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  • The Courts of Babylon: Dispatches from the Golden Age of Tennis

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Bodo
    • Narrated By Welland Scripps
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No sport has gone through the seismic changes that rocked tennis when the game, long a holdout against professionalism and creeping commercialism, abandoned its roots as a genteel, amateurs-only enterprise and became a pro sport, vying for the heart of the public with rivals like soccer, NFL football, or NBA basketball. Peter Bodo, who has covered tennis since the dawn of this "Open" era as the chief writer for Tennis magazine, was there to witness this transition and what it promised, what it delivered. He has covered the game on every continent since the early 1970s.

    Joel says: "Started strongly and then fell apart"
    "Started strongly and then fell apart"
    What disappointed you about The Courts of Babylon?

    The first two chapters of the book were great. After that it became clear that the authors views on various tennis players were based purely on his own conservative values.

    If a player expressed left wing views they were a 'loony', yet a player who expressed right wing views was 'misjudged'. Female players were 'goaded into homosexuality by lack of moral fibre on the tour'. And he seems to feel that players cannot succeed without a belief in god.

    What could Peter Bodo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Kept his personal politics and judgements out of otherwise interesting anecdotes.

    Have you listened to any of Welland Scripps’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first one. He is a fine narrator.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some nice anecdotes. It didn't hurt, as an Australian, that the author gave Pat Cash a lot of credit, particularly for his Davis Cup performances. Beyond that this book was a struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fell Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Terry Wale

    Bank Holiday Monday, and beautiful Zellah Wilding, straight-A student at St Margaret's, prefect and future Head Girl, lies dead near the famous Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. What was this good girl from a strict Christian family doing out there, dressed to kill, when she was supposed to be at a sleepover with school friends? A secret boyfriend from a run-down estate and a recently-released rapist look tasty; or could the nearby fairground or the eponymous prison have something to do with it?

    Betty says: "Good book, problematic narration"
    "May be a good book but I'll probably never know!"

    Like the initial reviewer, this is more a review of the reader. This may be a brilliant book but the reader is horrible. I gave the book an hour and a half before I could no longer stand it. The problem? He's so old fashioned and narrates the book as if it is Jane Austin. This is a modern day crime novel and I felt as if I was in the Victorian age. Oh well, lesson learned, I shall be avoiding this reader from now on and I suggest others do the same. Unless it is a classic novel, he'd be ok with those.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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