• The Club

  • How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
  • By: Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (396 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and 25 years of drama remade an ancient institution into a 21st-century entertainment empire.

No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly 200 countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.

Deeply researched and drawing on 100 exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.

©2018 Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Read don't listen

Love the anecdotes and history, which are well-written. It takes a lot for me to write a negative review, and as a life-long anglophile, I'm sorry to say this narrator's sing-song style is hard to listen to and detracts from the material. Would recommend reading the book instead.

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Sausage-making self indulgence

I picked this book based on its title and publisher’s summary, looking to hear a good story about the Premier League. While absolutely aligned to the title, the narrative itself went into minutiae to be enjoyed mostly the authors. It’s as if the book promised a good story on how sausage became a favorite for breakfast, only to dedicate most of the narrative to the exacting science of optimizing every ounce of edible (and not so edible) raw ingredient.

The narrator of this version made matters worse with his awkward intonation and cadence, which for someone who is partially deaf and wears hearing aids, means I enjoyed every other word.

Certainly worth reading if you a) have the right expectations, and b) have perfect hearing.

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This is for diehard fans only

I was hoping this would help solidify my understanding of the EPL and what makes it tick. Instead, I learned about specific details dating back 20+ years. I am sure this is a great book for the diehard soccer fan. As for me, I will keep searching for a better understanding of the EPL.

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Great Read

As an American who got into the EPL four years ago and a big Liverpool fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of great facts and fun stories.

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The worst narration possible!

The content is only average. It feels like it’s aimed at an American who’s noticed more PL matches are showing up on TV. If you follow European soccer you’ll learn very little.

The audiobook, however, is a disaster. It’s almost like the narrator is trying to read this as poorly as possible. Speeding him up to 1.5x helped a little.

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Very dry story with a very dry narrator.

Thought this would be a lot more fun, talking about eccentric billionaire owners and funny antidotes. I hung in for a long time but it was too dull.

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Great Story for Any EPL Fan

Loved the content; really fascinating. Definitely a book I could return to just to take in content I missed but probably won’t just because it’s a marathon. Happy to have read it! My one critique was the reader. His cadence, or pacing, was awful. I listened on 1.5 speed and still he sounded like he was taking a long pause between every sentence or two. It was very irritating once I realized he was doing this. Just read the book dude.

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Awesome and fascinating book!

I love European football and learned more than I could have imagined from The Club. If you like Premier League football or enjoy Ted Lasso, read this book!

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Irritating

An irritatingly superficial history of the Premier League read in a very irritating manner. The book delves no further into the behind-the-scenes goings-on than a summary lead in a tabloid. Disappointing.

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Great book ruined by atrocious performance

Well researched and written book but the narrator completely ruins the audio format. Very unusual cadence.