• Philly Special

  • The Inside Story of How the Philadelphia Eagles Won Their First Super Bowl Championship
  • By: Sal Paolantonio
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Philly Special

By: Sal Paolantonio
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
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Publisher's Summary

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN takes listeners inside the improbable 2017 championship season of the Philadelphia Eagles - from training camp to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. This is the inside story you will get nowhere else - from the team's storybook start to the nail-biting victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, featuring the "Philly Special", perhaps the most memorable play in Super Bowl history.  

Through exclusive interviews, listeners will learn how the Eagles overcame Carson Wentz's season-ending injury, how the team defied the odds and the critics, and how they beat the greatest dynasty in modern pro football. With exclusive inside access, Paolantonio reveals a rare look into the dynamic between head Coach Doug Pederson, backup quarterback and eventual Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles, and the many individuals who stepped up and answered the call at the right times.  

Paolantonio captures the mood of the team week by week, every step of the way, profiling numerous key players, coaches, and much, much more.

©2018 Sal Paolantonio (P)2019 Tantor

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Poor Narration of a great event

I was very disappointed listening to the narration done by Barry Abrams. This story by Sal Paolantonio- a nationally known ESPN sports reporter headquartered in Philly. I can't recommend this book because of the weak narration. Why didn't Sal narrate it ? Sal has a great distinctive voice that is known by millions of NFL fans countrywide ! ! ! What a shame.

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Relive the moment!

I closed my eyes and listened to you reading this book… It was like reliving this incredible experience again… Thank you

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Great book. Annoying and racist narration at times

Overall I loved the book, but I found it a little annoying when the narrator would change his voice when he was quoting one of the books characters. Also, when he was narrating quotes of black players, he's chang in vocal style was downright racist. I'm amazed that this type of stereotyping was allowed. Good book though.

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Needed Sal Pal

The story was great! Loved the behind the scenes reporting and stories. I was REALLY hoping to hear Sals voice narrating this book. The “reading” of this book almost made me turn it off. Being a diehard Eagles fan I stuck it out. The “impersonations” of the players and coaches was horrible.

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Great detail, narrator impressions just ok

Sal Paolantonio gives excellent details and context to Eagles 2017 season and championship run, it really brings you back to the 7 months that made a lifetime of memories. the reader/narrator impressions were hit or miss, some of them were confusing knowing who those people are

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Thank You Sal Pal!

First off this is a great story and it is very well told by our friend Sal. My only regret, is that seeing how Sal is such a great orator that he didn’t read the story on this audiobook

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A Super Bowl book from A Super Bowl Writer.

Just an amazing account of Philly's Super Bowl victory. Sal is indeed a super writer.

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Great job of telling the story of the 2017 Eagles

Even if you’ve watched Super Bowl 52 over and over (as I have) and the wonderful NFL Films features about it, and even if you’re not an Eagles fan, this is a wonderful presentation of an excellent book and very worthwhile.

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The Sal Paolantonio Story

Sal doesnt miss a chance to talk about himself. Full of cliches and annoyingly bad voice characterizations by the narrator. Quit after chapter four.

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  • James M
  • 12-19-20

Not bad

Narrator was abysmal. His impressions were truly painful. Story was fine, nothing new but still enjoyable as an Eagles fan.