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A Guy Like Me

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

The John Scott story is the ultimate underdog narrative in sports during 2016 when Scott - in the twilight of his career - went from a joke All-Star fan-voted nominee to scoring two goals and winning the All-Star Game's MVP title. This is his heartwarming story about an average Joe who became a sports superhero overnight.

Known as a willing-and-able fighter and bruiser in the league, John Scott was a surprising and tongue-and-cheek nominee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He'd been in the league for over eight NHL seasons, playing for teams such as the Wild, Blackhawks, Rangers, Sabres, and the Sharks. Scott's best attribute as an NHL player was dropping his gloves - never the best player, the 260 pounder did become the most feared fighter in the NHL, racking up extensive penalty minutes. In order to prevent him from playing in the game, his current team - the Phoenix Coyotes - traded Scott to the Montreal Canadians, who demoted him to the AHL team in an attempt to disqualify him from playing in the All-Star Game. Fans were outraged and Scott was devastated. He'd been downgraded in his job - forced to relocate while his wife was pregnant with twin girls. But the fans wouldn't back down and insisted the NHL let Scott play in the game. The league relented, and Scott not only was invited to attend the NHL game in Nashville, but was nominated a team captain. The media and sports fans at large fell in love with the giant six-foot-eight player who by all means, was just a normal guy and no superstar player. In a true Cinderella story, Scott scored two goals and was the All-Star Game's MVP. This is his personal memoir - detailing his life growing up and how he was able to keep his sense of humor and become the ultimate Cinderella-Story of hockey.

©2016 John Scott (P)2016 Suimon & Schuster

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Worth a listen for a Hockry fan, but that’s it

What did you like best about A Guy Like Me? What did you like least?

Not much insight into the world of Hockey. Feels like it’s been written with a ghost writer, but by far the worst thing about this is the guy reading it. He’s awful, I wish Scott had narrated it himself like Avery did with his. They guy narrating this is awful, if you are going to narrate a book about real people at the very least, learn how to say their names. I don’t think he pronounced one right. It’s read with very little energy or passion. This is the first time I have ever felt like this about an audiobook from audible. So far everything I have listened to has had excellent narrators, even if the book itself hasn’t been that great.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The last two chapters are the only two worth listening to to be honest, and, unlike better books like Dryden’s or Avery’s by Hockey players, this would only be of interest to Hockry fans.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

John Scott

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  • cody richardson
  • 23-02-19

would have been better if John Scott narrated

Great story, loved hearing about his life and career. Just wish he would have narrated instead.

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  • EP
  • 05-05-17

Great story, not a great reader

As a hockey fan, I was really pleased to get to listen to John Scott's great story in his own words. But the performance leaves one wanting. Kirby's diction is so precise that he sounds robotic and stilted, and he mispronounces many, many names, which is distracting and irritating. He should have made a point to get informed before his performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-19

Engaging story with disappointing reading

The story was enjoyable and well written.

The performer, however, was frustrating. Whomever paid Kirby Heyborne to butcher the names of HOF athletes should be ashamed as well as the person who signed off on the recording. You can't tell me he didn't do his homework since he repeatedly pronounced Dustin Byfuglien perfectly yet Patrick Roy, PK Subban, and Antoine Roussel were too difficult to learn?

I would have recommended this to others, but I would feel guilty for assaulting their ears with an ill informed reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-19

excellent hockey book

I really enjoyed this book and John's story. I have a huge gripe in that the narrator was awful. How can you mispronounce almost every players name? did anybody listen to this before releasing it? also this is the story of a hockey enforcer told by a man with a very soft and effeminate voice it just doesn't go. that aside it was worth the read.

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  • Doug M
  • 09-07-19

Buy The Paperback, This Narrator Is AWFUL!

First & Foremost:
The narrator (Kirby Heyborne) is absolutely awful!!! I can't emphasize this enough. He reads it like is was meant for a 3-year old's bedtime story. He knows nothing about the hockey world as evidenced by his ridiculous mispronunciation of almost every iconic hockey name there is. To anyone who knows anything about hockey the way he pronounces well-known hockey names is mind numbing and unbearable. I barely made it thru this AUDIO book (yes, I'm the guy that finishes a book, movie, etc. even if it doesn't deserve it). I was so disappointed in the narration that I immediately bought the paperback and have never regretted it. Seriously, if you are hired to narrate an audio book please, please, please, know your audience and at least make an effort, any effort, at trying to know something about the subject matter and proper pronunciation of key figures (or any figures at all).

More Importantly (just buy the paperback):
The story of this book is amazing and inspiring! How this all happened, like it or not, and the way it ended culminating in John Scott becoming the 2016 NHL All-Star Game MVP is one for the ages. Basically, a Cinderella story about hockey. The way the NHL handled this whole thing was just a joke and is unconscionable. Then way the mainstream hockey media piled on was terrible (I'm looking at you Jeremy Roenick, among others...). Just so immature and petty. Anyway, I digress. This is a great story and one that is family friendly.

Bottom Line:
Great BOOK and great story. Terrible AUDIO book. Seriously, don't waste your time on the AUDIO book.

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  • James
  • 05-06-18

Great Book

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see the other side of the story from what was televised nationally. I thought it was a good story about perseverance.

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  • Sean Tedlock
  • 25-01-18

good book, not good reading

reader didn't know the hockey guys names, which for a hockey book would help. great story of how underdogs can make a dream come true

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-17

awesome story!

I'm pretty sure the guy reading is the same guy that lives in my GPS

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  • Derrick
  • 14-07-17

If he only sounded like John

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A light read that was quite interesting with self-deprecating humour throughout. Unfortunately, narration had a lot to be desired. Hearing Kirby's voice speak John Scott's words was off putting with mispronounced words throughout. I'm sure Kirby is a fine narrator, but I just wish they had looked to find a narrator more suited to this autobiography.

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  • Isak
  • 17-06-17

Pronunciations

The reader could have looked up how to pronounce last names of the players. Kept throwing me off.