Concussion (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by:
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Narrated by:
Hillary Huber

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2015
9 hours 51 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered something he could not ignore. The NFL tried to silence him. His courage would change everything.
“A gripping medical mystery and a dazzling portrait of the young scientist no one wanted to listen to . . . a fabulous, essential read.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for GQ that would go on to inspire the movie Concussion. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. 

Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu asked himself. How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this? 

The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.
Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, Concussion is the stirring story of one unlikely man’s decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth.
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Bruce M

Great listen , tale of a brilliant physician who is color blind and comes to USA & is confronted with racism , as well as greed & power of NFL. Highlights the length NFL will go to in order to protect its self interest---money ! The book is about the fascinating life of Dr. Omalu-Bennet, his discovery of CTE and numerous efforts to discredit him & ignore his research &/or efforts of others to lay claim to his research & profit from this. Also shows lengths FBI took on behalf of NFL to protect NFL & its greed .

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Peter Kleinstiver

A great book with superb narration. I saw the movie but this adds so much more detail. I likely will listen to it a second time. The historical part about Nigeria is most interesting. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Brint Detwiler

The subject story is very riveting. My major complaint with this book is that it takes so long to get to the real topic. We are 3 hours into it before we actually get to the topic of football and concussions. I get that Dr. Omalu came from very tough circumstances surrounding his upbringing in Nigeria and that informs the narrative of his eventual struggle with advancing the fight with CTE, but I really do not need a whole long chapter devoted to the issues and politics surrounding the Nigerian civil war of the 60's and his father's experience during that period. The narrator does a very good job evoking the voice of Dr. Omalu, but there is too much fluff in this book and if I were reading it, I would have put it down long before I got to the real story.

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Jennifer Luna

A very eye opening story of good man fighting his way towards the truth behind the dangers of high impact sports.

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