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Mary

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  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (689)

    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"
    "Grisham is out of his league"
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    What did you like best about Calico Joe? What did you like least?

    At times there definitely were exciting parts, particularly when Joe was just getting started in the majors. The idea that the young boy was having such a difficult time with his dad and the dysfunctional family was distracting and then having his father being the villain to his hero, Joe struck me as implausible and upsetting.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    The boy and his father had enough going on that involving Joe and his story was ridiculous. The ending was also ridiculous and not at all redemptive


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

    The narrator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1336)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J says: "Suffused my being..."
    "I can't tell you how good this book is."
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    Would you listen to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close again? Why?

    I do plan to listen to this book again because the actors are amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    There are too many memorable moments to really authentically pick just one.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would say that it is rare to say the narration improves a book but in this case it is like listening to a play brought to life by the actors.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it on a cross country train trip so I did listen in one sitting and loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you only get to listen to one book this year let it be this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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