- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439130728
- ISBN-13: 978-1439130728
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Michael Phelps is an American swimmer. He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008). He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze. He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals. After returning home from Beijing in 2008, Michael used the well-publicized $1 million dollar Speedo bonus to start the Michael Phelps Foundation through which he hopes to encourage children to lead healthy, active lives, and to continue to grow the sport of swimming. He now resides in Baltimore, MD with his dog Herman.
Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter and a recognized authority on the Olympics. In 2006, he left the Los Angeles Times, where he had been a staff writer for 17 years, to write for the NBC suite of online properties, which now includes NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and UniversalSports.com. Since 2003, Alan has also served as a sports and Olympic analyst on NBC's television networks. Among other honors, Alan won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing and was named the Los Angeles Press Club's 2004 sports journalist of the year. Alan and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Southern California.
Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, talks about his swimming career, his preparation, and his dream of bringing the sport to greater prominence in the United States. Introduced by Phelps himself, the book is read by Holter Graham with a voice that matches the tone of Phelps's writing: a touch of cockiness offset by hard work and dedication to his sport. Listeners whose interest in Phelps has been piqued by recent news won't find much scandal here, although Phelps discusses his DUI arrest and tackles the issue of doping. The emphasis on training and preparation, however, will be of special interest to athletes. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Many times this book felt repetitive. It simply reinstates the same messages about setting goals, focusing and working hard to achieve them. Plus, I really didn't understand how many of the chapter titles stress that point in each chapter. It really felt like one repetitive message throughout the book. I also got lost many times throughout the technical points of swimming. You really need to be a hardcore fan to keep up with the different swim strokes, races, times, etc. (I guess Phelps underestimates the audience as most of us are not as familiar with swimming as he would like us to be).
The good part of the book is that it is not dragged out. Despite the points above, it is a brief and quick read. It is very manageable to quickly read through this book and get its overall message very clearly. I am one who loves motivation and inspiration, especially when it is given by someone that is very accomplished in his/her field. Therefore, if you want a quick reinforcing motivational tool, this book is for you. You can probably finish it in a few days or a week at most. Plus you'll get a glimpse at the life of probably the greatest swimmer in history.
All my grandchildren receive books for Christmas.
A 70yo Nana Page Turner