(P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Lipman...has preserved the flavor and cadence of Paige's conversation and writes his story honestly, avoiding neither the tragedies nor the escapades which mark his career." (Booklist)
"Not only was Satchel Paige an amazing athlete, he was one of the great American humorists in the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Yogi Berra. The most famous black player of his era shines through the pages of this remarkable autobiography." (John B. Holway)
Maybe I was just spoiled from the times we could listen to the great Buck O'Neil recount stories from the Negro Leagues.
The narrator was all wrong for this audio book. Ended up returning the item within the first 5 minutes. I read this book previously and it is full of soul-something completely missing here.
They should have asked anyone down at the wonderful Negro League Museum to narrate this book. This narrator didn't give this justice. I am not faulting the narrator himself as he may be very good in other instances, but the fault lies with whoever matched up this book with that narrator.
Being an autobiography certain details were left out, which makes more vivid how Satchel Paige saw himself. This is a rich history, full of insight.
The only blemish is that the reader mispronounces Bill Veeck's name at every occurance. It is Veeck as in Wreck (Bill Veeck's 1962 Autobiography) Bill Veeck was very important to Satchel Paige and he endeavored to integrate baseball long before Branch Rickey did. It is regretable that neither the gentleman reading, nor the audio editor, got this right. It takes away from the book at each utterance.
Don't let one blemish cause you to hesitate if you are inclined to listen to the greatest pitcher of all time tell you his tale. I found it enthralling.
After this you may want to listen to "We Are The Ship" which adds a wealth of information about the Negro Leagues Satchel Paige describes in part.
Say something about yourself!
I just couldn't listen to the reader of this book. His voice was not suited at all to the words he was reading or the world he was supposed to represent. I had to quit after half an hour.
Delightful little book. I get some hints of womanizing from Satchel, but it's not the area for tell all autobiographies. What an extraordinary career. Too bad there weren't better stats from the Negro leagues, because I'm not always sure that Satch's claim can all stand up, or, it could be that even he didn't really know how well he played. Interesting language and expressions salt the book. His comment that women and money are the two things you'll do almost anything for, was both interesting and revealing. This is a baseball fan's book, I don't know how much it adds to the greater story of the world. However, he's an interesting man, none the less.
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