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  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Jane Leavy, John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, she delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Exceptional - a real must read for baseball fans"
    "like listening to someone read the dictionary"
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    I have been an audible user for a decade and this is far and away the worst book I have ever listened to - suggested by someone who, obviously, never read it. Appropriate for the 30 people in the world who have the time to listen to 30 pages describing the debate about a homerun in the early 1950's to come to the conclusion that it was fantasy (duh!!) and it gets worse from there - lots of Mickey Mantle anatomy, hero adulation despite lots of evidence to the contrary. I had to stop before I started screaming. I know that folks who sit around and reminisce about baseball numbers can be pretty boring, but putting it into a book with a subtitle "the end of America's childhood" is not only pretentious but inaccurate. A good bedtime book for insomniacs - better than the dictionary.

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