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Dan

Hanover, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    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"
    "Plenty of Balls!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ball Four to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version but I actually enjoyed the content that actually followed the original Ball Four text which was more about Jim's life after his baseball career. Jim was very honest and wasn't afraid to express his feelings about any subject whether it be about baseball or his own personal life. I can appreciate that this book was a ground breaker in it's time but I only really started to enjoy it after the original Ball Four story. As a baseball story I preferred Dirk Hayhurst's "The Bullpen Gospels" but Jim's book was very good at capturing life after baseball which is a story that a fan does not often get to hear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ball Four?

    The manager's trade mark quote "Okay boys lets go out and win so we can pound some Budweisers after the game" always made me laugh and Jim's heart wrenching narrative of his daughter's sudden death in a car accident was just pure raw emotion that brought me to tears.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Bouton – was your favorite?

    Joe Shultz the manager.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jim and Mickey Mantle's correspondence prior to the Mick's death and Jim's invitation to the Yankee's Hall of Fame Game.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to be patient. The original Ball Four was written before I was born so I didn't know any of the characters and I couldn't really relate to them. It seemed like a whole lot of complaining by Jim that he wasn't pitching enough in key situations and it got tiring, but the stories that follow Ball Four are very worth the wait. I really enjoyed the development of Jim as a person after baseball. He proved to be very extraordinary person and I could see his story inspiring many athletes when their playing days are over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10621)
    Performance
    (9890)
    Story
    (9893)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Captivating!"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I would not listen to any audiobook more than once no matter how great it is. Life is short and there is much too much to enjoy and learn about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade is my favorite character. I love a good story about an underdog rising to great heights of success and stardomI


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first performance I've heard from Wil Wheaton and I thought that he was great. He put so much enthusiasm and plenty of sarcasm into his narration and just totally became the main character Wade.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was perfect! I was moved by the main character Wade's transition from virtual life to real life; how he gained an appreciation for what real life had to offer even though the Oasis (virtual world) was totally awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Has a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about the Hunger Games series (minus the cheesy love triangle) and plenty of awesome eighties pop culture and video game references. Any Generation X'er who grew up with the Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64 will love this book, I highly recommend it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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