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Unscripted

The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
Narrated by: Ernie Johnson Jr.
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

Ernie Johnson, Jr., has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs - and life's greatest rewards - come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, the three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and popular host of TNT's Inside the NBA provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife, Cheryl, including a special needs child adopted from Romania, Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children.

This is the untold story, the one Ernie has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling. Sports fans, cancer survivors, fathers and sons, adoptive parents, those whose lives have been touched by a person with special needs, anyone who loves stories about handling life's surprises with grace - Unscripted is for all of these.

©2017 Ernie Johnson, Jr. (P)2017 Tantor

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"In Unscripted, you will enjoy some wonderful sports stories, but more than that, you will learn some invaluable life lessons." (Tony Dungy, best-selling author of Quiet Strength)

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  • Paul David Bunyan
  • 12-07-17

Get to knw the man behind the scenes.

Ernie Johnson deserves an award for this book. You don't want to miss out on the incredible journey of faith, family and fun that he has been blessed to unpack. to the listener. The life lessons that his dad and wife have taught him are a highlight for sure. What a treat! I was particularly impressed and grateful to have been given the opportunity to hear about his family. The joys and the pains amidst the twists and turns that unexpectedly helped him place his faith in God, the Father. It' is truly satisfying to hear that from a man of integrity and humility. You would have never have guessed it by just hearing his voice, or seeing him on TNT's Inside the NBA. After reading/listening to this book, I have come to recognize that he's a gifted author, writer/poet sportscaster, husband, father and friend. This is a book that I really enjoyed listening to. The audible narration is loud and clear. He keeps his emotions in check. Even though there are some truly heartfelt moments where you want to shed a tear. The way he thrills you with those important milestones in his life. And how he inspires you as you read is amazing in its own right. To God be the glory. There's nothing crass, immature or off putting in his book. He simply tells it like it is. Finally, "Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary is a "blackberry moment" that should not be missed. Great job, Ernie!

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  • Stella’s mom
  • 28-06-17

Enjoyable audiobook

Although I was familiar with Ernie Johnson as a broadcaster for Turner sports, I really didn't know anything else about him. I saw him do an interview on TV where his book was referenced. am glad I was able to listen to it. It was worth the time.

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  • Sam
  • 03-12-19

Ordinary and extraordinary

I’m impressed by Ernie Johnson’s humility and courage to be a blessing. While he has wealth and privilege he and his family take on the struggles of others in order to be a blessing. The fact that he was a “good guy” yet he still needs Jesus shows the reality of all of us and the saving power of God.
I was blessed by your story and inspired in many ways. I hope to be a father who’s sons are my best friends. I hope to be a husband who adores and supports my wife like you. I hope to use my position of influence as a blessing to those near and far.
Thank you Mr. Johnson
From now on as I watch Inside the NBA I will see it in a different light.
Blessings

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  • Todd Williamson
  • 03-11-19

Encouraging!

Listened to this while going through a stressful work related time. God used this book to help me see the blackberry moments that were happening all around me while in the midst of the stress. My son recommended the book. How awesome is that! Thanks Ernie for sharing your story.

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  • Andrew O. Taylor
  • 10-09-19

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Very disappointing and it lacks real subatance! Stories focus mostly around him and his family and not all of the legends he interacted with. Avoid!

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  • Susan Cruz
  • 21-05-19

Entertaining Story of Ernie Johnson and his family

Really enjoyable read, especially if you are a sports fan and enjoy the NBA on TNT and its funny and engaging commentator/co-commentators.

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  • P. Stoneburner
  • 06-05-19

Very enjoyable, inspiring book!

I just finished listening to this book. Ernie Johnson does a wonderful job reading it and the stories he tells about his own life experiences are down to earth, real life and inspiring. The listener will be challenged to examine their own life because of Ernie’s example. His struggle with cancer, the challenges that come with a special needs child and adopting older children with baggage are met with courage, faith and grace. Ernie finds joy through it all. I highly recommend this book.

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  • COlleen
  • 08-03-19

Finished it in a day!

Ernie is a great story teller and there are great points made in this book.

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  • Saar Family
  • 18-12-18

awesome!

so inspiring and perspective-shifting. aabsolutely loved it! It was so easy to listen to. got teary-eyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-18

Amazing Heatfelt message

This was an amazing listen. Ernie tells his heartfelt message. Great story that really inspires you to learn and love the little moments in life.