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Orr: My Story
Orr: My Story
by Bobby Orr
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars I came to love hockey while watching the likes of Steve Yzerman, July 15 2014
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I thought this was somewhat of a disappointing book. Having grown up in the era after Bobby Orr, I came to love hockey while watching the likes of Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Wendel Clark, etc. During the telecasts of games in those eras, I'd often hear Bobby Orr's name mentioned, especially from Don Cherry, during the Hockey Night in Canada telecasts. Curious as to why so many people considered Orr to be the greatest player of all time, I delved into researching him and found his achievements quite astounding. When this book came out, I decided to give it a go in hopes of finding out more about the life of Mr. Orr. The first part of the books reads more like a Wikipedia synopsis than a in-depth reflection. There is precious little mention of influential childhood friends, experiences, and adults in the book nor reflections upon what they meant to him. The same thing applies to his seasons in the NHL. A simple summary is all that is given to some of his most remarkable achievements. There is no reflection about his most famous goal in the 1970 playoffs, nor his astounding achievement of 102 assists in a season. Nor is there any reflection of what the game looked like from the eyes of one of the greatest players when he was rushing down the ice. There aren't even any stories about his teammates or reflections. His greatest disappointment, not being able to participate in the 1972 Summit Series, is virtually ignored as well. The book does begin to take a bit of a twist when you reach the chapters regarding Allan Eagleson and Orr's views on today's modern version of hockey. The prose becomes somewhat enchanting through this section of the book as Orr finally reveals some personal insight. Overall, the books is decent but leaves a lot to be desired.

Undisputed Truth
Undisputed Truth
by Mike Tyson
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Reflective Prose, Dec 23 2013
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From the outset, I had a difficult time putting this book down. The author is able to weave a web of literary beacons that draw you into the book. Tyson's anecdotal recounts of the many episodes of his life bear witness to a world that most of us will never know. One walks away from it with a more in depth comprehension of the events in Tyson's life that created the person that he became. The overwhelming sentiment I had was that all of his actions, although crude and callous, to an outsider, were sub-consciously directed towards one end; to gain acceptance for who he was. The only person that ever seem to give that to him was Cus D'Amato. Far too many people looked at him as a meal ticket. Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It is a fascinating read and one of the better books I've read in a long time.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Book, July 28 2011
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Absolutely incredible book. Laura Hillenbrand is an amazing writer. She makes you feel as if you were right there experiencing everything the main character, Louie, went through. The book should be mandatory reading for all school age kids from grade 6 and up and all adults too. We often whine about stuff which is insignificant when you read this book. What Louie and all the men and women who went through WWII went through was insane. It's so incredible how Louie never gave up despite what at times seemed like insurmountable challenges. This is definitely a book that makes you gain an appreciation for what we have and for all men and women who fought in WWII. The only thing I would have liked is if Laura spent some more time discussing Louie's life after the war and after he found God. Other than that, this book is a treasure.

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