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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.

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    Master J. A. Ware Uk 31/01/2017
    Master J. A. Ware Uk 31/01/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant story, but.."

    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Flint leicester 22/07/2017
    Wayne Flint leicester 22/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly great mans story"

    To think this was only 50 or so years ago...........he took them all on and won, bigots, other hopefuls and political bullies. This is the one to get if you want to feel a bit humble and see how a great man with a heart can make big changes....no fear.

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    "Truly the greatest."

    Truly the greatest. An experience to get completely absorbed and inspired by. Narration is incredible and does the legend and his words proud. Couldn't recommend more.

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    P. Taylor UK 14/06/2017
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    "Great Story, average narrator"

    Half way through this is switched to the ebook. The narrator just wasn't convincing as Ali. still a great book though

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  • "The Greatest"

    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.

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    Conor 05/04/2017
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    "Best Autobiography I've ever experienced"

    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

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    Uko 16/02/2017
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    "Madly Engaging Book"

    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.

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    P. FORDE 01/02/2017
    P. FORDE 01/02/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing insight into the mind of a champion."

    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.

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    M 14/12/2016
    M 14/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "He really did do it his way."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Alis encounter with Bertrand Russell


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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.

    5 of 5 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 .

    3 of 3 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😉😘

    3 of 3 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.


    3 of 3 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

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Johnson
    06/05/17
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    "Lives Up to Its' Title... The Greatest!"

    Fantastic audio book! The actual story, plus the way it is read, make one feel that they are there, sitting with Ali as he regales you with stories about his many trials and tribulations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michalis Petrou
    28/04/17
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    "The amazing life of the greatest one!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Greatest to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of the excellent job the narrator does. If Muhammad Ali was narrating the story, it would be indistinguishable from this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I believe the book was written in honesty and it is why it's fantastic. It shows the struggles of being an African-American professional athlete, in a sport that is run by white elites during his era. Coming out of this book you cannot have anything but respect for Muhammad Ali and his perseverance to stick to his ideas and faith, when every single person he was close to, including his mother, was telling him to serve in the army. He highlights the struggles and threats that he faced which would have made a lesser man give up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best part of the story for me was when Joe Frazier and Ali were sharing a ride to New York. Muhammad Ali asked Frazier if it was okay to record their ride hence it was included in the book. That conversation was certainly one of the highlights. Hilarious at points, this conversation shows the friendship and respect these two icons had for each other.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • aditi
    Cochin, Kerala, IN
    06/04/17
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    06/04/17
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    "the greatest"

    incredible narrative pattern, perfect narration. one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. near perfect

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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