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Champ

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  • Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
    "An enjoyable listen for baseball buffs"
    Overall

    Ted was larger than life and this book captures him. If you like baseball and enjoyed Summer of '49, George Will's baseball stories and the recent bio of Joe DiMaggio then try this one. The reader could have used a coach on Bostonese (e.g., frappe is a milk shake and rhymes with trap and is not prononced frap-pay) and baseball (Bobby Doerr's last name is mispronounced for half of the book, as are other baseball fgures, the plural of RBI should be pronounced RBI's, not RBI) but this is nit-picking in light of the content. The tidbits are intriguing, such as the night DiMaggio, Musial and Williams (just the three of them) spent an evening reminiscing in Williams' Florida home in the early '90's, Ted returning to Fenway after Korea, taking a few practice swings and deciding that home plate was "off"----- a surveying team later discovered it was one inch out of place...... Then there are details about his childhood that illuminate his attitude toward matters of faith and may explain how in the world he could end up with 2 children who who would have him decapitated and immersed upside down in a freezer vault.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (87)

    Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viciously attacked and entirely wiped out - and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Excellent story, not a dull moment."
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    One of those books where you dread hearing, "Audible hopes you enjoyed this program." Non stop adventure, highly engrossing even if a tad fanciful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. This gripping narrative of the General's life is moving because he was a man of vision - majestic, though tragically flawed.

    Tim says: "Outstanding recording of a great book"
    "Richly detailed, broadly informative"
    Overall

    Manchester's usual thoroughness undergirds this fascinating subject. McArthur's fifty-two years of extraordinary service in a variety of settings is presented with criticism and compliments, as appropriate. I regret that a supplement cannot be written that takes advantage of information from the former Soviet Union that was unavailable when the book was written.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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