• Kobe Bryant - The Black Mamba

  • History, Anecdotes, Famous Phrases and Analysis of the Black Mamba Mentality
  • By: Gregg Thompson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Kinsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My hero!

Every Lakers fan, every basketball fan, and every sports fan should have this book in their library. Here's what you'll find inside.... Keep listening.... We wanted to retrace step-by-step the life of Kobe, from his childhood in Italy to his last moments in life, from the NBA draft to the five rings passing from Kobe as a father to the victory of the Oscar.  

Here are the main themes: 

  • Who is Kobe Bryant?     
  • Childhood high school draft 
  • The five titles 
  • Legacy basketball     
  • Bryant retirement     
  • Personal life 
  • Music, film, and other business     
  • Philanthropy     
  • Bryant's death     
  • The Black Mamba mentality analysis and more     
  • Mamba mentality utilization in your own life     

We hope with all our hearts to bring some of our passion for the Lakers, basketball, and our hero into your homes.   

Mamba out!

©2020 Gregg Thompson (P)2020 Gregg Thompson

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Waste of time

Other than the fact they’re very little about mamba mentality the audible transcription is horrible, so many mistakes and just bad.. surprise This passes audible QA

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not sure if I got the right book here

I truly respected Kobe and was saddened by his passing, but the version I purchased was poorly narrated or written. The descriptions confusing as the wrong words describing the games, stats and awards throughout the first hour I was only able to listen to were not used correctly. I am going to a book store to see it matches. I bought this based on the previous reviews and wanting to learn more about the Mamba Mentality, but did not learn anything about it. I am either confused or very disappointed with this audio version.

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Not what i expected

the book was redundant, as much as i love kobe this book wasn't for me. It wasn't something I didn't know already.

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I DESERVE MY MONEY BACK!!!

The narrator is insufferable and makes it difficult for sports fans to listen. I would not recommend!

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Great as a memorabilia.

It came quickly and I’m absolutely in love with the fact that it’s a hard cover. I got it at a super terrific price too. I highly recommend before they stop selling.

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It goes through a lot of his stories and memories.

True that a lot of these stories might not go as deep as some would like, but I think it's what make this audiobook an easy and pleasant listen.

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I hope you can also appreciate this audiobook.

I love that I have something I can forever own and share with my future kids and teach them about Kobe and his legacy.

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I loved everything about this audiobook.

The mamba mentality isn’t a foreign myth, it’s a standard for which you should value the hard work and the mental aspect.

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Should be a comedy book

The author of this book must not speak English and the narrator barely does and has never watched an NBA game. This audio book is so ridiculous that it made me laugh out loud several times before I stopped it to write this review and then delete it. The only way you could possibly make it through this thing is if you're one of those people that just has to stare at the side of the road when there's a traffic accident. Unfortunately I cannot give negative stars. Audible should be ashamed to have this thing on their app. Thank God I tried it with a free credit on a free trial. If I had paid for this pile of dog shit I would be livid.

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DO NOT BELIEVE THE GOOD REVIEWS!

This HAS to be a psychological experiment by Audible, right? Something to test the threshold of loyal listeners? There’s no way the narrator is human. Definitely sounds like an AI app transcribing the text.

Who knew it was Steven Curry and not Stephen Curry this whole time?!? Apparently the narrator did, multiple times. Also, spoiler alert, Kobe won the dunk contest. Know how I know….the story repeats it at least 10x in the first 1:30:00 of the audio book!

DO NOT listen to this book on a dark highway at night…for yours and other drivers’ safety. To borrow a former NBA player’s term - ‘this book is Trrble.’

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  • Andrew Paterson
  • 10-20-21

clunky

Whilst Kobe was one of the greatest, poorly annunciated lists of stats and dates do not make for an easy listen. Quite a hard listen.

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  • James morrow
  • 06-22-20

poorly written

I love Kobe but this book is a joke. Sounds like it was written by a kid or translated from another language. The grammar is so poor and disjointed and there is so much repetition that I couldn't even finish it. Kobe deserves much better.