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Searching for Bobby Fischer
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Searching for Bobby Fischer
Edition: Unabridged
Creators: Fred Waitzkin, Lloyd James
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Pub. date: 1/7/2008
Lib. SRP: 27.97 USD
Ret. SRP: 16.95 USD
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Lib. ISBN: 9781481560962
Ret. ISBN: 9781481560979
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
Min. Version: OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
File size: 234665 KB
Duration: 08:19:57
Grade Range: Grade 8 - Grade 12
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Sports & Recreations, Nonfiction
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Short Description:
   

Fred Waitzkin was smitten by 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.

Full Description:
   

Fred Waitzkin was smitten by 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.

Reviews:
  AudioFile
      “Superb….narrator Lloyd James…so fully inhabits the first-person narrative that he turns the book into a disturbing and fascinating character study.”
  AudioFile Magazine
      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
  Publisher's Weekly
     

September 1, 1988
Ever since he started playing tournament chess at age seven, Josh Waitzkin, an athletic, fun-loving, not overly studious boy, has been among the top-rated players of his age group in the U.S. He is now 11. The troubled relationship between son and father, a talented but amateur chess buff, torn between ambitions for the prodigy and guilt at exploiting him, develops here against a background of chess clubs, seedy game parlors and Washington Square populated by a colorful gallery of Manhattan chess loversmasters, hustlers, Russian emigre teachers and doting parents. In marked contrast, notes the author, is the hero status of chess champions in Russia and the palatial setting of competitions like the Moscow Hall of Columns where he and his son attended the 1984 Karpov-Kasparov matches, which may have been not only state-supported but politically controlled, he contends. What, the author wonders, will become of Fischer's legacy of a promising generation of young American players following their idol's premature retirement from chess and society? First serial to the New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated; author tour.

Creator Marketing:
  Lloyd James     
     

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.

  Fred Waitzkin     
     

Fred Waitzkin was born in Massachusetts in 1943 and graduated from Kenyon College. He has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha's Vineyard and fishes regularly in the Bahamas.

OR

Fred Waitzkin is the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer and Mortal Games. He has written for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha's Vineyard and fishes regularly in the Bahamas.

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