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You Can't Make This Up

Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television
Narrated by: Al Michaels, Ray Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports.

No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. Over the course of his forty-plus year career, he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster in history, and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life.

Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top, covering some of the greatest moments of the past half century - from the “Miracle on Ice” - the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals - to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here - Michael Jordan, Bill Walton, Pete Rose, Bill Walsh, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, John Madden, Howard Cosell, Cris Collinsworth, and many, many more.

Forthright and down-to-earth, Michaels tells the truth as he sees it, giving listeners unique insight into the high drama, the colorful players, and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture.

©2014 Al Michaels (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Shortfellow
  • 30-11-14

Great, everything I hoped for, but...

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...a major disappointment that Al didn't read the whole book. The other narrator is just fine (except for his penchant for reading a score of 4-3 as "four and three"). Al's voice is so familiar, the stories he tells are so associated with him personally, that to have someone else read most of it is a letdown. Fortunately, Al himself read the "Miracle" chapter.

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  • JW
  • 16-12-14

A Fantastic Book...Simply Fantastic !

If you could sum up You Can't Make This Up in three words, what would they be?

A treasure chest of stories, experiences and behind the scenes views of a remarkable person and career. An amazing book.

What does Al Michaels and Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Porter does such a good job narrating most of the book, you feel like it's Al Michaels speaking.

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If you're a sports fan, especially in your 50's, you'll feel like your on a wonderful path down memory lane. Even if you're not in your 50's, the stories and behind the scenes perspectives of some of our greatest sports events are fantastic. I recommended this book to a young man I work with and my son, both young men, they loved it.There's also a very interesting glimpse of network sports programming. I highly recommend this audio book. I've listened to many and it will be the first that I will listen to again.

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  • tim o
  • 04-01-15

Come on Al.. Can't read the whole book?

Lost a little with the other guy reading it... Just a pet peeve of mine I wanted your book.. Not you and some other guy

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  • Wendy White
  • 05-02-16

Almost great

This is a well written account of a remarkable career. I've enjoyed Al's work most of my adult life. His best known work-Lake Placid hockey, the 1989 World Series, MNF, SNF are a large part of my sports life. He gives the listener wonderful details and reminiscences of former colleagues like Howard Cosell while sorting through the varied corporate wranglings that have over time defined how we understand and interpret American sport. He traces his varied and impressive career dropping references like seeds that bloom years later to have significant impact. In short, it's fundamentally good and engaging story telling.

The disappointment of the audio version is that Al only reads the Preface and a couple other chapters himself (The story of 1980 Olympic hockey among them). The bulk of the text is read by Ray Porter who is not up to the task, or at least I can't believe that Al or any other sports fan listened to Roy's contribution. It's full of mispronunciation s and other gaffes. Nits perhaps, but they do stick out as catchable and fixable and detract from an otherwise enjoyable time.

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  • Melissa Ford
  • 20-10-20

Awesome Book

Loved this book, it was very entertaining, had lots of good laughs, and several sad moments. Really loved hearing about your story, the climb to the top, and you are amazing broadcaster.

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  • kennylcx
  • 27-07-20

Sports fan dream book

When I saw Al Michaels didn’t narrate the whole book I was bummed, but Jon Wertheim did an outstanding job. A great story...

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  • William Thomas
  • 20-06-20

Great Story....read the book instead

The stories are wonderful, and I loved hearing the stories I remember about Al and also some of the stories I didn't know. However, Al reads only 3 of the chapters (Prologue, Miracle, and Howard Cosell). I would have rather read the book because I can hear Al's voice in my head when I read, but instead I had to listen to a random narrator tell Al's story for the most part. I am kind of surprised that someone that does broadcasting didn't read his own autobiography, but as a result I can't really recommend this as an audio book. For sit down reading though, I think this can't be beat!

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  • JIM HOWELL
  • 13-06-20

Would loved to have had Al the whole way, but Ray was just fine

A fantastic book from Al Michaels - one that held your interest through every single chapter. Great weave of connection between eras, jobs and colleagues. I’ve read some criticism about the fact that Al only did three chapters orally himself, and of course, I think anyone would’ve loved to have had the author be the entire narrator. But Al has a schedule, and you have to understand that. I also think that some of the criticisms about the readings of Ray Porter that I’ve read are a bit unfair. I think he did a fine job. Granted, if you’re a sports fan, then you do grit your teeth and wince a bit when he mispronounces such prominent sports names as Bill Van Breda Kolff (pronounced “van-BREDD-uh-koff), Alex Wallau (easy to mispronounce if you weren’t a boxing fan: “WAH-loo”), Elias Sosa (again, a toughie, since I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone else pronounce their first name as “ee-LEE-ehs”) and Doug DeCinces (“deh-SIN-say”). Other than that, Ray was in a no – win situation having to pick up where Al left off, and I think he did a fine job. Highly recommend this listen

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  • Christopher J. Bscherer
  • 10-04-20

awesome!

one of the best sports stories I've ever heard. he has lived a sports fans dream!!

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  • HEDHNTR
  • 21-10-19

Good narration and content, but weak close

Ray Porter is amazing as always, and overall good content, but a weak closing leaves the listener unfulfilled.