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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Allen S.
  • 14-12-21

Good stories...but

Would have preferred if Al read the whole book instead of just certain chapters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-07-21

Disappointed

Al has one of the most recognizable voices in broadcasting. I would have expected him to the book himself. Not just a few chapters. I expected better from him. Money grab.

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  • D. Corson
  • 18-09-22

Al Michaels is an American treasure

I love Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth on SNF, I think they’re the best broadcasting team out there, so I was curious about Al’s career. This book covers it well in entertaining style, I’m headed back to the beginning to listen again. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on his early days doing baseball games in Hawaii and then for the Cincinnati Reds and the early 70s Big Red Machine. There are some great stories in here, including the 1980 Lake Placid Miracle on Ice, and the reading by Al Michaels (a couple chapters) and the other reader is engaging and enjoyable.

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  • Steve R
  • 27-07-22

Great Documentary

Took Al Michaels to about 2014. Only issue I had was this should have been narrated by Al. He did narrate 2 chapters but the rest was by someone else. He wasn’t bad but not Al

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  • Paul Sanfilippo
  • 18-07-22

Very little narrated by Al.

would have enjoyed much more if narrated by Al. only a few small parts in his own voice. it's a shame too, would have been much more compelling. I would not have bought this had I known how little he would be telling his own tale.

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  • David A Thompson
  • 26-03-22

Do you believe in…

What a fantastic listen. Al Michaels has lived a legendary life. It’s unbelievable how everything came together in his life. Truly enjoyed it. It’s a must read/listen thumbs up 👍