©1990 by Roger Angell; (P)1991 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"The best baseball writer of our time." (Chicago Sunday Times)
"Angell is the clear-eyed poet laureate of baseball. His book is like a long, wonderful string of base hits by the home team." (New York Post)
Angell writes with wit and an obvious love for the game. He describes the 1968 season and World Series vividly, making the reader feel he is there! The narrator is pleasantly voiced, steady and clear. I highly recommend it for those who love baseball.
I hate reading things like that: The best book ever written -- almost a guarantee for disappointment, but not in this case. Baseball fans usually make lousy writers, and great writers are rarely baseball fans. This book is the intersection of insightful writing and baseball passion, which for me is sheer bliss -- especially when the book is about my childhood heroes: the '69 Mets, Mays, Clemente, Aaron. Beautifully written, thoughtful, clever, deep -- the moment I finished I started it over. Was also nice that it fortuitously coincided with the "Baseball Seasons" show covering the same time period.
The only thing I didn't like was the mispronunciation of several of the ballplayers names, like Jerry Grote (it's not Groat, it's Gro-tee). The sound quality wasn't the greatest, and it's better if the audio book is divided into parts or chapters -- there was no easy way just to go to the last chapter and re-listen.
I loved these stories and have ordered the book to enjoy them again. The audio quality, however, was so uneven it was occasionally difficult to listen. Good reader, but bad sound engineer. A most unfortunate result for such great writing!
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