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Gary Johnson

Kansas City, MO USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence S. Ritter
    • Narrated By Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, and others
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Baseball's Golden Age comes alive through the voices of men who were there. Selected from the original tapes on which Lawrence S. Ritter based his classic book of baseball history, The Glory of Their Times is a collection of wonderful tales that paint a vivid and evocative picture of a lively young America and the giants who starred on her ballfields, legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and many others.

    Richard says: "A Game Winning, Grand Slam!!!"
    "hear the ballpayers"
    Overall

    I read "The Glory of Their Times" a few years ago and enjoyed it considerably. I decided to revisit the book through Audible and got a big surprise: the audio book is a collection of the original interviews recorded by author Lawrence Ritter. This audio book doesn't just give you a narrator reading the stories that baseball players told Ritter. You hear the original players talking. Some of the recordings are a little murky. Most were recorded well over 40 years ago. But it's an absolute delight to hear the voices of the players (who played during the '10s, '20s, and '30s). I give this audio book my highest recommendation. Even if you've already read "Glory of Their Times" (maybe especially if you've already read it) you'll want to listen to this superb collection of interviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great American Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and others
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Gary Johnson says: "a problem with chapter stops"
    "a problem with chapter stops"
    Overall

    I haven't listened to the entire book yet and what I've heard thus far is well narrated. But there is a problem with the chapter stops. Instead of targeting the beginning of each story, chapter stops have been arbitrarily placed every 17 minutes. So you can't easily skip amongst the stories in this collection. Because of this problem, I doubt that I'll purchase any additional volumes in this series. If that doesn't sound like a problem to you, go ahead and purchase this book. The story selection is excellent.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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