One of the best I've heard!
Having the author himself reading the book was fantastic! His spontaneous chuckles when reading certain passages was really wonderful!
Not sure if Jim has read other books.
A great story about a great era of a great game!
This is a really wonderful book and Jim Bouton's performance is magnificent! It was heartbreaking to listen to him reading the passages about the death of his daughter. It was hard to listen to...but touching because you can hear the genuine emotion in his voice.
This is really two quite different books. The original Ball Four, from the 1970's, is goofy and funny. Being read by the author in the audiobook, he telegraphs the punchlines as he can hardly contain his own laughter. I almost cried a couple of times with his stories. The narrative is a little choppy in moments, as he has plenty of flashbacks. It's also a unique tale, as he wrote this while playing for the Seattle Pilots, who were only a Major League franchise for a single year, before folding and moving to Milwaukee. The second half of the book are a series of 10 year updates. The last is the most heart bending. Having the author read his own book, and telling the story of the death of his daughter in her early twenties is jarring, but all too real. A couple of times in my life I've experienced parents in their 80's and 90's losing a child in their 40's or 50's, and that was something I'll never forget. The rawness of his reading is incredibly moving. If you aren't up the that, you can stop at the end of the first half of the book, and you'll have a wonderful time. I learned more about life in the second half of the book.
I had read this book in high school but wanted to refresh my memory. I forgot most of it and enjoyed the author's reading of his own story. You can feel his emotion as he reads. He chuckles when he recalls a funny story, and exhibits pain when he tells a sad one.
A reminder of what sports and baseball used to be. It was before free agency and the boom in salaries in all sports. They struggled over $500 a season.
Somewhat. It's a long book and I usually only listen on my 30 minute commute to work and back. However, I did find myself sitting in my driveway now and then wanting to finish a few of the stories.
I think Jim Bouton is more famous for the book than for his pitching record. Few remember that he won 20 games in a season for the Yankees or actually pitched in the World Series.
I first read Ball Four over forty years ago. It seemed very shocking at the time. It's not so shocking now, but it is just as well-written and charming! The narration by the author is just the icing on the cake. The little mistakes are more than offset by the true emotion Jim Boutin shows at every turn - from ecstasy to amusement to disgust to deep and profound sadness. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Love it, he told the hard cold truth about what actually happens in a locker room and showed how hard it was to negotiate a decent contract in the days before free agency.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
This was an excellent audiobook. I really appreciated that the author was able to read this as it gave extra meaning to some of the stories. This includes both some of the funny stories, the songs, and even the more tragic moments towards the end of the book. This book greatly exceeded my expectations and I am glad that I spent the time to read it.
Love this version (audio) read by the author now even more then reading it (paperback, which I still have) at age fifteen, forty five years ago.
Jim, you are a wonderful human being. Thank you.
This book is all the way up there among the very best. A bit too much stuff have been added to the original story. Some good, some bad and some long winded.
The death of his daughter. Hearing a father break down, as he reads it, over the loss of a child is just too much to handle. I couldn't continue the book after that. It's just too hard.
An absolutely brilliant book even to this European who's never thrown nor catched a single baseball.
Baseball told realistically
Only if he reads the sequel
I like the personal aspect of the book as told by the guy that lived it, the sound fluctuates a bit, but it's tolerable. The story is fun and entertaining.