Beaverton, OR, United States
And a real must read for those of us who came of age in the era of "The Micks" pivotal years. I appreciate that Jane Leavy didn't glorify Mantle in her book-she wrote the truth-both the good and the terrible, the heartbreak of a man who's body was worn down by the sport he loved and who finally found himself - the real Mickey Mantle.
I grew up in a Dodger family..my parents were from New York, transplants to Los Angeles in the 40s....we listened to baseball all spring and summer-didn't matter who was playing-our big multi band radio was tuned in to a baseball game. When the Yankees played USC pre season in 1951, my dad had 2 tickets and I got to go..I saw the home run that was the start of Mantles baseball life and I got an autograph in my pink autograph book..and as an awkward 11 year old girl with her own mitt, I never forgot the way he smiled at me and said "Girls can't play baseball!". I developed my first crush...Mickey was it for me. Rooting for the Yankees was as bad as it could be in my family but I spent the next 35 years following my hero.
This book is great for those of us who never saw the dark side of Mickey Mantle and for baseball fans who didn't experience the game when it was played for fun-before the big salaries and bonuses, when kids played until dark on vacant lots or at school yards.
The writing and story and wonderfully done, though I wasn't really impressed with the narration. Still, like all personal histories it's about the person. This book is better than the several other Mantle books I've written-it's honest and doesn't glorify Mantles bad disposition or sexist ways-things that were never printed in newspapers back then. There was a protection of sorts around sports heroes and politics in the middle years of the country.
A must hear for sports fans of any era.
I know,the majority of Audible listeners seem to love Dick Hill's narrations but this was so awful I couldn't bear to finish. Hills totally bogus accents, be it Julios P.R.,Abes Yiddish-isms or the many Japanese accents in this novel were so poor I cringed..and I couldn't keep the story straight..finally just gave up and decided to go on to the next episode with Christopher Price at the mike.
I notice this was recorded in 2008 and it could be that Price was not available then, perhaps this recording was done before Audio books really caught on..and "Bloodline" is noted as being narrated by Hill also,but apparently Price has re-done it and Audible just hasn't changed the test to note that...in any case I'll listen to this again when Price or the new narrator who did the Early Years prequels redoes "By The Sword.
But for now..I consider this a waste of a credit and it's going back.
I sure wish Hill didn't do the Jack Reacher series also,since I'm kvetching about Him in this review. Sorry for the bitch session, but I'm just so frustrated.
Skip this episode..nothing lost IMO.
I'm packing to move and have had Repairman Jack running on my iPad for over a week now, one after the other. So far this is, in my opinion, the best story of the first 7. Including The Early Years---this series has kept me interested and helped m not be bored while packing....Don't know what I'm going to do when I get to Book 15!
Recommended, but it's best to read/listen in order.
After being quite disappointed in the first novel in this series, I decided to go ahead and listen to this, the second book, I liked it quite a bit better than the first book..especially since there weren't hanging story lines as there were in the first book...
I enjoyed this so much I purchased the third in this series plus the first one in the original series..
Recommended for those who like fix-it type guys with a touch of paranormal
My first exposure to Repairman jack, I understand the similarities between this series and the Reacher series by Lee Child. Sort of. I think Child a more superior author with Wilson running behind on the 'uber fix it guy' front.
I enjoyed most of the book except for the ending which left so many unfinished plot lines that I was quite disappointed and frustrated by it..and wondered if I even wanted to purchase another book in the series...
Maybe followers of these books have discovered the answers to all those different unanswered questions but I found it a pretty poor way to end a book..
Alexander Cendese was a great narrator - I especially enjoyed his take on Jacks Yiddish speaking buddy Abe.
If you are into these books, I'm sure you'll enjoy this newcomer to the series, a prequel subtitled The Early Years. If you don't mind abrupt cliffhanger endings than it shouldn't bother a true fan too much. It just wasn't a great way to start a series.
I have developed a real liking for Dani Britton, the protagonist in 2 of S.G.Redlings novels and I sincerely hope there are more coming.
This is a series that needs to be heard/read in order..there's a lot of history in book 1 that would be lost if you start with the 2nd book.
Dani is a plucky smart young woman who has moved to the Florida Keys to escape whoever is trying to kill her and her best friend.
Redling is a superior author IMO, I've just discovered her?/his? books and have enjoyed every one of them-especially Flowertown, which was an Audible Daily Deal a couple of weeks ago and turned me on to these novels.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of Redlings stories
I love the protagonist! She has emotional and physical issues. She's still a real person even though she's the POTUS. Lot of character changes of 'what the He**? is going on make for a very riveting "The President Dies" type novels..and it really sucked mien!
Similar to "6 days of the Condor" in many ways, Dani just wants to know what is going on while she went out of the office for a few minutes to get lunch..but she can't seem to discover what the H**L is happening????? then saddling rehiring characters a few months later..never know what is going to happen here!
narrated by narrated by Tanya Eby-who is an excellent choice for this series.
Use your credit and ENJOY this Post app novel that might well be the "TRUTH" I had a difficult time deleting the S"P:OILERS in this novel so please, give me a break!!!
I had the dubious 'good' fortune to experience the Hells Angels @ Bass Week for almost a decade, especially around Memorial Day Weekend and The Fourth of July..which sometimes can be as long as 5-6 days depending on what day The Fourth comes! We found, as a whole, the members to be courteous and friendly, especially to both my young sons. My gouges son, wh was toddler to 6 year old during these summers, remembers Hells Angels MC members tousling his curly red hair. We shared a cabin with good friend who had children the same age as ours. And we had to go to the store, one of the 2 in 'town' at least once a day. My girlfriends and I soon found that wearing our bikini toe and cut off shorts to the store wasn't really good idea.
We also had the pleasure of watching the Angels water ski behind rented ski boats and even went to Willow Cove to offer water skiing lessons toy these guys...and yes-they do water ski in their colors..back then colors were most frequently work on denim jackets with the sleeves torn off...
Anyhow, it was a real memory blast to listen to Hunter Thompson's non-fiction story about his experiences with the Hells Angels-I purchased it because my son, who is now is in his early 40's, has good memories about his experiences at Bass Lake and with the Hells Angels. He said I'd enjoy it and surprisingly enough, I did.
Narrator Scott Sowers did an excellent job relating this story about his year-or-so long experiences hanging out with the Oakland CA chapter of the Angels. I had hoped this would go into the Altamont disaster when the Greatful Dead hired the Angels (and paid them with beer, no less) to provide security for an open air concert akin to Woodstock as far as security fences goes...that is a great story and I'd love to hear it from Sowers POV..but he was no longer hanging out with the Angels then.
If you are an AARP member (over 55) or West Coast person and have memories of that era I recommend buying this book. If you are a motorcycle enthuses it's a good look at the history of a significant time in 20th century cycling.
Well written and narrated I recommend this story to almost anyone with interests in this field.
This is a very slow paced novel and though I did give it a 5 star review, it could have been so much better had author Redling given us a better verbal picture of what the Didodes (I have no idea how it is spelled) or the aliens that are visited really looked like. I finally ended up picturing a neanderthal-ish person in my mind. I'd have preferred know what the author envisioned when writing.
The similarities between Earthers and Didodes are many as are the differences and Redling with excellent narration from Angela Dawe does a lot to show these...but it all brought up several questions in my mind, akin to the physical description issue that I won't go into as it would be very much a spoiler.
I think this novel is appropriate for a younger teen interested in space exploration that focuses on interpersonal skills more than plasma ray guns and hyper drives...not lots of tech in this book, just lots of talking.
I basically listened to this in 2 days and even dreamed about it the night between..did this story have an effect on me? Apparently so!.
I recommend it for people who don't need blood and guts stories.
This novel was a real blast of a possibly real situation that could happen at any time and not just in Ohio. Though some reviewers saw this as a YA future history, Elle is actually 33 - 10 years older than her room mate Rachael who comes across as a sweet kid just wanting to get out of the 7 year long isolation for a weekend in Vegas with her sister.
Ellie, the primary protagonist, and think Redding wrote her well...she is a person with faults: angry, at being trapped in a small town while she was visiting. She smokes dope--as do many of the town folks in order to overcome the nausea caused by drugs that are continually being tested on the citizens as well as the boredom of being trapped in a dead end job and subject to arbitrary rules set forth by the company who was attempting to remedy the situation they caused...there are no longer civil rights in PennCo.
The two male protagonists are also well written..I liked Bing, the town pot supplier and one of Ellies co-workers and Guy, Ellies main guy. I wish there was a second continuing book about the future of the people we get to know.
I love novels that I don't figure out 'who dun it' long before the middle of the book..it's a challenge for me to conquer the author at his/her mystery writing.
Suspect is my first Michael Robotham novel as well as the first narration by Simon Prebbles that I've listened to..and it was a spectacularly written and narrated listen-one of those books where the Audible version must be better than the print--after all, who can read with a UK accent unless you are from the UK. This includes Liverpudian accents, Welsh accents as well as Londonese.
As other reviewers have suggested, listen to these in order..Suspense being the first and important in setting up the primary characters.
Buy it and ENJOY!
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