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.
I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I picked this up as an alternative to the business books I listen to in my car each day. I quickly found myself laughing out loud as Bouton describes the antics and behavior of himself, his teammates and the coaches/managers of their expansion MLB team.
This is not a story about baseball as much as it's a story about young men being young men in the late 1960's, an aging pitcher looking for a second chance in the big leagues and why professional sports have changed so dramatically since Bouton was a player.
Even more so, you get a chance to hear how Bouton's life changed after he wrote "Ball Four" and the life he pursued post-baseball. Bouton's stories and perspectives on a variety of subjects here are just as enjoyable.
I typically prefer for someone other than the author to read the book aloud, but I must admit that "Ball Four" was the exception. You can't help but laugh along with Bouton as he cracks up, remembering these stories while he reads them. At the same time, you will experience his pain and sense of loss in a way that only Bouton can share as he reads to you. At one particularly emotional and poignant moment, Bouton says, "If you've read this far, you're like family anyway." It is as if he is reading to YOU personally, and I've never experienced that in any other Audible book. It is very moving, to say the least.
One of the best books I've ever gotten on Audible.
Yes & then some .
Almost Everything - The Only Thing That I Did Not Enjoy Is Something That You Will Have To Listen To The Book To Understand .
He will get So Tickled at times reading/remembering that You just have to laugh along with Him .
There are other times You will feel other emotions as well.
The Part That I Did Not Enjoy
Great Book - Great Narration