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steve finkelstein

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  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Charley Steiner
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    No immortal in the history of baseball retired so young, so well, or so completely as Sandy Koufax. After compiling a remarkable record from 1962 to 1966 that saw him lead the National League in ERA all five years, win three Cy Young awards, and pitch four no-hitters including a perfect game, Koufax essentially disappeared. Save for his induction into the Hall of Fame and occasional appearances at the Dodgers training camp, Koufax has remained unavailable, unassailable, and unsullied.

    steve finkelstein says: "Wow"
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    What did you love best about Sandy Koufax?

    The book is easy to listen to and parallels a lot of idolizing of Mr. Koufax. The writing is wonderful. Having Charlie Steiner narrate the book is pure genius. Charlie is great talking about sports. Getting to listen to him for an extended period is great. I know, overuse of the word


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Liz Robbins
    • Narrated By Chris Fogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    New York Times reporter Liz Robbins brings the famed New York City Marathon to life, capturing the day's festivities mile by mile. She tells the stories of the determined competitors - from their friendships and rivalries to their adversity and redemption - through the prism of the unforgettable 2007 race. Infused with rich history of the event's legends and its colorful neighborhood characters, A Race Like No Other provides a curbside seat to the first Sunday in November, breathlessly carrying the reader from the start on the Verrazano to the triumphant finish line.

    steve finkelstein says: "Story is interesting, narration is challenging"
    "Story is interesting, narration is challenging"
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    Would you listen to A Race Like No Other again? Why?

    The NYC Marathon is a great race. The book conveys a lot of what is great about the race. However, narrator seems to have issues with some works (e.g., St. Moritz, Addis Ababa and chutzpah). I don't know if the writer or editor's listen to the book after it is narrated. My guess is "no." So, the book becomes unintentionally comical due to the narrator rather than the content.
    I doubt if I will listen to this again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe if you have a book about the NYC Marathon, how about a narrator with a New York accent? Or at least someone who can pronounce "chutzpah."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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