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Jimmy

Altadena, CA, United States | 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
    (342)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (306)

    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"
    "Several Very Different Stories"
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    Ball Four is a classic and it is wonderful to hear Bouton read the book himself. Hearing him busting up laughing at his own recounts of the nutty characters in the book is a real joy. However, SPOILER: Bouton has undergone a great deal of hardship and heartbreak in the last couple of decades and he writes about, and subsequently narrates, this in the epilogues. He does a beautiful and heart-wrenching job but naturally you will be left with a much different experience than you would if you had only read Ball Four. It's a great book with and without the epilogues, but it is something to be prepared for. I'm glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Buntin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Midcentury Los Angeles: A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America", a land of sunshine and orange groves, Midwestern values, and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

    Jimmy says: "A good (but a little corny) history of LA"
    "A good (but a little corny) history of LA"
    Overall
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    As a lifelong Angeleno, this book was very interesting to me. I hardly knew any of this information, and I think the story is compelling enough to hold the interest of people who do not know the area at all. However, the author takes on an affected, fake-pulpy style in the first half that is pretty distracting and definitely takes away from the content. The 20's and 30's were sensational enough on their own and don't really need that, and I would have preferred something a little more historical. The second half, which covers the second half of the 20th century, is much better in that regard. This is a great topic and I think Buntin covered it competently. The narration was good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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