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  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (696)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Entertaining Novella"
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    The news of his father's terminal cancer leads a man to try to come to grips with a tragic event in his past. Grisham alternates the story lines between present-day, the story of rookie phenom Calico Joe Castle, and events from the author's childhood. He shifts between first and third person depending on the story line he's telling, and the technique works. The narration is first-rate and the story itself is predictable but still entertaining. Though I'm a baseball fanatic, I didn't enjoy it as much as Playing for Pizza, another Grisham sports-themed book. In all, this is a good, though fairly short book. It's novella-length, so buying it with a membership credit is worth it if you really like baseball or Grisham. I definitely wouldn't pay retail for it.

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