Searching for Bobby Fischer

A Father's Story of Love and Ambition
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.80 hours)
Product Number: Z100095867
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481560962
Narrator/s: Lloyd James
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Description

Fred Waitzkin became smitten with chess during the historic Fischer-Spassky championship in 1972. When Fischer disappeared from public view, Waitzkin's interest waned-until his own son, Josh, emerged as a chess prodigy. Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin's dreams for his son.

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Author(s): Fred Waitzkin
Original Publish Date: Jan 07, 2008

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Fred Waitzkin
Narrator(s): Lloyd James
Product Number DD6436
Released: Jul 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470890025
eBook
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Author(s): Fred Waitzkin
Product Number EB00699546
Released: Mar 03, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781504043038

Professional reviews

"The bestselling true story of how the author discovered his toddler was a chess prodigy and how the tyke developed until he came to win a national championship forms the superstructure for a rumination on the world of chess. While the hit film version focused on the son, the original concerns neither the boy nor the game, but on the filtering of both through author's self-preoccupation (of which Waitzkin pere seems little aware). The surface benignity covers disturbing undercurrents. Nowhere, for instance, do we find any hint of parental love. In this superb audio version, narrator Lloyd James neither narrates nor reads. Instead, he just talks, reminisces, pontificates, explains, thinks out loud. It's as if he were bending the ear of a bartender or therapist--rehashing the subject he has held forth upon too many times in the past and will do so again too many times in the future. In short, he so fully inhabits the first-person narrative that he turns the book into a disturbing and fascinating character study. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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