Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis.
Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don't know how he almost blew his career. They haven't read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era.
They don't know how hard he can laugh at himself - or that he thinks some of his critics have a point. And they don't know what it was really like to grow up in his father's shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn't that simple. Jack, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost 50 years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at 18. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer, and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.
In Lucky Bastard, Joe takes the listener into the broadcast booth and into his childhood home. Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a book that any sports fan will love.
©2016 Joe Buck (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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Yes. I always enjoy when a narrator reads their own book. At least they can't say they were misquoted.
When he told about how that comedy guy Lange came on his showed and made him feel like Little Bo Peep.
Joe Buck is always a good listen so long as he doesn't destroy his voice unintentionally.
"Hi, I'm Joe Buck...but not from Midnight Cowboy...but I have as much money as he does...wanna shag?" That would be my tag line.
Still waiting for a memorable call but don't worry kid, you got time...
I've always enjoyed Joe Buck's work in the broadcast booth, and he's always seemed like a pretty fun guy, & this book pretty much confirmed all of that. The stories about his dad were truly heartfelt and beautiful; the stories about his own family were raw and also beautiful; and the stories about his career and issues outside of the stadium were amazing to learn about. I like the guy even more now, and I hope to run into him some day at a local bar!
I've listened to over 200 books over the last 4 or 5 years, but this audiobook may be the most enjoyable I've ever heard. I've watched and listened to Joe for many years and have enjoyed his worth. But now I see him in an entirely different light. It's almost like he a friend I could go to lunch with. He seemed so much more down to earth than I had previously thought. His story. Is fantastic, but his narration was off the chart. His voice made this book like a guy just telling you stories. He's the very best narration of an audiobook I have EVER heard. Great joy Joe, I'll give the book a 10..ready for a second installment!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed. I found a lot in common with Joe, both the same age, worked for successful fathers, have 2 daughters. This book is more than about a guy that calls ball games. Well worth the time.
After listening I will be a little disappointed if Joe doesn't read this review (and every other one as well)!
With that in mind. Joe, enjoyed your book I'm a fan now! I found tremendous commonality with you as most red-blooded American men would.
My biggest takeaway from listening is that no matter how well off you are born, how great your childhood, how lucky or successful you become it is still up to you to be happy.
I've always liked watching broadcasts with Joe Buck... Especially baseball.
So I thought I'd listen to this book for something different.
I laughed my butt off. Cried. Then laughed even more.
If you are a sports fan; it's a must read book.
Thanks Joe for sharing your story!!!
I gave up broadcast sports about the time Joe Buck began his career, but Jack Buck was the voice of my summers for more than 20 years. I bought this recording to learn more about Jack and relive many memories of favorite Cardinals. I was not disappointed. Of course, Joe's career has expanded far beyond St. Louis baseball, and I found his behind the scenes stories about players and other broadcasters to be fascinating, even though there were many I have not heard of. This is a most satisfying autobiography.
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