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
"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)
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.
Superb insight into the man, the legend.
If even more respect could be given to a man that coined himself "The Greatest of All Time"
I have it more now after this book.
Only thing I was disappointed about is that it ends abruptly after the Forman Fight.
But that was down to when the book was done. I would have been brilliant covering "The Rumble in the Jungle" fully.
Still a fantastic book on a fascinating man.
what can I say...exciting, exuberant, enthralling, entertaining. Ali is the greatest of all time. His story will grasp you like no other. The narrator not only sounds like Ali but speaks so powerfully that you actually feel you are there
I always knew of Muhammed Ali - World greatest boxer. first time I've had the opportunity to hear of his story and his fights. It's engaging. The reader was able to mimick his voice and still come off interesting- kept me interested the whole 16 hours.
A brilliant book. Expertly delivered. An inspiring and captivating listen. Adds new depth to the achievements and message of Muhammad Ali's life. I listen to a lot of audio books this is the first review I've ever written, I simply had to reccomend this.
The life of Ali is well documented in this, from his humble beginnings through to his epic rumble with George Foreman in 1974. It covers both his personal life and his boxing career. although the book ends after his fight with Foreman , when a document of his later career would have been interesting (although his decline and health issues explain why he ended the book on a high).
Now, the only downside is the narrator, whilst I cannot deny the energy and passion he displays in his performance, some of his voices are utterly nauseating and greating. Particularly his 'bundini' voice, and his reanactnent of the crowd in Zaire shouting 'ALI BUMBAYE'.
As I said I cannot deny his passion for the performance. If you can survive a seriously dramatized audiobook then this is fantastic.
PS. Speaking of George foreman, as a fan of George I did notice the book did not speak particularly highly of him, whereas Ali does acknowledge the talent of his other opponents in his book..
I would definitely recommend it, a wonderful account of the great mans early life as well as a pretty comprehensive journal of societal sentiments of that era. lots to learn.
Alis encounter with Bertrand Russell
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
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.
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.
"Truly The Greatest"
Inspirational, quick, witty
Loved his voice. Brought so much to the book. Believed I was listening to Ali.
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.
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 .
"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😉😘
"Great book, phenomenal interpretation"
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.
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.
"Awesome story, Grammy worth Reading"
this book goes in to the man library. Dion Grammy has preformed an award winning reading
The reader did a wonderful job. Felt like Muhammad Ali was talking to me himself.
"Amazing Performance of an Amazing Story"
Stick with it. The performance is outstanding and the story is incredible. Fiction doesn't hold a candle to the truth. Ali! Bhumaye!
incredible narrative pattern, perfect narration. one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. near perfect
"Hurray for Ali Ali Boom-A-Yay"
Beautiful autobiographical, behind-the-scenes and inside-his-head tale of Muhammad Ali ---the defeats, the fighter, the family, the crew, and the Community --- that made Ali the Greatest champion inside the ring and out, for civil rights against racism and social injustice.
From the rise to the fall and rise again. A testament to the human will to win and lay it all on the line... The narration so authentically done --- you feel transported into the body and head of Ali himself in the jungles of Zaire in 1974, hearing the unmistakable tuning fork after a monstrous "Anywhere" punch from George Foreman in Zaire.
5 Stars and 2 Thumbs up!
It was like listening to a movie. I experienced a full range of emotions. Ali is truly inspirational. I now truly understand why many believe that he was the greatest. Including himself. Amazing performance by Dion Graham. I hope he when's an award. That was a fun ride.
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