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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks, Larry
Regarding the abridged version of Bird Watching on audio tape, listening to Larry's book simply reinforced everything I've always believed about him. One of the most repeated comments the media makes is that Larry is a "simple" man. They mean it as a compliment. However, I totally disagree. His book is no great work of art. It is not going to win the...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2000 von Irene Banks

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Self indulgent with no real insight
A very poorly written book, seemingly written toward a fourth grade level. Although I didn't expect much more from Larry, I did think that the cowriter (Jackie MacMullen) would have more control of the English language and the ability to clean up the rather pedantic prose. Larry spends the whole book telling us how he hates the limelight yet repetitively does things...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks, Larry, 29. Mai 2000
Regarding the abridged version of Bird Watching on audio tape, listening to Larry's book simply reinforced everything I've always believed about him. One of the most repeated comments the media makes is that Larry is a "simple" man. They mean it as a compliment. However, I totally disagree. His book is no great work of art. It is not going to win the Pulitzer Prize. However, it reveals that Larry Bird is no simple man. He's smart, funny, sensitive, and most of all, his own person. In Bird Watching, he explains that he didn't choose to coach the Pacers simply because they are from Indiana or to help them build a new arena or to become a marketing tool. Larry Bird is no sell-out. In one of the better chapters of the book, Larry explains the difficulties with his back. Surprisingly, he said that even if he had not been a professional athlete, he probably would have had similar problems because of a congenital problem. Like most people, I had no idea that his back was as bad as it was. Or that he played in so much pain for so long. Listening to his book, I could sense how frustrating the problem must have been. The most illuminating part was the way he explained the psychological ramifications of his back problems. It wasn't so much that he couldn't play, it was because he didn't want to let down the season-ticket holders who had paid good money to watch him for the entire season. I believe that those of us who had the pleasure of following Bird's career are truly lucky. Who can forget the double overtime game against Chicago in which Jordan scored 63 points, yet the Celtics still won? Who can forget Johnny Most screaming Bird stole the ball! Bird stole the ball! (And DJ having the court presence to actually make the basket?) Who can forget Bird hitting the deck against Indiana and coming back out of the tunnel to chants of Larry! Larry! Larry! Who can forget the championships? Larry Bird is a unique and impressive person. I wish there was some way I could thank him for the years of hard work, loyalty, and drive he gave to the Celtics, the Pacers, his teammates, his players, and his fans. We all truly, truly appreciate it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen endearing, 3. März 2000
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The most striking attribute of Bird Watching is its sincerity and candor. I've always liked Larry Bird and this was a must purchase. He doesn't pull any punches here. I was a little surprised by some of the things he wrote here, but still appreciated and enjoyed knowing it. I learned more about who Larry Bird is rather than an image....it may even change your impression of him after reading it
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Light, entertaining read -- no more, no less., 23. März 2000
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I enjoyed the book. It's perfect for the airplane or doctor's office. Interesting, entertaining, but easy to put down and pick back up. Not great writing, not great literature -- but, hey, it's not supposed to be.
The gossip about the Celtics was fun and I thought that was the strongest part of the book. The chapters on Magic and Jordan are weak in comparison.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Must buy for Bird fans; a quick but very interesting read, 17. September 1999
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This book is virtually required reading for any fan of the Celtics, Pacers, or Larry Bird. If you ever wondered what Bird's thoughts were regarding his late-career injuries, his role with the Dream Team, his days in the Celtic front office, or his becoming a first-time NBA head coach, you're in luck. Larry Legend lays it all out in straightforward, no-bull fashion. While the book could hardly be labeled a "tell-all expose," it does contain a number of surprising revelations: his previously unknown heart condition, the machinations in the Celtic organization which wound up with the hiring of Rick Pitino, what Bird thought of certain former teammates and opponents, and so on. The book is a relatively quick read, even at approx. 320 pages, but I found it highly entertaining. I confess to being a big Bird fan before I ever read this book, but even if you're not, I suspect you'll come away duly impressed by the man's humility, honesty, and intelligence. As for the book's co-writer, Jackie MacMullan, it's impossible to know how much of the wording, tone, and style is hers vs. Larry's, but my impression is that she was true to her subject. In addition, I suspect her considerable writing skills were instrumental in creating such a smooth, concise work. Who'd have guessed that Larry Bird, painfully shy and inarticulate as a young man, would ever produce a candid and interesting book like this? The Hick from French Lick surprises us all again!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Most Valuable Book, 18. November 1999
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Bird Watching is one of those rare books that captures both the man, his courage, yet his simplicity. This book is chock full of surprises and funny stories. Jackie MacMullan, who writes so well for Sports Illustrates, has really slam dunked her first book
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Self indulgent with no real insight, 18. September 1999
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A very poorly written book, seemingly written toward a fourth grade level. Although I didn't expect much more from Larry, I did think that the cowriter (Jackie MacMullen) would have more control of the English language and the ability to clean up the rather pedantic prose. Larry spends the whole book telling us how he hates the limelight yet repetitively does things that draw attention to himself. He explains his failed relationships with Red, Kevin McHale and others as always the other at fault. There is no real self exploration, only excuses and a "That's the way I am." mentality. Save your money.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-read for Bird fans and sports fans!, 14. Januar 2000
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I have read what I thought all there was to know about the greatest baskeball player of all-time. But through this book, I have learned more about the legendary Bird. The book takes you through the later years of Bird's injured-plagued career and through his first years coaching the Pacers. He walks us through his struggles and joys of coaching a team he plans will make the NBA Finals. The book shows me what I truly love about Larry Bird. A book not to be missed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen thought i knew everything about bird. i was wrong., 24. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
As a long-time Bird and Celtic fan, I figured I knew most everything about Bird. But this book reveals a far more personal - and honest - side to our favorite basketball legend than I've seen or read anywhere. Kudos to the author for capturing Bird's introspective voice. i loved it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen learned some things i didnt know about the birdman, 26. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
interesting facts and comments. i believe he should have spent more time on larry"s playing time since he was the greatest player of all time without a doubt!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AWESOME, 8. Oktober 1999
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