• Gunslinger

  • The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (457 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A towering figure on the field for two decades and destined for the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game's last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way.

Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's full, definitive story for the first time, drawing on more than 500 interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts Favre's journey, from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last roster spot at Southern Mississippi to a late-night car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL, first to Atlanta, then to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father the day before he honored him by playing the greatest game of his career, and ultimately a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved.

©2016 Jeff Pearlman (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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No Aaron Rodgers by any Stretch

I'v been a Packer Fan my entire life. There were some pretty rough rooting years through the 70's and 80's, and when Don Majkowski came on the scene in the early 90's, I thought the Packers had indeed turned the page and they would no longer be the door mat to the NFC. I had no idea when Favre stepped in after a "Magic Man" injury, that I, along with the entire Packer fan base would witness 15 years of phenomenal football lead by arguably the best Quarterback to play the game. Teams like Denver, and Miami, and Dallas will argue in favor of their respective HOF QB, but they must agree, there will never be another to play the game like Brett Favre. Never!

This was a pretty decent book, with excellent insight into what Favre experienced as a player both in college, and in the NFL. And there is a glimpse of what it must've been like to line up behind center in some of the games most memorable games. One can only imagine. One might also wonder how such a great player continued to struggle off the field with everything from pain killers to infidelity when it seemed he had the world at his finger tips. Nobody is perfect, and this book does an excellent job of confirming that notion by including every detail, regardless of the topic. What is simply mesmerizing is how he is able to deal with each event while playing a professional sport at the level he did. Amazing!

I was disappointed with the narration. The reader tries too hard to mimic the voices of those he is reading about which (to me) becomes a distraction from an otherwise very interesting topic. I don't need him to raise the pitch in his voice every time he quotes a female. It just sounds...weird. Read the book! I get that Brett's sister is being quoted, I don't want to hear the high-pitch voice inflection of a man.

All-in-all, if you're a Packer fan like me or a Football fan looking to augment your library with a story about one of the games best, put this title in your library. It's well worth the credit, and the 17+ hours to get through it.

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ah shucks

pretty good book, Brett was kinda of a shit head but learned alot about him

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nice side stories

Some good stories I had never heard. Maybe a little too much play-by-play action. The narrator did a good job except the voices were a little goofy

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It was an ok read

Narrator was ok but had strange and sometimes creepy voices for characters. For the most part I enjoyed this book.

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If your Favre fan, don't read!!

The author is not a Favre fan and he does more to tear the qb apart for all his faults than praise for the good he did. Sorry but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Covers Brett well

Learned some good things. Pearlman seems like guy who is not gonna rip you off. Put together a well researched book that was fair but honest.

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Fun Read

Great book!!! Pearlman is my favorite sports journalist-his books are always engaging and entertaining. If you are interested in Brett Favre, I recommend this book.

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Excellent, entertaining and so true!

I not only appreciated the performance but the entire story was well read, and spot on. I met my camera

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Great, insightful listen

Pearlman is great. This is the third book of his I've read/listened to, and they're all great. He has an incisive, witty touch, and can deliver sharp critiques quite deftly. I highly recommend this and his other books.

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Good stuff

Stop idolizing athletes. They are flawed like everyone and that's in my mind what makes their accomplishments even more amazing. Great book

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