Get Your Free Audiobook

1 credit a month to use on any title to download and keep
Listen to anything from the Plus Catalogue—thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks
Download titles to your library and listen offline
Limited time offer: 2 months free trial
Bootlegger's Boy cover art

Bootlegger's Boy

Written by: Barry Switzer,Bud Shrake
Narrated by: Barry Switzer
Free with trial

₹199 per month after 30-day trial. Cancel anytime.

Buy Now for ₹233.00

Buy Now for ₹233.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice.

Publisher's Summary

They've called Barry Switzer a "rogue, pirate, hustler, and con man", but they also say he's "next to God". He's one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, winning multiple college championships and a Super Bowl, and possibly the most revered figure in the state of Oklahoma. The "outlaw" of college football, Switzer was both praised and reviled by the media, but everyone agrees that he was undeniably one of the all-time best recruiters, strategists, and motivators ever to deliver a halftime speech. 

Switzer’s autobiography illuminates so much more than his incredible football career, telling the tale of a poor boy from deep Arkansas swampland. His father Frank controversially dated Black women, one of whom shot the bootlegger and then crashed his car while rushing him to the hospital, killing them both in a fiery explosion. Switzer’s childhood experiences led him to defy racial conventions by enlisting Black players. In this revealing memoir, Switzer finally speaks the truth on his terms, outlining his famous feuds and exposing the hypocrisies of sportswriters and college athletics. This audiobook is a must-have for both Black history collections and sports enthusiasts alike.

©1990 by Prime Time, Inc. (P)1990 by Dove Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bootlegger's Boy is a dazzling run for a touchdown if I've ever seen one. Funny, tragic, informative, revealing...Barry Switzer and Bud Shrake knock you out of your jock with the truth about big-time football - and America." (Dan Jenkins)

What listeners say about Bootlegger's Boy

Average Customer Ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Richard McKown
  • Richard McKown
  • 21-12-22

I love Barry’s passion

This book has been on my reading wishlist for years. I just discovered the audible version, and was thrilled that Berry himself narrated the story. The emotion in the passion in his voice is moving.

I was born in Norman Oklahoma. I have been a lifelong sooner fan I remember watching JC Watts and Billy Sims playing when I was a kid. I went to undergraduate school at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduate school at Boston University but when you grow up in this environment, you’re a Sooner at heart. I have always admired Barry and to a certain degree I’ve been aware of how hard it is to Shepherd, so many young men, through the end of adolescence into their adult life.

I’ve heard many secondhand accounts of what this book was about over the many years, since it was first published, but what I found most compelling was Barry’s love for his players, and, his indignity at NCAA rules that work against the realities that young men are having to deal with as they are very often the first people from their family to get a college education.

Barry has always fought against racial injustice, and when you think about the impact, sports has had in changing, cultural perceptions across the broader society, it’s hard to argue that sports is not the most important performance art in the world.

Even if you’re not a sports enthusiast, and Oklahoman, or a Sooner fan, I think you can find inspiration from this book for whatever challenges you face in your own career.

Bravo, Berry

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Anas Mouisset
  • Anas Mouisset
  • 17-05-21

Needs better narrating

The story is very interesting but switzer has the same tone from the beginning to the end . You could tell he was reading but not telling you a story. Also at one point in the book he was just reading each week score and it was tedious to borderline annoying I had to fast forward.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for OklabyGodhoma
  • OklabyGodhoma
  • 26-02-21

A True Legend

I’ve known Barry for over 30 years now and his recall of facts still amazes me. I treasure the times we have just sat and talked. There is so much more to the man Barry Switzer and how he is dedicated to not only his family but to his players and the community. Nor does he speak of his organization that trains rescue dogs that he and his wife donate for free to Search & Rescue groups.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-20

Excellent

Best autobiography ever written. In fact, this books ranks up there with classics like moby Dick and war and peace.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Doc Mcgarey
  • Doc Mcgarey
  • 06-10-20

Barry Switzer and Oklahoma Football

Switzer led an interesting life. It was a bit too much of him explaining away his transgressions at OU.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Ron P.
  • Ron P.
  • 18-12-19

Great read and we'll narrated!

Great story, well narrated and a great book for any college football fan. I highly recommend.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Lugnut
  • Lugnut
  • 29-09-19

One of the greatest football coaches.

I believe Barry tells the truth. One of the greatest college football coaches all time.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for Bmoring1
  • Bmoring1
  • 11-09-17

A Legendary Account of a True Legend

This story takes you through the epic real life experiences of our King. The end of Switzer's career was troubling to most when it happened and this book gives you all the details to solidify an opinion. A captivating tale of a life well lived and the scumbags that forced out the best coach ever and an Oklahoma ICON.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile image for William
  • William
  • 25-06-17

Bootlegger's Boy

I happen to like Barry coach of Oklahoma and when he took Dallas to The Super Bowl.
I enjoyed the history, scores of all the games and how important each game outcome was and his personal thinking on what was going through his mind as his coaching career progressed. That gave all of us fans an experience of the challenges of being a head coach at a major college. The trials and tribulations. In addition I'm glad he did the narration because it was heartfelt and sincere.