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Jack

Gwynedd Valley, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Long Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Piazza, Lonnie Wheeler
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Mike Piazza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick". The Dodgers never expected him to play for them - or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star 12 times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story.

    Amazon Customer says: "I only thought i knew the Mike Piazza story"
    "An Inspiration For Everyone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    If you love baseball stories and overcoming adversity, this book is for you. He takes you from his early days hitting balls in his backyard right through the major league. Amazing how such a standout player can be overlooked by everyone in baseball, as he was drafted as a favor to his father in the 62nd round by the LA Dodgers. His hard work, perseverance, and belief in himself eventually carried the day. Mikes's language can be a little rough at times for very young readers, but it does fit the context of his story. I especially liked it because Mike is the narrator which makes it more personal. Aspiring young players will get a mental boost from listening to this program.

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  • Frank: The Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the 20th century - infinitely charismatic, lionized, and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

    Brad says: "Both fascinating and tedious"
    "Very thorough but incomplete"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Frank: The Voice?

    Narrator did an excellent job


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    Great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Frank Sinatra, Part 1


    Any additional comments?

    Dissapointed that the book did not cover his full life story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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