• The Making of a Miracle

  • The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • By: Mike Eruzione, Neal Boudette
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (239 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the 40th anniversary of the historic "Miracle on Ice", Mike Eruzione - the captain of the 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, who scored of the winning goal - recounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.

It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and unsigned amateurs, under the tutelage of legendary coach - and legendary taskmaster - Herb Brooks, beat the elite Soviet hockey team on their way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. No one believed the scrappy Americans had a real shot at winning. Despite being undefeated, the US - the youngest team in the competition - were facing off against the four-time defending gold medalist Russians. But the Americans’ irrepressible optimism, skill, and fearless attitude helped them outplay the seasoned Soviet team and deliver their iconic win. 

As captain, Mike Eruzione led his team on the ice on that Friday, February 22, 1980. But beating the USSR was only one of the numerous challenges Mike has faced in his life. In this inspiring memoir, he recounts the obstacles he has overcome, from his blue-collar upbringing in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to his battle to make the Boston University squad; his challenges in the minor leagues and international tournaments to his selection to the US team and their run for gold. He also talks about the aftermath of that stupendous win that inspired and united the nation at a time of crisis in its history. 

Eruzione has lived a hockey life full of unexpected twists and surprising turns. Al Michaels’ famous call in 1980 - "do you believe in miracles? Yes!" - could have been about Mike himself. Filled with vivid portraits - from his hard-working, irrepressible father to the irascible Herb Brooks to the Russian hall of famers Tretiak, Kharlamov, Makarov, and Fetisov - this lively, fascinating look back is destined to become a sports classic and is a must for hockey fans, especially those who witnessed that miraculous day. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Mike Eruzione and Neal Boudette (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book, way better than I expected.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I was a little concerned because we all kind of know the story, and I saw some low reviews on the narrator, but I was blown away with the full story and I thought the narration was just fine. I grew up playing hockey and my three kids all play now (I coach them) and this was such a great book, especially in the heart of our hockey season. I hope to meet Mike some day, great book.

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awesome

great book, interesting and fun to hear from the perspective of the team captain. totally awesome.

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Not a hockey fan but loved this book

I was 4yr old in 1980 so I know of this story by way of ESPN and Sports Illustrated in the 90s-00’s. I loved this book! A commuting page turner.

Chapters 12 & 13 brought tears for all the reasons!

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If you love hockey and the miracle then listen

It was great hearing Mike's story and journey. I thought it was laid out well and very easy to listen. Its a great story.

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USA USA USA!!! 🇺🇸

Great insight from Captain Mike on his life and what it was like for his Team USA! I was born in '82 so I wasn't able to take in the Olympic craze at the time but every American knows about the 1980 "Miracle" on ice!!!

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It was a great book to listen to - but when you know the person speaks in a East Coast accent - the narrator really needed an east coast accent

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Brilliantly inspiring.

I’m not a hockey fan, not even a sports fan. While there is plenty for those who are, this book holds so much more in its chapters. It’s a story about a man and those people in his like whose influences ultimately conspire to alter his destiny. (Their influences and a lot of hard work on Mikes part). The author writes in such a fashion, you want to finish the book in one sitting! Looking forward to his next book!

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Could hardly stop listening.

I am not a sports fan and particularly not ice hockey but this story in so many ways captured my attention to the point of distraction. It was full of humility, honesty, at the same time it was gritty to the point of cringing. I imagine the only way to appreciate this review is to experience the story for yourself. I highly recommend it regardless of age, gender or love of sports.

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great story about an amazing time and pacel

Amàzing story behind an event in USA history that transcends decades. Thanks to Mighty Mike for keeping the memory alive .

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All the feels

Loved every minute of this memoir and felt as if I was right there with the Captain throughout his entire life. I’ll never forget those Olympics and to hear “the rest of the story” was a true gift.