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The Greatest: My Own Story

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Publisher's Summary

In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.

Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us.

This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali only he could render: sports legend, unapologetic anti-war advocate, outrageous showman and gracious goodwill ambassador, fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur, and an irresistible force to be reckoned with.

Who better to tell the tale than the man who went the distance living it?

©1975 Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad, Richard Durham (P)2016 Graymalkin Media

What the Critics Say

"It's uncanny how much narrator Dion Graham sounds like Ali. He has the same rhythm, inflection, and passion that The Champ had.... Graham makes us feel the pain Ali felt, both from the fights and from the world." (AudioFile)

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    Lance Johnson 02/07/2016
    Lance Johnson 02/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome story from the champ himself"

    This autobiography ends in 1975 when it was originally published. It is a tremendous story bringing forth many facts that I did not know About Ali such as the motorcycle gang attempted lynching after he was refused food in Louisville after he had won the Olympics. The moment he describes when he threw the medal in the river is done so well you can feel being there. Also there is a chapter in the book about how he trains and many famous quotes are taken from that. Enjoyable to all. Note Ali view changes later in life rejecting the Nation of Islam to the true Islam and saying the turning of his back on Malcolm X was the greatest mistake of his life. I would also recommend Thomas Hauser book on Ali also available on Audible. This book is done by his official biographer who interviews all of Ali friend which adds to the rich tapestry of his life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MR I WILSON 04/11/2016
    MR I WILSON 04/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "highly entertaining"

    the narrator was brilliant and holds your attention in the spirit of Ali as he tells detailed stories which puts you in the room of extraordinary tales and really captures the mood of the time. if you have a remote interest in Muhammad Ali you should definitely check this book out

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    Amazon Customer 20/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great autobiography"

    The narrator was very good, he used different impersonated voices to build the scene. The story was great and interesting to hear about the struggles encountered by Ali. My only criticism is I found the timeline a bit hard to follow at times as it seemed to jump from one moment in his life to the next, however that could just be me. overall , well worth the purchases and great book.

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    James 15/10/2016
    James 15/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant insight into the life of a true legend"

    Excellent book. Chronicles not just his boxing career, but in his own words 'the biggest fight of his life,' when put into exile for refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam war. Incredible the adversity he overcomes in the ring and outside it, when being a black Muslim living in 1960s America.
    My only criticism is the book does jump around between times and stories, that can be a little confusing.
    Excellent performance by the narrator too.

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    Amazon Customer 06/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant"

    fantastic story narrated by a fantastic narrator. well worth a credit I could not stop listening.

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    Daniel Hope 15/07/2016
    Daniel Hope 15/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining listen."

    Excellent narration but I found the bio jumped about a bit in time. Thoroughly enjoyed the character voices which really brought Ali to life.

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  • Michael
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
    04/06/16
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    "Truly The Greatest"
    If you could sum up The Greatest in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, quick, witty


    What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved his voice. Brought so much to the book. Believed I was listening to Ali.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure he became the best boxer ever. But to see where he started, how the deck was stacked against him at every turn, what he had to overcome and continue to overcome even when he did make it, is truly inspirational. I'm not a sports fan and I found it a fascinating listen. Highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mario
    02/07/16
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    "great story"

    the story, the reader, the book. they all had passion. made me realize alot of things about myself on never giving up. I connected with this book and I always have a book going. rarely do I ever write a review ether. my dad was a boxer so maybe it helped me understand a few things, about him and myself. however anyone having a hard time, or lived threw any type of oppression, can read this and find inspiration. ALI, THE PEOPLE S CHAMPION .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/06/16
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    "Absolutely inspiring and captivating!"

    I felt that I was actually there witnessing Muhammad Ali's life. I learned some very interesting insights about his life and journey. I'm inspired to hear what he had to do and encounter to be the person he was. I agree that he is the Greatest, but not just boxing, his intestinal fortitude and resolve to make a difference, and his passion for the people to give his best, to do his best! What a Champion😉😘

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • LA Bos
    STUDIO CITY, CA, United States
    24/06/16
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    "Great book, phenomenal interpretation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would recommend this. This book chronicles intimate details of Ali's upbringing from his POV that are incredibly interesting and revealing. And Dion Graham's performance is superb. Wonderful nuance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greatest?

    The description and performance of the taped dialogue between Ali and Joe Frazier before their fight as they drive together on a long road trip.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/06/16
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    "Awesome story, Grammy worth Reading"

    this book goes in to the man library. Dion Grammy has preformed an award winning reading

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    brentwood, TN, United States
    21/06/16
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    "Great Listen"

    The reader did a wonderful job. Felt like Muhammad Ali was talking to me himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Cantu
    17/06/16
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    "The Greatest!"

    Wish it never ended. So much more to learn about the man so many love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nessanator
    27/10/16
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    "Truly THE GREATEST!!!!"

    I couldn't put it down (so to speak) what an incredible man, inspiring. loved the book very witty and good humor had me going back and you tubing the different parts of his story. loved every minute of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • EML
    27/10/16
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    "Jumps around too much for me."
    What made the experience of listening to The Greatest the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Brought the words and stories to life very well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Chronological! It jumps around so much I can't keep track. What is said, is interesting, but I have no clue where in his life he is until about half-way through each story.
    Disclaimer: I do not know much about Muhammed Ali; if you are already knowledgeable about his life, the time jumping probably wouldn't annoy you as much as it did me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/10/16
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    "greater of all time"

    I don't know why I waited so long to read this...but I'm sure I'll be reading it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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