This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.
*Any guarantees mentioned in this audiobook are imaginary and not enforceable by law.
©2011 Gilbert Klein (P)2014 Gilbert Klein
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"A great introduction to football"
I'm a nerd, and don't care much for sports. But Klein's book shows me and other geeks that football isn't just for meatheads. It's intensely physical, yes, but first and foremost it's a tactical game. Will I start watching football regularly? Probably not. But it gives me a little more understanding and compassion for how the other half live. Okay, let's be honest, the other nine tenths.
"Decent intro to football for the near-novice"
Overall, I thought highly of the book. I bought it for my teen and tween sons who've recently gotten interested in watching football with me. They have very little overall knowledge of the game and I think they got a lot out of it, though they said they did have trouble paying attention at times (and they are die hard audiobook listeners). I got it on the Daily Deal and at that price it is hard to go wrong.
I did have two negatives about it. For me, a long time (but not serious) fan, it didn't do much to help me with all the questions I have when watching the game, so I'm not sure someone like me is the target audience. More importantly, I don't think this is the best medium to learn how to follow a football game. Watching a game with commentary -- or watching the pregame show for the Superbowl right now -- does more to explain what is going on, since it comes with visuals.
In sum, I think this book works best for a near novice, who wants to listen something to understand the basics when not watching a game. For a person who doesn't want to interrupt the fans in their life with dumb questions, this might be perfect.
"Short, but did learn a few things"
He mentions a number of advanced concepts without elaborating, telling you to watch more football to learn what they mean. Also, very fast-paced intro where terms are used without an explanation of what they mean. But, I did learn a few things. I think I'm at the point of football understand where I wasn't affected by the fast paced intro and not at such an advanced understanding that I learned nothing. Maybe not a great book for absolute beginners and those who have been watching football for many years.
"brief and bumpy, but kinda gets the job done"
the basics are not so basics... it is more of a book for the North American who doesn't understand the sport, not an international reader that has never lived in a society where people play football.
"Never watched a Super Bowl--Till Today"
My husband loves to watch football, but for 35 years he's had to watch it by himself. I'd wonder, sometimes aloud, how anyone could be so fascinated by a game in which people mostly just shove each other and fall down. Every game looked the same to me.
I had absolutely no intention of listening to a book on football. But I always check out Audible's Daily Deals, and on Super Bowl Sunday there was Gilbert Klein's "Football 101" for such a good price it inspired me---what if I listened to it, learned how to appreciate the game, and surprised my husband with my company at the "Big Game"?
The book is only about two hours long; the writing and narration are lively, interesting and never condescending. I had to listen attentively and go over a few parts again. But by kick-off, I was prepared and very excited to be watching the Super Bowl with my husband. Of course I still had a few questions, but found myself actually cheering and groaning appropriately! The shoving and falling down were making sense!
You might wonder how a book on football could work in audio form, without any diagrams or pictures. But actually, as I was listening I never felt the lack of them at all. Even though football was a mystery to me, certainly I did know what the field looks like and roughly how the two teams line up facing each other at the line of scrimmage. And even if I hadn't, everything relating to them was described very well.
Reading this book won't make you an instant expert. Some things, as the author explains, will start to make sense only as you see them in action. But most of it is great for advance preparation. I particularly liked the chapter about strategy, and the one that explains each position and what particular skills the player needs to do it well. I was amazed at the knowledge, practice, conditioning, instincts, and quick thinking it takes to play football on a professional level. And I understand now why people watch football every season for their whole lives. "Football 101" definitely casts enough light on the game to enable you to enjoy it, and for the fine points you haven't grasped yet, you can, as the author advises, "let the announcer tell you."
"Football 101" is kind of disappointing. I wanted to know more about the penalties in the game. Don't really care about the different positions because throw the ball, catch the ball, and run the ball. Football is actually a simple sport, but when the ref throws the yellow flag, the game gets confusing.
Too much field talk and not enough about the rules. Unless you never watch football, you don't really need this guide book. The game is easy to follow if you have a favorite team. Just watch the game.
"Poor, even for $.99 on sale"
Poor, disjointed thoughts. Author harping on the same points again and again... Ugh don't waste your time. At least it was less than a buck.
"I don't think so"
I did not find this book to be a good beginners guide. It started off OK with the idea of "balance", then went to quickly into too many details, jargon and examples. This seems a good approach for someone who already understand the game, but poor "pedagogy" for newbies. Stay with the "idea" of football, the goals, etc. before getting into details which should come towards the end of the book. Not user friendly.
"Great book for dummies!"
I care very little about football, but wanted a little information about the game so I would't be a complete dunce when talking or listening to my husband and my son and his family discuss a game. This is just the ticket. Not too much or too detailed information, just enough to make me interested enough to watch a game or two or maybe even three.
This book covers the basics nicely. I realized that I a cynically know more hugs. I thought about football. The strengths of this book are that it provides good basic information in an easy to understand format and the author intersperses it with humor. The main weakness in the book for me was that parts were repetitive; I personally would have liked explanations of some of the intricacies of the game, but since this is an intro book, I can see why this isn't included.
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