Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions From Center Court

Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court

‘GOT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT: TRUE STORIES AND FLAGRANT OPINIONS FROM CENTER COURT’


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OPENING LINE:

Does Jalen Rose give the people what they want in this audiobook?


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

“I want to start conversations and, even better, arguments.” (From the Introduction)
One of the most outspoken and original voices in sports sounds off while revealing his incredible life story.
Jalen Rose has never been quiet. Not as a kid growing up in Detroit in the ’70s and ’80s. Not as the brash, trash-talking leader of the legendary “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan. Not as the player under the stewardship of Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and others throughout his 13-year NBA career. And certainly not as a commentator and analyst on ABC/ESPN and Grantland.
In Got to Give the People What They Want, no topic is off limits.
Honest, unfiltered, unbiased. Raw, refreshing, real. This colorful collection of stories and opinions about basketball and life gives people the kind of insight and understanding they don’t get anywhere else in the sports world.
©2015 Jalen Rose (P)2015 Random House Audio


THE PLOT:

Jalen Rose is one of my favorite sports commentators. The biggest reason for that is also the reason I could not wait to read this book. Whether you agree with Jalen all the time, part of the time or never, the fact remains that he always has something interesting to say.
‘Got to Give the People What They Want’ is the life story of Jalen Rose. From his days growing up with very little in Detroit, through his High School career, on to the Fab Five days at Michigan, to his 13 years in the NBA, and now his career in the media. Jalen covers topics ranging from growing up and basketball to friendship and fatherhood.
There are two things that become apparent when you listen to this autobiography. The first is Rose’s desire to give back to his old neighborhood and do good in the community. You will read a fair bit about the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and how it works.
The second thing that comes across is that Jalen Rose does not hold any grudges. This is not an angry book. You’re not going to listen to Jalen call out anyone that may have wronged him. This comes across most vividly when Jalen talks about his relationship, or lack thereof, with his father, former NBA player Jimmy Walker.
Jalen does have some thought provoking ideas on the state of amateur athletics and his days as one of the driving forces on the University of Michigan basketball team during the early 1990s. All things considered, the Fab Five section of the book is far more interesting and covered in more depth than his NBA career.
There is one thing that I find lacking in the book. During the acknowledgements, the first one to get thanks is Jesus Christ. This was surprising to me since there were few, if any, references to religion and faith in the book. Jalen is a very thoughtful guy, so it would have been nice to hear his take on faith.
There is one other thing that is missing from the book, however since Jalen points it out towards the end, I don’t want to spoil it. I will say that it is a refreshing absence, and the reason for it not being in the book made me like Jalen that much more.


THE AUTHOR:

If you are a stickler for grammar, then you will have some issues with this book. There are some interesting turns of phrase to be found here and that might be putting it mildly.
However, it is written in the voice of Jalen Rose and it does reflect that. While maybe not grammatically correct, it is how listeners would hear Jalen speak on his podcast. An author needs to write in his own voice, and sometimes that comes at the expense of good grammar.
There is at least one inaccuracy in the book. Jalen talks about Bill Clinton attending a game between Arkansas and Michigan in 1994, and says he wasn’t the President yet. Clinton was elected in 1992. If there are any other factual issues, someone with a more in-depth knowledge of basketball than I will have to point them out.


THE NARRATION:

Jalen Rose is a very charismatic individual. While some of that does come through on this track, he doesn’t have anyone to play off of, and that brings out a different type of performance.
I would call Jalen’s reading style very aggressive. He speaks firmly and clearly at all times, but it doesn’t exactly feel conversational. Also, there are some awkward pauses at times which serve as a reminder that he is reading and not conversing.
Still, because he has so much natural charisma, the narration manages to remain entertaining.


THE PRODUCTION:

There is no music or other sound effects to be found on the track. Chapter stops match up with the actual book chapters, and the track is clear and free of any defect. Basically, it is all you would want out of a track recorded in 2015.


CONCLUSION:

Anyone who is a fan of Jalen Rose will enjoy this book quite a bit. Jalen has some strong opinions and is not shy about sharing them. As is the case when he does other kinds of media, he is able to clearly state his case on any issue. Whether you agree with him or not, you will walk away with a clear understanding of where he is coming from.
In the end, ‘Got to Give the People What They Want’ is a book that lives up to its title. If anything, it is a book that gives the people what they want while making them want to come back for more in the future.


QUICK FACTS:

Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court
Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court Jalen Rose Jalen Rose Random House Audio Sports 10/06/2015 9 hours, 32 minutes 4/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘GOT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT: TRUE STORIES AND FLAGRANT OPINIONS FROM CENTER COURT’ was purchased from Audible for review.

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