Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess

By Fred Waitzkin
Read by Lloyd James

8.73 Hours 04/01/2001 unabridged
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Fred Waitzkin became smitten with chess during the historic Fischer-Spassky championship in 1972. When Fischer disappeared from public view, Waitzkin’s interest waned—until his own son, Josh, emerged as a chess prodigy. Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Fred Waitzkin became smitten with chess during the historic Fischer-Spassky championship in 1972. When Fischer disappeared from public view, Waitzkin’s interest waned—until his own son, Josh, emerged as a chess prodigy.

Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzkin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Superb…narrator Lloyd James…so fully inhabits the first-person narrative that he turns the book into a disturbing and fascinating character study.” AudioFile
“The story, which includes insights into chess and psychology, remains fresh and will hold listeners’ interest, regardless of whether they care about the game. James’ first-person narrative is compelling.” Booklist
“A touching story of a father and son…You don’t have to know the game to enjoy every page.” Cleveland Amory
“Searching for Bobby Fischer receives Lloyd James’ winning narrative style as it tells of Fred and his son, a chess champion at age six. International chess matches serve as a backdrop for their developing relationship.” Reviewer’s Bookwatch

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Author Bio: Fred Waitzkin

Fred Waitzkin was born in Massachusetts in 1943 and graduated from Kenyon College. He has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard and fishes regularly in the Bahamas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English