I usually don't listen to books a second time, but this would be one that I just might.
He brings a personality to the characters.
I couldn't wait to get back to it. There was always something pivotal that was going on.
I did not think I would enjoy this story because I have zero interest in baseball, but what a great listen. Interesting characters and story.
That it was a great book centered around baseball. Great characters, great setting, great story.
The plight of Henry Scrimshander. From wonderkind to failure and, finally, a hint of redemption.
The final scenes where Guert's friends and family bury him at sea and then the workout by Henry and Mike.
So many characters who were so well developed. I enjoyed reading about each character as the story bounced around. The main characters were all so likeable.
One of the best books I've listened to in a while. I don't normally do reviews, but I felt compelled to vent. The narrator, Holter Graham, was great with different voices and the drama of the story. This is my first listen of Mr. Graham but surely won't be my last.
I enjoyed it like I was listening to a baseball game & getting the scores...sadly, didn't read the print first.
Real interest in the subject matter & characters--I could visualize their faces, their scenes.
The main character & his high-school recruiter friend.
To ask them why they think things happened just so...would they have changed anything.
And to ask...what did they love most in the beginning of the game--in their youth.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I would but probably to someone who likes baseball and/or literary fiction. It's not for everyone, even though it's not entirely about baseball.
I liked the baseball aspects the best. There aren't many good baseball novels around. There aren't many baseball novels around in general that I know of. I found some of the secondary character's stories to be a bit tedious - Affenlight, Owen, and Pella - and I was waiting for the story to get back to Skrimshander and Schwartz. It's very well written, I just couldn't care less about the other characters. Also, I thought it was interesting to make a story out of the guy who can no longer make routine throws - Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, Rick Ankiel, among others.
As with most good narration the characterization here is very well done. I never thought it was off in any way.
I've heard that an HBO series is in talks.
Overall, I thought this was a generally good novel. I think it's a great baseball novel and very good for a first-time novelist. I think, for my taste, it could have been cut down a bit as I didn't care too much about the secondary characters and how much of the story was devoted to them. It was very well written, I just didn't find the other characters and their part of the story too interesting when compared to the main college baseball storyline.
Born & raised in NJ. Lived in Pittsburgh for a while. Now in DC 'burbs working for the government. I like politics, history & baseball.
Yes, it was a good story with an interesting cast of characters.
The NCAA championship baseball game in South Carolina.
The only complaint I have is that the tracks were not lined up properly with the chapter breaks. I would often need to go back to the beginning of chapters. When I did, the narrator would be mid-sentence. It was frustrating.
Glad to have a story this good to listen to as I walked day after day.
This book reminded me of the early works of two of my favorite authors, before they became "serious writers" - John Irving and Richard Russo. Much like "Straight Man" and "Nobody's Fool" by Russo and Irving's "The World According to Garp," I enjoyed the character development of this book.
I liked these people - and I especially liked the fact that there was no single protagonist. I wanted them all to be successful in the end. It's not a world-changing book. It won't win the Pulitzer. But I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling, and that was refreshing.
I had some problems with the ending. Implausibility mixed with abruptness kind of took me out of the bliss the book was generating. I won't mention specifics b/c it's not so bad that it ruins anything, so why spoil anything with specifics? And I'd hate to encourage this guy to extend his twelve years of effort to fifteen just to get an ending that I would love (yeah, I read the Vanity Fair story, who didn't?).