The characters were very simplistic and not believable. More depth to the plot and characters could have made the book better.
Simplistic characters and plot.I like other Grisham books, but really did not like this one.
not in my opinion.
Not a baseball book per se. The second half was a little ploddy, sappy and rather predictable. Best when baseball fans were talking about the game. Researched well enough that you sometimes forget it's fiction.
I am not a baseball fan. But I am from Arkansas and have been to Calico Rock. John Grisham is truly a great story teller, teaching me baseball in a way that I can appreciate the cryptic lore of statistics and sliders and curve balls. He salts his story with just enough hints in the beginning of the story and then with flashbacks and twists in the tale he leads me on another fun journey. Loved it.
I found the story boring. Not much character development except Warren Tracy a character no one could like. I am a Grisham fan so I finished listening in hopes for some Drama but this is a story about life with no surprises.
A book that every listener should have their male offspring read. Explains the true meaning of life and how to live it. A great short novel.
Love to listen!
Loved all of this. Buy it, listen. Even if you could care less about baseball, this is an amazing story with excellent narration.
Say something about yourself!
I would only recommend this book to another baseball fan. A good amount of the book details specific plays during many different baseball games during the 1973 season. While listening, I could picture what was happening on the field. That was very enjoyable.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the bond between Warren Tracey and Joe Castle. The least interesting aspect of the story was how generic and typical Warren Tracey's character was.
I think he did a decent job. The characters who live in the south obviously had southern accents to differentiate. But the rest of the characters sounded similar.
I could see it being made into a movie. There are a few scenes that would really translate well into film. If Charlie Sheen was a little younger, he would fit the role of Warren Tracey perfectly.
I thought the book was predictable, but I was still happy with the ending.
Living my life one chapter at a time!
I never got to read the print version but the audio edition was fantastic.
The best part of the story had to be when Warren & Joe got to sit down together and talk face to face.
My favorite character was Joe Castle.
The book had many moments that made me laugh and also gave a profound sadness. As a huge baseball fan, it was a touching and nostalgic tale. It made you feel for Joe, seeing the potential greatness be destroyed by one man who was hurtful to everyone from family to teammates.
The only negative I would say is, leading to that critical turning point in the story, the narration could've been a bit more dramatic. Maybe add some kind of audio for the pitch, even a sound of the ball hitting Joe and the noise reaction from the fans in the stadium.