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Karen B

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San Antonio, TX USA | 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
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (240)

    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"
    "On Deck...Baseball's Paraiah"
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    I don't have a love of baseball, but I have an appreciation for it since I married a baseball fan and am raising a baseball fanatic. When we heard Jim Bouton on a radio program, my husband said he read Ball Four when he was a teenager and remembered it being a good book, so I thought I'd listen to it. Jim Bouton, telling his own stories, was a riot, especially when he couldn't keep from laughing at some of the antics of his teammates during the telling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was a real insiders look at the clubhouse workings of baseball in the mid-century of the game. Bouton tells about people I remember from my childhood as former baseball players, so getting to know them as active players was delightful.

    It is really sad that so many in baseball turned against Bouton for his tell-all book, the first of many written by other baseball players and managers. There was nothing in the narrative that would cause an outsider to make any value judgements on any of the players, thereby justifying their shunning of Bouton. And while Ball Four is a complete story on its own, "The Final Pitch" part contains material from the 10-year anniversary re-release (Ball Five) and the 20-year re-release (Ball Six). Jim Bouton brings the real, human perspective of the effects a career in baseball has on a person in the final chapters of The Final Pitch.

    I recommend Ball Four: The Final Pitch to anyone with any level of appreciation for baseball because it will bring untouchable players off the field and into your heart.

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17207)
    Performance
    (15286)
    Story
    (15239)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Time? What time?"
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    I was a huge Stephen King fan in high school, reading all of his early works and scaring the bejeebers out of myself at night reading "The Shining," "'Salem's Lot," and "It," among others. This was a refreshing re-introduction to Mr. King's amazing story-telling without scaring me. (That was why I quit reading his stories.) 11/22/63 took place when I was a baby, so the events were filtered through my elders' experiences. This story added another layer of color to those experiences.

    I love how Mr. King can imagine time in a non-linear fashion, as he did in this book and in the "Dark Towers" series (which I listened to in parallel to this). His depictions of what alternate futures could be in store from changing a single event are fantastical and seemingly realistic. My husband and I listened to it together on our daily commute to and from work and he had never experienced more than the movie version of "The Shining." He was duly impressed with the story as well.

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  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (2187)
    Story
    (2192)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A Modern Classic"
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    Not having read the print version, nor seen the TV mini-series, I chose to listen to the audio version of "The Winds of War" for the freedom to travel and move about while enjoying the story. Herman Wouk did a believable job of adding Victor Henry into the history of World War II, creating a character that I had to remind myself was fictional. The fantastical meeting of the major leaders of the European Axis and being a high-level errand boy for FDR was quite good. There were a few loose ends that I wish had been tied up, but for the sake of the story, that probably wasn't necessary.

    The narrator, Kevin Pariseau, has sharp quality to his voice that took me some time to get used to, but it was a good fit for this story. His accents were generally quite good, but a few times I had to pay close attention to which character was speaking as Aaron Jastro sometimes had a British accent and other times a New York accent. All in all, however, he used his voice to paint believable characteristics of people we could only hear and not see.

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