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  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Listen to this book"
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    This is a great story. I really enjoyed the author chuckling along to the old war stories - so maybe you need to be a baseball fan and be old to get into the fun of it all.

    I also enjoyed the updates on previous editions even when the going got rough. I have read many sad stories but hearing the pain in Jims voice with the loss of his daughter will stay with me forever.

    At the end of the book Jim says if you have come this far, and are still listening, you are almost family. I appreciated this thought and felt it was a privledge to be a part of something bigger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bang the Drum Slowly (Dramatization)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Eric Simonson
    • Narrated By David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Harry Shearer, and others
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A humorous and poignant story that follows a fictional major league baseball team through a summer season when the team comes together after one of the players is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

    A User says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
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    A really great read. A really great story. Read the Southpaw as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Southpaw

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Harris, adapted by Eric Simonson
    • Narrated By Edward Asner, Amy Pietz, full cast
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond, left-hander Henry Wiggen grows to manhood in a right-handed world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, the sports page and himself - all at once. Starring Edward Asner, Amy Pietz, and a full cast!

    A User says: "A great set up for "Bang the drum slowly"."
    "A great set up for "Bang the drum slowly"."
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    I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it even more so after I read "Bang the drum slowly". The two stories are not a continuing storyline but contain the same style and characters.

    An enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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