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    The media has often speculated and sports fans have debated, but until now no one has known the real story. Personal Foul takes an in-depth look at former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the betting scandal that rocked professional basketball. This is the decisive book that reveals exactly what was done and how it all happened. Which games were affected and how? Did referees target particular players or teams? Just how much did the NBA know and when? How did the mafia get involved? The book answers all of these questions and more.

    Thrilling and poignant, Personal Foul takes readers on the journey of one man wrestling his own demons and shines a light on a culture of gambling and "directive" officiating in the NBA that promises to change the way sports fans view the game forever. The book also includes a foreword by Phil Scala, the FBI Special Agent who worked the Gambino case.

    ©2009 Tim Donaghy (P)2013 Tim Donaghy

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    • Global
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    • Roman
    • 23/12/2013

    The Disgrace that is the NBA

    Would you consider the audio edition of Personal Foul to be better than the print version?

    Not at all. The reader sounded like he was in a hurry and his pronunciation was atrocious----a problem, unfortunately all too common in audio books. Initially, I thought that the mispronunciations were limited to proper nouns (players' names), which while still inexcusable, would at least be tolerable. But alas, that was not the case.

    What other book might you compare Personal Foul to and why?

    I can't think of another book with which to compare Personal Foul, but I found it to be an honest and candid representation of the circumstances leading to the problem----i.e. no whining or constantly making excuses, blaming others etc. In fact, to my shock, I found myself empathizing with the author.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, primarily with the plethora of mispronunciations.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by learning the extent----not the existence--of corruption and incompetence in the NBA management and officiating. If I continue to watch NBA games, and I still haven't decided upon that, it will certainly be with a jaundiced eye. Is pro basketball a sport, like college basketball where fouls are called on the basis of objective criteria, or a "performance," where the object is to keep high profile players on the floor "no matter what"? Clearly it's the latter, and this is evident across the board.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Couldn't put it down.

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    • James D Kerins
    • 16/07/2021

    worst narrator ever

    I was so looking forward to this book but the narrator made it intolerable. couldn't even finish.

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    • LiveFromThe6
    • 16/03/2021

    Good book

    Not a slander, tell all unless you count the shady guys who set him up to get caught. Those guys are not NBA affiliated.

    Does give good insight into how games are and are not called and how it gave Tim good understanding of how the outcomes may go. Overall I enjoyed it.

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    • John E Jenkins
    • 02/02/2021

    I don’t feel crazy anymore

    This book is fantastic! It confirms everything we felt like we already knew about NBA officiating. The ref’s fix outcomes and it’s done intentionally. Now I look at the NBA on par with Professional Wrestling, choreographed and fake. The story is well written and fascinating. I only wish someone would have worked with the narrator on player names, it’s a bit embarrassing how bad that was in this reading. The narrator clearly has never watched NBA games or he would know these names.

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    • JOEL
    • 12/04/2020

    Great Story, Poor Performance

    This is a very intriguing story that gives any NBA fan a glimpse into the world of NBA officiating. There are many "ahh" moments in this book. This book not only goes into Donaghy's background and road to infamy, it also gives you an insight into why and how games certain games are officiated. If you've ever wondered why the NBA's elite players never get into foul trouble or always get the calls when driving the paint, this book is for you. Also, gives you an insight into the NBA's perspective on playoff and Final's matchups. It's all about the money.
    Penna's performance almost ruins the entire book. If the story wasn't intriguing, I would've stopped listening the first 5 minutes. Penna is very mechanical and it feels very rushed. No emotion, almost robotic delivery. Probably one of the wost deliveries I've listened to.

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    • Jeffrey Rice
    • 28/05/2017

    good book, narrator is average at best though.

    revealing book about Tim's story and refereeing in the NBA....however if the narrator is important to you I'd listen to a sample first.

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    • Brian
    • 01/03/2017

    Great read/listen for sports fans

    Captivating true story from one of the NBA's biggest scandals. Della Penna does a great job narrating & keeps your attention & focus through all the highs & lows.

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    • Casey
    • 23/06/2016

    Good content

    Maybe hire a reader who has actually watched a basketball player. Couldn't pronounce the names of many well-known basketball personalities.

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    • Ryan of Silly Reviews
    • 03/08/2015

    Learn how to pronounce players' names

    I get taken out of the zone when the reader doesn't know how to pronounce the name of the athlete.

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    • Ray
    • 03/06/2015

    Horrible storyline

    Book was easy to follow, but I didn't like that the story was written in such a depressing tone. Tim did the crime he was happy getting the money, he should be happy with the punishment. The nerve of this guy baffles me how he writes a tell all book as an ex con but calls ppl low life punk thugs, he's racist and condescending