• Sound and Fury

  • Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship
  • By: Dave Kindred
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Muhammed Ali and Howard Cosell, a legendary athlete and a television icon, were individually interesting, but together they were mesmerizing. They were profoundly different, young and old, black and white, a Muslim and a Jew, Ali barely literate, Cosell an editor of his university's law review. Yet they had in common forces that made them unforgettable: both were unprecedented performers who covered enormous insecurities by demanding, loudly and often, public acclaim.

Theirs was an extraordinary alliance that produced drama, comedy, controversy, and a mutual respect that helped shape both men's lives. Dave Kindred draws on his experiences with Ali and Cosell over nearly four decades, as well as new reporting and interviews, to break new ground in our understanding of these two giants who changed sports and television forever.

©2006 Dave Kindred (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"[This book] shows so effectively how each man helped create the legend surrounding the other". (Publishers Weekly)

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Great insight into Ali & Cosell

Among the many biographies of Ali and Cosell this is the best. Kindred does a masterful job in capturing the interplay between the two and provides superb insight into two of the 20th century's greatest men in sport.

The style of covering first one and then the other of these two men as they worked for themselves and used each other to attain and remain in the spotlight is fabulous.

A biography of Ali without Cosell or Cosell without Ali would not accurately represent the life of either man.

Even for someone who was Kindred's neighbor during his time in Atlanta, I can recommend in a most unbiased fashion this book. If you like the human aspect of sport - even if you don't like boxing you still will enjoy this book. My wife who could not care less about boxing has enjoyed the book as well.

Thanks Dave!

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Great narration, superb story.

I was 11 years old when Ali first fought Frazier. There was a huge dispute in my neighborhood about who to root for. I had no idea of the racial, political, and religious controversy regarding Muhammad Ali. This story brings it all to life in a way that honors both the broadcaster and the athlete. When the narrator dropped into his Cosell impersonation I laughed out loud several times. It amazed me that he could do Ali equally as good! Very believable and very good performance by the narrator.

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Challenging

A Wonderful dual biography! This book challenges the myths that have arisen surrounding both men.
After reading it, I had a better appreciation of both of these individuals and a better understanding of the times in which they (and I) lived. It also makes you reflect on the contibutions both real and imagined of both Howard Cosell and Muhammed Ali. It is very listenable and engaging throughout.

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Master Class Narration.

Dick Hill's narration and adroit use of accents/impersonations of Cosell and Ali brings to life two of the most iconic sports figures of the 1960's and 1970's. Their rise to greatness and their struggles are well documented. This is one of the best audible books I have listened to. The narration of this excellent and interesting tome was just a joy for me.

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Inside info

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it was well researched.

What other book might you compare Sound and Fury to and why?

Couldn't say.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Performance was well done.

Was Sound and Fury worth the listening time?

Yes if you are interested in the history of these two people and the times in which they lived.

Any additional comments?

I learned a few things that I was not aware of even though I lived through these times.

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wow

couldn't stop listening great book Howard and Ali what a great story a must have

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Fantastic Book

Great book on Ali and Cosell. I've read many and this one is right up there with the best. Excellent narrator as well. Highly recommended!

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Enlightening

What a great listen and book. The story was concise and hit the mark on both mens lives in so many ways. Such turbulence they lived through yet both were forced against that turbulence.

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Great book and good performance

While you think you must know everything about these two, this book really showed a depth and comprehensive coverage of two very interesting individuals. As someone who grew up during this time I really enjoyed this book.

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Without question, the best and most in-depth look at these two icons of my generation.

I was 12 in 1968. I watched and listened to all the on-air TV shows, interviews, olympics, MNF games, roasts, guest appearances and newspapers articles about these two giants individually and collectively. This work, by a committed and objective journalist, fleshes out the background lives and stories, which aren’t seen on the superficial TV appearances.

It’s what I truly love about non fiction, first hand accounts written by men who witnessed in real time, the accomplishments and the tragedies which befell them both, together and within their own personal lives. This work dispels untrue rumors which had been what I had taken as true, before this book. The narrator is excellent and his depictions of the speakers was true to the texture and tone of the actual voices, without obviously trying to be perfect, due to his respect for those he imitated, who he knows are unimitatible.

A third person story like this, respectfully and responsibly told, honoring great men who shaped the lives and times of those of us fortunate enough to have shared their milieu, is why I am so grateful to Audible for what they do. This, even though they sold out to Amazon. Scott Kennedy, with 850 Audible books purchased since 2013.