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I Beat the Odds - From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond

Michael Oher

The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.

The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.
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The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Boatman

Length:

6h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:41