It is a good read for baseball types. However, there are some areas in the story that have to be "filled in" by the casual baseball observer.
Good character development.
No value added.
The love of the game and the pain of the game.
It made me nostalgic. There were very painful parts and redeeming parts.
A well written baseball story with a somewhat predictable ending, but with a surprise twist. Not your standard Grisham churn out.
Say something about yourself!
Loved the book, it was just slow at the beginning for me with all the ball games, but that is what the book is about so it is necessary.
John Grisham has always done a superb job at defining the personalities and uniqueness of his characters and in this book his characters are so real it's hard to bear in mind that the story is fiction. Joe is talented but tragic!
Calico Joe - he seems so real and in view of the story's circumstances, his life seems so tragic..... even though he's not real!
Does a great job of distinguishing among the characters with his voice and emphasis -- makes their personalities more unique
No extreme reaction -- ending was sad but still humorous -- kind of justice after all.
Sweet story of redemption in the context of baseball
The ending and the stories of baseball
Calico Joe ranks in lower average of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.
I liked the quality of Erik Singer's voice and his involvement in the story. His performance was the reason I continued listening to the story.
John Grisham writes a great story about character and values. Life throws many curve balls and this book nails down the fact that although bad things happen to good people, you must persevere through the tough times. Calico Joe is a refreshing story that points out how the hurt and pain of another doesn't have to destroy who you are and how you live your life. It also opens readers eyes to the redemptive value of what just saying 'you're sorry' can do for the soul - no matter your age. This is a book you will remember.
Although much different that most of Grisham's books, it was so interesting I could not turn off my iPod for long. It was very addictive. It felt like a true story instead of a novel. I loved it!
The real-life characters made it more interesting
Too many to narrow it done
It is a perfect name
I loved Grisham's prior forrays into the realm of non-legal. "Painted House" and "Playing for Pizza" were delightful, "no-brainer", "me-and-joe" stories. Not so for Calico Joe. It raises an insidious and troublesome issue for all of us who love national sports-- intentionally inflicted injuries. We try to practice and coach our kids on the lessons of "good sportsmanship". Yet, the "reality" is the exact opposite. Not all sports injuries are "accidental." Witneness the New Orleans Saints' coach suspended for paying out a "bounty" for every oppo player carried off the field. Calico illustrates the same problem in baseball. Some would say "its part of the game," or "if you cant take the hit, you shouldn't be playing". On the other hand, Calico brings out the indellible "side effects". Once thrown, you can't take it back, just like you can't "unring" the bell. Once the damage is done, it remains done, for the inflictor and inflictee alike. The lesson is tragic regardless of the ending--admit or continue to deny; to appologize or not; to forgive, or not to forgive. This story is not an abaration. It happens all the time. I usually don't approve of successful authors using their works as a "soapbox"'. But this one is well written in pure simplicity, and surfaces a major problem in major league sports, deliberately covered up for years.
I love a good book...
When I heard John Grisham was writing a baseball book I looked forward to it. I wasn't disappointed. The book kept my attention with the great style of a mystery but also the fun of baseball. I loved the narrator as he brought the story to life.