Game of Shadows

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Lance Williams, Mark Fainaru-Wada

Narrated By: Arnie Mazer

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2006

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down

For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sports, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers brought fans back to baseball, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the athletes to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a tiny nutritional supplement company that, according to sworn testimony, was supplying elite athletes with banned drugs. The stories shocked the nation and the exposés led to congressional hearings on baseball's drug problems and a revived effort to purge the U.S. Olympic movement of drug cheats.

Now, in GAME OF SHADOWS, Fainaru-Wada and Williams tell the complete story of BALCO and the investigation that has shaken the foundations of the sporting world. And at the center of the story is the biggest star of them all, Barry Bonds, the muscle-bound MVP outfielder for the San Francisco Giants whose suspicious late-career renaissance has him threatening Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.

Shocking, revelatory, and riveting, GAME OF SHADOWS casts light into the shadows of American sports to reveal the dark truths at the heart of the game today.


  • Tom from Lafayette

    About as much as any sport, baseball in steeped in history; with records set by highly skilled, but non steroidal players. Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds changed all that.....and this book is a fascinating documentary of how that all happened and what they ingested to make them into supermen. You do not have to be a big baseball fan to enjoy this one.

  • Anonymous

    This audiobook talks too much about track and field "stars" (who follows track and field?) and not enough about Bonds. It provides explicit details and facts about BALCO and its clients. It is worth renting if you are a baseball fan, but be warned of the large dose of track and field stuff.

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