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More Than Rivals

A Championship Game and a Friendship That Moved a Town Beyond Black and White

Author Ken Abraham
Narrator Roscoe Orman
Runtime 10.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date July 7, 2016
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An Inspiring True Story Set in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era

By 1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the southern town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Desegregation had emotions running high. The town was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of something incredible.

Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were boys growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for basketball. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.

Readers will love this fast-paced true story of courage, determination, character, and forgiveness.

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Winner of a 2017 EXCELLENCE award from Communicator Awards

An Inspiring True Story Set in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era

By 1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the southern town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Desegregation had emotions running high. The town was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of something incredible.

Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were boys growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for basketball. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.

Readers will love this fast-paced true story of courage, determination, character, and forgiveness.

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Truly Inspiring
I've really enjoyed listening to this inspiring true story set in the civil rights era of 1960s/70s southern America. I'm not a sports fan so I'm glad this wasn't just about basketball, but more about the two boys growing up on different sides of a divided town. Roscoe Orman narrated this perfectly for me changing his voice for all the different characters, making me laugh out loud, sign and shake my head in disbelief as the story progressed. Having never personally experienced racial discrimination I was horrified and saddened by some of the scenarios told in this story and was so relieved when certain members of Gallatin rose above the status quo to love their neighbours as themselves. Although I love the audio version of this book I think I would have enjoyed reading the print version as there are some excellent quotes that I would've liked to mark and remember. I'd definitely recommend this audio to anyone who loves an inspiring listen for fans of sports or not.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for the free copy.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/22/2016)
Engaging story
An engaging story that keeps you entertained. The narration is perfect
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Review by / (Posted on 8/17/2016)
Good content, love the ending.
Very well done.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/9/2016)