The news of his father's terminal cancer leads a man to try to come to grips with a tragic event in his past. Grisham alternates the story lines between present-day, the story of rookie phenom Calico Joe Castle, and events from the author's childhood. He shifts between first and third person depending on the story line he's telling, and the technique works. The narration is first-rate and the story itself is predictable but still entertaining. Though I'm a baseball fanatic, I didn't enjoy it as much as Playing for Pizza, another Grisham sports-themed book. In all, this is a good, though fairly short book. It's novella-length, so buying it with a membership credit is worth it if you really like baseball or Grisham. I definitely wouldn't pay retail for it.
Yes, mostly because I'm a fan of audiobooks and of narrator Jeffrey Kafer.
I have no problem visualizing characters when I read, but I my imagination is weak in terms of voices. Kafer's narration adds a layer of realism.
I've read Cantrell's collaborative work with James Rollins, but this is the first of her solo efforts I've read. Interesting characters and setting. Overall, a good story.
Locke was my favorite character. I loved the occasional one-liners and sarcastic comments he injected into situations. Always natural, never forced.
Yes, but it's a bit too long for that.
One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time!
A good mix of action, suspense, sadness, and surprises.
Vin. She grew and changed the most over the course of the series.
Sanderson delivers a solid ending to a great series, without falling prey to sentimentality.
Yes. It's a great book and well-narrated.
Often, the middle book in a series leaves you feeling unsatisfied, but this is an excellent book and one of my favorite fantasy series of all time.
Maybe. Both are very good. I like the way the narrator brings Welch to life. Just right!
Franco. He's funny and devoted.
This was the first.
It's not really that kind of book. There are some emotional bits, but mostly it's entertaining, uplifting, and funny at times.
You don't have to love football to enjoy this book. Short and sweet!
Perhaps, but I'm in no great hurry
Plot-wise, there are superficial similarities to Harry Potter, but it reminds me more of books like "The Dark is Rising."
A little sedate. Narrative voice was good, but the characters came across a little dry.
I believe there are several. It's not a bad book, but it shows its age in terms of style. Liked it, but didn't love it.
This is a digitizing of the old cassette recording. Unfortunately, the producers couldn't be bothered to remove all the "Please fast-forward to the end of the cassette..." bits. It's not that difficult.
This series has its ebbs and flows over the course of the first dozen books. The first five are excellent, though Jordan's pacing and style aren't for everyone. This book, the sixth in the series, is very good, but it marks the spot where, in my opinion, the series really slowed down. Important and interesting things happen in this book, but there's a heavy dose of planning, plotting, and discussing. Still, a good book, but not the best in the series.
If the friend really enjoyed pirate adventures and didn't have high expectations.
I wish the plot had a few more twists. The story was very linear.
Maybe. He's good with accents but his narration was a little flat. I'd give him at least one more try before making up my mind, though.
Probably. It's a relatively short book so I'll have to wait until I've forgotten most of it.
The "miracle." I don't want to spoil it, but it's funny and sticks in your mind.
He perfectly captured the author's dry, cynical humor while voicing the characters in a serious way.
Lots of laughs, especially if you like cynical satire. The author pokes fun at sacred cows and popular culture trends.
Yes. This is one of my favorite series and I go back to it every few years.
When we learn something important about the background of the King of the Murgos.
His portrayal of Belgarath.
Too long for that.
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