before you knew I feel confident talking about AF and I got so much more out of the central Michael Orr story from knowing the background. It's a brilliant book, brilliantly read and I strongly recommend it!
Loved the film which is why I decided to get the book and even though I'm from Australia and have very limited knowledge and understanding of American Football, the jargon and statistics didn't get in the way of the story.