As a Rays season ticket holder, I found this book entertaining and very enlightening. There was lots of info in here I'd never heard about, especially about past and present ownership. Who would have guessed that the new ownership used Disney to train their stadium workers? I've often questioned Maddon's decisions but the book has enlightened me on some of the decisions I thought were really strange in the past. Now I have a better understanding of why he makes the choices.
The one thing I really didn't like about the book was the fact the narrator/reader didn't do his homework on the pronunciations of players names ie. Jim Thome which ends with a long E sound he kept ending it with a long A sound. That's only one example of many.
If you like baseball, this is a good read. It's definitely a good follow up to the book Moneyball. But this book deals more with the AL East including the Yankees and Boston which the Rays are continually compared to. Enjoy!
I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?
Of course Scott Brick's performance was excellent! With that being said, I wish I could say the same for the book. I wanted so much to enjoy this book. It was a great idea. But the ending didn't leave me wanting to read the next book in the trilogy. So I've moved on to another series with an author I know I can trust, Orson Scott Card.
Eric Haney tells it like it is. His recalling of going through "Selection" was awesome. His stories of missions he went on were enough to make me sit in the car with the engine running for "just a few more minutes". His insight on terrorism made me sit up and listen.
Now for the narrator: I don't care for the style of Mr. Dean. He reminds me so much of the kid in class who reads every word exactly as it is on the page.
I almost gave up on this book within the first hour but grew to enjoy it. I so looked forward to the end that I kept listening. I was highly disappointed the book just stopped at the end and nothing at all was resolved. I can't see listening for another 40 hrs and still nothing. So I'm stopping here. I purchased this book because of the very high ratings it's getting. That's it for me. I'm on to a different story that has an ending and away from the soap operish style this is written in.
I was very young when all this happened and only remember bits and pieces. This book gave me so much more background information than I'd ever heard or read about in other books.
Groundhog’s Day was a fun movie where the character wakes up to the same day…day after day after day. According to what I’ve read, this book was the inspiration for the movie. Both the movie and the book are about reliving the past but that’s where the similarities end.
Instead of living one day over and over, try living 25 years over each time. What would you change? Or would you live each life in the same style every time? You have many choices of how to live out those years by making lots of money (since you already know the future), becoming a recluse and getting away from it all, living it somewhere in the middle as a family man, etc.
Then come the moral questions of whether you try to do good for others leading them away from bad choices, disasters or even helping your country to avoid major conflict. But how much information is too much to give? Would you try saving President Kennedy? Every life is a new life. What would you choose to do knowing the future history? Or will it be the same future history when you tell others of upcoming events?
I had trouble laying the book aside. Enjoy the listen!
Here's one of those books you must read/listen to. Stephen King takes an idea an runs with it all the way to the end. I liked it so much that I tell everyone about this book.
Imagine finding a portal which takes you back in time to the same exact date and time...every time you go through it! Then stay in the past for as long as you want and return back through the portal only 3 minutes later in your own time. Would you try stopping Oswald? How much did a pound of ground beef cost in 1958? You'll find out in the book because that's where the restaurant owner buys the meat for his burgers. Can you imagine buying the exact same ground beef, bringing it to the future, and selling it many times over?
This book kept me glued to my seat. So why did I give it only 4 stars? For a very brief part of the book, King adds his Kingly touch of wierdness which I thought was unnecessary. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy his many books. I just didn't think it was needed.
With that said, here's a book I promise you will enjoy! I'm betting this one will make the big screen in the not so distant future. Enjoy!
It's been a very long time since I've listened to a book that I just couldn't stop listening to. Have you ever had one of those? It's the kind I pull in the drive and just sit in the car or I get to work and sit in the parking lot until the absolute latest time I could. Even worse, I found my self driving the long way around just to be able to listen longer. This book was definitely one of those. I didn't feel the same way with the first 2 books as I did with this. The author used such a great way of bringing everything together. I absolutely loved the trial and how it was written. What a great listen...and when you think it's all over, there's still lots more story to tell.
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