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Ronna

Ronna United States Member Since 2011
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  • "Baseball legend PLUS,"

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    A MUST READ for all baseball fans!!! Brings back memories from your own favorite teams---- Cincinnitti pitcher hitting Cardinal's Pujols on his broken wrist last year---remembrance for me. We all love our teams and players!! I happened to finish this book on Friday, April13, when the Cubs beat my Cardinals 8-5, when one of our great pitchers, Wainright, pitched on comeback from Tommy John's surgery. I so wanted him to do great! So, we all have our great memories!!

    Hitting on the head-----terrible. Really enjoyed hearing ( I listened on Audible) this story of a great player I had not heard about, but so glad I have now. Once again, personal memories. The Cardinals new manager is the youngest rookie manager in the National League. And why is he still not playing the game---head concussions!!

    BUT-- this book is also great as a father-son relationship book. Best one I've read since Pat Conroy's "The Great Santini"!! Children are not the only bullies that need to STOP BULLING!! Kids have dreams that often get destroyed by their parents bullying! This book shows the results of that in a wonderfully, emotionally, literary story! Thanks, John Grisham!

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    Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
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    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
  • "Baseball mystery in 1912"

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    MURDER AT FENWAY PARK --Troy Soos--As a baseball lover and mystery lover, I found this book to be a fun beginning to a baseball mystery series. In 1912, a young baseball player, Mickey Rawlings, has just gotten his call to play in the big leagues with the Boston Red Socks. He's come into the brand new Fenway Park to check in and immediately finds the body of one of his team mates. Red Corriden's head is bash up badly, but the police and team owner just seem to want everything hushed up. Would've want any bad publicity for the new stadium. But there's much more to it than that, and Mickey finds he has to discover the murderer before someone kills him too.

    I found this book to be a real winner. The mystery was interesting, and was filled with numerous fun facts about real historical players and team owners of that time period. It was also interesting living the life of a ball player of that time. Surely different from today's players. Lots of big names came into play, Ty Cobb and Cy Young amongst them. Troy Soos managed to be factual about the real people and maintain a fictional story as well. Great reading for mystery lovers during baseball season!!

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    Murder at Fenway Park

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Troy Soos
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Reporting for his first day as a Boston Red Sox player, Mickey Rawlings discovers a faceless body in the empty stadium. When police name him as their suspect, he knows he must clear his name or give up baseball and his freedom. But nameless foes are trying to silence him with warnings that become increasingly dangerous. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Troy Soos creates delightfully authentic ballplayers and places them in believable, colorful settings.

    Ronna says: "Baseball mystery in 1912"
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Hal VT's greatest hits:
  • Francona: The Red Sox Years

    "Fly on the clubhouse wall"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Any Sox fan who has felt a little like George Steinbrenner or Bill Veeck has been running things at Fenway for the past few years without quite being able to put their finger on why they have that feeling will find a lot of clarity in this behind-the-scenes look at the ballclub from a manager's-eye-view. Things you may have noticed, without quite making sense of, all add up here. I expected a bit of sour grapes, but Tito's criticisms of the organization all fit with the more-than-casual fan's experiences of the Red Sox over the past decade or so, and he invariably qualifies them with the acknowledgement that the front office and the manager's office have different agendas because they serve different purposes for the organization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Francona, somewhat obviously. It's good to hear that some of his more seemingly boneheaded decisions were in view of the bigger picture. While it sucks to spend money to go to Fenway on a day the team rolls over, Tito explains why sometimes that's still the best call for the team and the organization.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure if I've heard anything else of his, but the occasional mispronunciations of names - it's "Bill Miller," not "Bill Mueller," regardlesss of spelling - exposes him as someone who doesn't follow the team. Distracting? Not terribly. Could they have found ONE narrator who knows the player names for the Boston Red Sox? I'd imagine so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Funny in spots, sure. Crying....uhh, no.


    Any additional comments?

    This is, overall, probably the most addictive audiobook I've gotten in the past year. If you've been a Sox fan, especially if you've been around for the entire career arc of Francona at Four Yawkey Way, give it a listen. You'll be surprised at how many of these games you personally remember, and at Tito's commentary on those games and the circumstances in which they were played. A really nice fly-on-the-clubhouse-wall book that tempts a lifelong Boston fan to root for the Indians in 2013....especially once you learn about what a nutroll the ownership group for the Red Sox is.

  • As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires

    "Lots of insider knowledge here"

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    What made the experience of listening to As They See 'Em the most enjoyable?

    The author made me rethink not just how I view the umpires (and, as he points out, when they are succeeding, we don't view them at all), but how I view baseball. Lots of insight on topics you just don't really think about, like what exactly this mythical beast known as a "strike zone" is, or the labor issues these guys have had to deal with, or how a call that appears on replay to have been blown is sometimes, in protecting the game's integrity, the right call.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The umpires come out of this as larger-than-life characters, and they're almost all likeable.


    Which character – as performed by Charley Steiner – was your favorite?

    Steiner didn't do impressions, but his voice fits with what umpires should sound like: naturally jocular, middle-American guys with big voices who can convey authority and gravitas between the lines.


    Any additional comments?

    It drags a bit when the author describes the process of making an umpire: schooling, minor-league assignment, and the slow slog to the top. But it's worth getting over that early hump.

    As someone who has played, watched, and coached baseball, I got a new perspective on a thing I've seen thousands of from many different angles: a baseball game. How many books can deliver that?

  • Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Red Sox Stories Ever Told

    "Not a format conducive to audiobook"

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is a series of anecdotes, seemingly anywhere from one to several pages long. It is not organized chronologically or, as far as I can tell, thematically. Each section is titled with the name of the individual at the center of the anecdote, so a story on, say, Dom Dimaggio ends without warning, the narrator abruptly announces, for example, "Roger Clemens," and it's off to the races on his 20-K performance against Seattle. Probably fine in a book, but as an audiobook, it's like sitting next to a talkative and somewhat drunk old man at a Boston bar.

    The lack of context around each makes the perpetual shifting of time particularly hard to follow. Oh, Billy Rohr got the Impossible Dream season off to such a start....oh, wait! now we're considering Wade Boggs' penchant for chicken and, strangely, his marriage trouble...but there's no time to figure out what one has to do with the other, because now it's an apocryphal account of that time Harry Hooper threw a ball really far....oh, no time for that, Ted Williams is a fighter pilot now....and now the war must be over, because Wakefield is throwing knuckleballs that only Doug Mirabelli can handle...even an experienced Sox fan - one who likely knows most of these "Amazing Tales" - will find his or her head spinning.

    Rearranging the stories into chronological order may have made this listenable....but maybe not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some of the anecdotes are interesting-ish...but not as much so as those in, say, Francona, Bouton's infamous Ball Four, or even The Baseball Codes.


    Was Amazing Tales from the Boston Red Sox Dugout worth the listening time?

    Probably not. Lifelong fans already have heard these along the way from the NESN crew or elsewhere, and casual fans will find it perplexing.


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  • "Can't believe how much I enjoyed this"

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    There's a reason that 95% of my credits go towards thrillers and suspense books ... because there's nothing more boring than a bland documentary. This is the complete opposite. It was a collection of great stories, interesting items, and enough rich detail to understand what it was like to live in that era. It starts with the early years, and Ebbitts stealthfully buying undesirable land for Ebbitts Field ... when Brooklyn was mostly farms and land (hard to imagine). Then it takes you through 50 years of this country's history, with several significant moments. Sometimes we forget about what it was like in the 40's and 50's.. when there were few choices for sports and radio channels, before TV took off. How the entire neighborhood followed the team and the game was on everyone's radio. The narration is a good fit as well. Well worth the credit.

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    Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

    Karen says: "A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!"

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  • 4.4 (119 ratings)

    Game of Shadows Part 2: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

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    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth.

  • 4.4 (13 ratings)

    Bums Part 1: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

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    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

  • 4.3 (37 ratings)
    Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew McGough Narrated by Jason Harris

    Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Matthew McGough
    • Narrated By Jason Harris
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    Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers.

    Sarah says: "Fun"
  • 4.3 (96 ratings)
    Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero (






UNABRIDGED) by Leigh Montville Narrated by Scott Brick

    Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
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  • 4.4 (890 ratings)
    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (






ABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Michael Lewis

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
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    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
  • 4.5 (68 ratings)
    The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (






ABRIDGED) by Lawrence S. Ritter Narrated by Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, Hans Lobert, others

    The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence S. Ritter
    • Narrated By Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, and others
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    Baseball's Golden Age comes alive through the voices of men who were there. Selected from the original tapes on which Lawrence S. Ritter based his classic book of baseball history, The Glory of Their Times is a collection of wonderful tales that paint a vivid and evocative picture of a lively young America and the giants who starred on her ballfields, legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and many others.

    Richard says: "A Game Winning, Grand Slam!!!"
  • 4.1 (53 ratings)
    Heat (






UNABRIDGED) by Mike Lupica Narrated by Paolo Andino

    Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
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    Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his 17-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation.

    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
  • 4.2 (171 ratings)
    The Yankee Years (






UNABRIDGED) by Joe Torre, Tom Verducci Narrated by Michael Kramer

    The Yankee Years

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Torre, Tom Verducci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    Joe Torre is the most successful and most respected baseball manager of the modern era, steering the Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series championships. When he left the team in 2007, it was front-page news around the country. Famously diplomatic during his tenure with the Yankees, Torre finally speaks out about what it was like building and managing the dynasty during those 12 glorious and tumultuous years.

    Lynn says: "Great listen"
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  • 4.2 (146 ratings)
    Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager (






UNABRIDGED) by Buzz Bissinger Narrated by Jeffrey Nordling

    Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Buzz Bissinger
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Nordling
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    Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

    Peter says: "Book with good premise follows through"
  • 4.0 (76 ratings)
    Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Michael Lewis

    Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
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    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    Elizabeth says: "Nice listen but WAY OVERPRICED"
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Scott Brick

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
  • The Closer (






UNABRIDGED) by Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey Narrated by Michael Kay

    The Closer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Michael Kay
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    Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

    Brock says: "Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer"
  • Calico Joe (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Erik Singer

    Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
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    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Bouton Narrated by Jim Bouton

    Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
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    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
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  • The Boys of Summer (






UNABRIDGED) by Roger Kahn Narrated by Phil Gigante

    The Boys of Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roger Kahn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    This is a story about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a story by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is the story about what happened to the team when their glory days were behind them.

    Santiago says: "A Baseball Fan's diamond"
  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball (






UNABRIDGED) by John Feinstein Narrated by John Feinstein

    Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball

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    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
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    John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new audiobook, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Living on the Cusp of a Dream"
  • The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter (






UNABRIDGED) by Ian O'Connor Narrated by Nick Pollifrone

    The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian O'Connor
    • Narrated By Nick Pollifrone
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    Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game.

    Toni says: "Story is really good, narration was horrible"
  • Heat (






UNABRIDGED) by Mike Lupica Narrated by Paolo Andino

    Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
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    (28)
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    Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his 17-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation.

    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
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  • Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    All Porter Fischer wanted was the $4,000 Tony Bosch owed him. But Bosch would not pay him back, so he swiped Bosch’s Biogenesis ledgers as collateral. Fischer eventually examined the lists of clients and treatment plans revealed in the ledgers and saw what he really had: proof that major and minor sports figures came to the Miami antiaging clinic for anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, and other illegal drugs. That included one of the greatest sluggers in modern baseball history: three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez.

  • The Pitcher (






UNABRIDGED) by William Hazelgrove Narrated by William Hazelgrove

    The Pitcher

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    • By William Hazelgrove
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    A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on.

  • A Face in the Crowd (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan Narrated by Craig Wasson

    A Face in the Crowd

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    • By Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
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    Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….

    Tim says: "Perfect Match"
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UNABRIDGED) by Peter E. Meltzer Narrated by Michael Butler Murray

    So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules

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    Essential for armchair umpires and scorekeepers, this guide challenges aficionados on every significant part of the Official Baseball Rules. Few sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to the contemporary. You can listen to the book from start to finish or consult it while watching a game to understand the mechanics of a play or how it should be scored.

  • Baseball between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties as Told by the Men Who Played It (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald Honig Narrated by Ben Bartolone

    Baseball between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties as Told by the Men Who Played It

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    • By Donald Honig
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    Here is the exciting story of baseball during and after World War II - when clubs still traveled by train, when night games and artificial lighting began to replace hot afternoons at the ball park, when the major leagues finally took on the talent that had been restricted to the Negro leagues, and when baseball started to become big business. In this companion volume to Baseball When the Grass Was Real, Donald Honig collects the reminiscences of nineteen players.

  • Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (






UNABRIDGED) by David Block Narrated by Stephen McLaughlin

    Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game

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    • By David Block
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    It may be America's game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started. Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supply - until now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseball's origins into play. David Block looks into the early history of the game and of the 150-year-old debate about its beginnings.

  • The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires (






UNABRIDGED) by Larry R. Gerlach Narrated by James Patrick Cronin

    The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires

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    • By Larry R. Gerlach
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    The philosopher Jacques Barzun thought that "whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball". And whoever wants to know baseball had better learn about umpires. As Larry Gerlach points out in The Men in Blue, these arbiters transform competitive chaos into organized sport. They make it possible to "play ball", but nobody loves them.Considering the abuse meted out by fans and players, why would any sane person want to be an umpire? Many reasons emerge in conversations with a dozen former major-league arbiters.

  • Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Kirwin Narrated by Mirron Willis

    Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson

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    • By Bill Kirwin
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    For nearly 15 years NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture has been a leading scholarly journal of baseball history. Covering the cultural and historical implications of America’s national pastime, NINE has explored baseball from the earliest matches and little-known players of the 1800s to the modern billion-dollar industry and its superstars of today. Here, gathered for the first time, are the best essays from NINE that center on the complex and multifaceted topic of African Americans in baseball.

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  • A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Schuppe Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City

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    • By Jonathan Schuppe
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    When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93-mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Predictably, the players struggle but through the fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for.

  • Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era

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    • By Tim Elfrink, Gus Garcia-Roberts
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    All Porter Fischer wanted was the $4,000 Tony Bosch owed him. But Bosch would not pay him back, so he swiped Bosch’s Biogenesis ledgers as collateral. Fischer eventually examined the lists of clients and treatment plans revealed in the ledgers and saw what he really had: proof that major and minor sports figures came to the Miami antiaging clinic for anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, and other illegal drugs. That included one of the greatest sluggers in modern baseball history: three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Baseball Nutrition: Maximize Your Potential (






UNABRIDGED) by Joseph Correa Narrated by Andrea Erickson

    The Ultimate Guide to Baseball Nutrition: Maximize Your Potential

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    • By Joseph Correa
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    The Ultimate Guide to Baseball Nutrition will teach you how to increase your RMR (resting metabolic rate) to accelerate your metabolism and help you change your body for good. Learn how to get in top shape and reach your ideal weight through smart nutrition so that you can perform at your very best. Eating complex carbohydrates, protein, and natural fats in the right amount and percentages as well as increasing your RMR will make you faster, more agile, and more resistant.

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