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Completely fooled into thinking that I was going to get to read a classic baseball story which ended up competing with a gay romance between a sexually confused dean and a student. It didn't contribute to the story.
He's very good
Excellent writing style.
I almost turned this book off because I found the narrator's voice so irritating. It's very sing-songy, with words emphasized in weird places. I almost thought I was listening to an infomercial. I think he was chosen because he has an all American boy voice, which compliments the story. Two of the main characters are young American men that play baseball. I ended up persisting and I came to not mind the performance after awhile. The narrator did do a nice job of differentiating between the characters.
The story follows several characters at a college in the Midwest. There is a lot about baseball. I don't really care that much about baseball, but I found the descriptions enticing and I was interested in the fates of the players and the team as a whole. There are also several plots about the relationships between the characters in the book, which I also found very interesting. It wasn't terribly deep, but there were many places where the writing was insightful and moving. Overall, I'd say, "entertaining."
The reader was very good, and I think he did a great job telling the story. The writing, however, tended to go on and on at times, and the author says things that seem to be profound, but yet aren't. I kept listening, because I really liked the characters, but many times I would look to see how much time was left, and was amazed that I still had 3 or 4 more hours to go.
This is a vivid and imaginative novel, filled with irresistible, finally honed, and very human characters. I happen to love baseball, which made it that much better for me, but it's not a requirement. It took a while to get use to the cheerfulness of the narrator, but eventually the he seemed well-cast. My favorite book so far this year.
This was an enjoyable story. I was pleasantly surprised with the back story in the book. I'm a big baseball fan and chose it because of the baseball theme that the title suggests. Lots of twists. It's a modern story that was well described. I like to listen to a book a second time because there are times when my mind wanders. Not because of the narrator but because I listen to books all the time when I'm driving in the car.
I have already recommended this to everyone I know. I have even stopped to talk to strangers about it.
It was touching and authentic.
All of them.
I listened to this on a lengthy car trip I was taking alone and it sure made the trip go by faster. I had been reading it while on vacation ... frankly it was better to listen to than to read!
I am still new to the audio experience, so perhaps I was overexcited by this particular novel. But, damn, did I ever love this! Maybe I missed the structural criticisms (of the novel itself) I found on Amazon b/c I was seduced by Holter Graham’s fantastic narration -- but, honestly, I don’t think so. This is simply a great contemporary novel.
Story, character, plotting, structure, themes, writing, and narration all work well together. It may have some challenging themes and characters for some, but I found it to be a beautifully rendered story. As many have said, it is not really a novel about sports. However, at the same time, it very much is. Having been a very successful athlete in my younger years who experienced a crisis of confidence at one point, I can say that I have never encountered a truer rendition of said experience.
I would recommend this novel for lovers of Michael Chabon, Richard Russo, or Tom Perrotta.
An entertaining story which accurately depicts a slice of life at a small college in middle America. The strength of this novel are its characters. Quite simply, I was not prepared to say good-bye and I believe that is the best compliment that can be given to any novel. A marvelous story - a great performance by the narrator - and many enjoyable hours of listening.
A dusty baseball field in a podunk town and two men???s fates collide. Sound familiar? The stage may be familiar, but the story is not.
Harbach delivers a well written story with an interesting foray into some classic American literature as a backdrop. The unsuspecting Henry is noticed by Schwartz and from that turn of the head, that one minute of pause to watch something that caught the edge of his attention, lives are changed. Henry???s working class family is not impressed with Henry???s announcement that he will be playing college ball. Another encounter, this one taken with purpose in mind changes the attitude of Henry???s father. Henry is off to college in a rather unprepared whirlwind.
It is a story of many friendships, many loves, many families and how the warp and weave of their lives make the fabric of the story. The ending is not pat or easy. The characters were believable and interesting.
It is a good story. Worthy on its own as a really decent piece of literature and as a baseball story, the book delivers a good read.