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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  223 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Mark Zupan was a college soccer star, out drinking one night with friends. Tired from the game and from a few too many beers, he decided to take a nap in the back of his best friend's pickup truck. Still asleep when the pickup started and drove away, he was suddenly jolted awake when the truck crashed. Mark was thrown into a canal and stuck for fourteen hours. When he was ...more
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Published October 17th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published October 1st 2006)
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Kristal Cooper
I enjoyed the documentary "Murderball" so I expected to like this memoir by the movie's star: Mark Zupan. Unfortunately, it's just really poorly delivered in every way -- his co-author must be a near-novice because the writing style is simply elementary and Zupan's clearly not an actor or orator because his narration of the audiobook sounds completely unnatural. Worst of all, I think the book is -supposed- to be about heroically overcoming obstacles, but I came away with exactly the opposite fee ...more
K.z. Miller
I wasn't looking for an inspiring story, nor did I see "Murderball." I'm glad because I think if I did, I wouldn't have been able to see what was right in front of me. I liked how the authors didn't pull punches, didn't pretty things up, and made no excuses. Because I knew this was non-fiction, I didn't judge it as I would a piece of fiction. No tale of redemption, no one wins the girl, and no Death Stars are blown up in this book. But I came away feeling like I've learned a lot, and I appreciat ...more
Elaine D
May 17, 2011 Elaine D rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men, someone struggling with a life crisis
Recommended to Elaine by: Ball State Honors College
This book was one that I had to read for a Freshman college class I taught in 2010. I was eager to read it because I love memoirs and thought that this would be a very interesting one. After reading the first half of the book, I had very mixed feelings. Mostly I thought that while Mark was a funny guy, he was also a womanizer. I'm glad that the story from his perspective wasn't sugar-coated, but at the same time I think it might be hard for some women to read this book without feeling very defen ...more
I tried really hard not to like this book. Required reading sucks and I put if off as long as humanly possible. And I'd probably give this a 3.5 if I could. But I can't. So I rounded up for good writing style.

I know this book was supposed to inspire me, but it didn't. I felt sorry for him, yeah, but it's one of those "cautionary tales" as he put it. I'm not going to get so drunk I'm passed out in the bed of my friend's truck. I know the consequences of drinking, so I felt this was sort of wasted
Feb 07, 2013 Kynthos-the-Archer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any who needs a boost in life. Who needs to see the beauty of life.
Recommended to Kynthos-the-Archer by: Not too sure. I think I stumbled upon it while surfing the internet.
Finished this today. It's one hell of a satisfying reads ever. Didn't know biographies could so interesting. This book almost converted me into a sports junkie. From now on, I have new respect for athletes and I am pretty sure to be watching out for quad rugby, football and soccer. Zupan's passion on sports and athleticism is most infectious!

I salute Zupan's no-holds-barred and poignant approach in the retelling of his story. He tell it as it is without sugar-coating anything or censorship. I r
Mark Zupan has become the face of those with physical disabilities for two reasons: 1.) His role in the documentary "Murder Ball" and, 2.) The fact that most of those with disabilites fall into his demographic: young males who made poor decisions or were affected by someone else who did.
Just as it's no accident that Mark takes over the big screen with his coarse and aggressive personality, it's not surprising that this book hits on a lot of levels.
On the surface a dude with "tats", a long goatee
I got this book through BookMooch. Thanks BookMooch giver!

I picked this book up, thinking I would just get started reading it, and the next thing I knew, I was halfway done and it was the middle of the night. The same thing happened the next night. I thought I would just read a chapter or maybe two, but I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

Mark Zupan writes like he's talking, which makes this book exciting and easy to read. I really enjoyed reading his honest telling of his accident and re
Jul 26, 2008 Antoinette rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with disabilities, people that work with disabilities, college and high school students
Recommended to Antoinette by: goodreads!
Shelves: memoirs
Zupan was my hero during that brief month I was obsessed with "Murderball." I work with people with disabilities, and I show it often as a source of inspiration. But, reading this made me think less of him. I am not a fan of life stories written by two people... There were times when I definitely doubted the source of the wording. Also, he came off a bit...fratish. Pearl Jam obsessed, hot chick gettin', star high school athlete. The end was redeeming enough, I guess. There was not enough about t ...more
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I have barely got into it, but already I'm not a fan. I know a little bit about what the author is talking about because I currently got into Friday Night Lights in which the start quarterback becomes a parapalegic and joins a quad rugby team and he befriends the quad rugby star who looks an awful lot like the author. However, the character had a lot more spunk and personality and it is difficult getting into a biography in which the author is kind of boring. I admire his bravery and his tenacit ...more
For everyone who hasn't seen Murderball, I would first like to say that you should go see Murderball. Zupan is one of the main "stars" of the movie, for good reason - he has an incredibly compelling story to tell, and isn't shy about telling it. His autobiography gets into a lot of details that couldn't possibly be covered in a 90-minute documentary - more highs, personal lows, relationship successes and failures, laugh-out-loud anecdotes involving pre- and post-injury shenanigans, and chapters ...more
The story of Mark Zupan, one of the stars of the documentary Murderball. I loved the movie and this book told a lot of Mark's story. In the extra scenes of the movie, they talk about meeting with Iraqi war veterans and say that their message is not that everyone in a wheelchair has to be a quad rugby Paralympian, but that life doesn't end after injury. The book echoes this message and really shows how someone can grow through adversity.
I had to read this book for my Freshman Connections for BSU. It sucked. Zupan seems like an arrogant jerk, through and through. He screwed up his life before the injury, and I do give him props to growing into the sport he plays now, but I still stand by the fact that he's a jerk. The book was a waste of my time.
Jan 06, 2008 Jay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sports fans, ableists,
Star of Murderball documentary tells his story in the sports memoir genre.
His intelligence plays a bigger role in the book, and his story adds context that helps interpret his character.
While at times his sexism and ableism gave me pause, in the context of his journey it seems he's come a long way.
If you liked the documentary Murder Ball, this book gives you alot more background on one of the atheletes shown in the film. Written in a way that seems to have captured Mark Zupan's personality and spirit from what I can tell from teh film and the language, it makes for engaging read.
Paul Jensen
The book is a little better than OK, but not the inspiring tale I have been led to believe it would be. I don't understand why every new quad gets a copy of this book in some of the rehab hospitals I have worked with. So far, just a lot of depression and anger.
I've always disliked jock culture, which Mark Zupan thrived on and mourned after a paralyzing accident. But I liked the message that when a devastating set back happens, the only way you can have peace is to embrace what you can do instead of lamenting what you can't.
Michelle Taylor
I dont like it :C So far it's been really difficult to read and just get into it, I or someone else has to tell me to sit down and read for a while, eh; forced reading. Ive never sat down and watched a full documentary, it's just not my thing.
Tender Branson
I really enjoyed the movie Murderball so I decided to read this book by one of the people detailed in that movie. It was interesting to read about what he went through and how he dug himself out of despair to find something that he enjoyed.
Yet another one of my favorite books lol. I loved the straight-forwardness of this book. Mark told it how it was and didn't hold anything back. After seeing the Murderball movie this was a must read and did not disappoint.
Heather Green
This is a very inspirational story. I'm a big fan of the documentary "Murderball" which stars Mark Zupan so I was very excited when I saw that he wrote a book based on his experiences. I highly recommend this one.
Stephanie Downing
The positive outlook under such bleak circumstances was compelling to read through. I will check out Murderball now, I was inspired with Mark Zupans strength and determination to keep living and moving forward.
Mark Zupan offers a blunt, often funny, and honest account of his life before, during, and after an accident that changed his life. This is a great follow-up for any fans of the documentary "Murderball."
May 25, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Charles
Great book... also, very interesting subject. If you saw the documentary "Murderball" and liked it, you will love this one. Quick easy read... discusses his success/failure after his paralysis accident
Excellent book about an inspirational man. I saw Murderball a few years ago, and now I want to see it again after reading about his life. Definitely puts things into perspective.
Actually hilarious. I was reading a book list that mentioned this book and I remembered how much I liked it, how honest and not absurd Mark Zupan's book managed to be.
Amazing and inspiring story. Autobiography of a tremendous individual. Very strong character, not the best writer but you can really hear his voice.
This is one of those books that lifts your spirit and makes you feel like you could accomplish anything.
I picked up this book after I saw the documentary "Murderball"-both book and movie are terrific and honest.
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Mark Zupan (born May 20, 1975) is a wheelchair rugby player and the captain of the United States wheelchair rugby team which competed in the Paralympic Games in 2004. He is best known for his appearance in the 2005 film Murderball. Zupan was also a part of the 2008 United States gold winning team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

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