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Pete Rose: An American Dilemma | [Kostya Kennedy]

Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.
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Publisher's Summary

Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

How do we evaluate the Hit King now, at a time when steroid cheats appear on the Hall of Fame ballot even as Rose is denied? What do we make of this happily unrepentant gambler, this shameless but beguiling showman whose post-baseball journey has led him to a curious reality show and to the streets of Cooperstown to hawk his signature, his story, himself?

Best-selling author Kostya Kennedy delivers an evocative answer in his fascinating re-examination of Pete Rose's life; from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy to the man we find today--still incorrigible, still adored by many. Where has his improbable saga landed him in the redefined, post-steroid world? Do we feel any differently about Pete Rose today? Should we?

©2014 Kostya Kennedy (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport--Liebling, Angell--it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about." (Richard Ford)

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    David Old Washington, OH, United States 05-01-14
    David Old Washington, OH, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, not so good production."

    It would be nice if the producers took the time and effort to pronounce baseball players names correctly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    The Rabid Reader 05-07-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Ben Bartolone--narrator--is terrible"
    What did you like best about Pete Rose? What did you like least?

    Bartolone ruined this book for me. Consistently mispronounces names. Leo Durocher (Da-row-sher, not Due-row-shay), Maury Wills (wills, not will-is).


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    orange-man Chicago, IL 08-15-14
    orange-man Chicago, IL 08-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst narrator ever"
    Would you try another book from Kostya Kennedy and/or Ben Bartolone?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story's was excellent and appeared to be very well researched giving us a good insight into Pete Rose. Very compelling read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was horrible. The story was great. The delivery was maddening, scores of mispronounced names. This is unacceptable. He couldn't even pronounce the name of the current commissioner of baseball correctly. Bud Sell'-ig. What a joke.

    This greatly detracted from the story. Where did they find this guy? The worst I have ever heard.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, due to the horrible delivery


    Any additional comments?

    Don't ever use this narrator again. He either doesn't care to take his job seriously or those who should have been checking on him should be fired. I wish I had read this great book instead of fuming over the presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin M. Stone West Orange, NJ 06-12-14
    Rubin M. Stone West Orange, NJ 06-12-14

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    "Good Story Terrible Narraration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book in my car during a daily 2 hour commute. The story itself was enjoyable, but the horrendous narration made remaining engaged in the book very difficult when combined with focusing on the road.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book needs a narrarator with more passion for the story and the ability to pronounce names. From Durocher to Selig to Oester, it was awful how many times names were botched. It truly drowned out a reasonably entertaining book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    See my comments on the story. The narration ruined this book.


    Was Pete Rose worth the listening time?

    If but for the narration, yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Asher Kentucky 04-21-14
    D. Asher Kentucky 04-21-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Narration and Mispronunciation Reduces my Rating"
    Where does Pete Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a big Pete Rose fan and feel that Mr. Kennedy treated him fairly and objectively.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pete Rose?

    Becoming the all time hits leader and leading the Big Red Machine


    What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

    Very little as he apparently knows nothing about baseball. He totally butchered the names of many of the players names in the story. I can't believe someone didn't listen to this before is it released as it ruins the story for me. He called Bill Mazeroski (for example) Bill
    "Mazurksi" to name a few. One of the poorest narration jobs ever and I have listened to approximately 500 + Audible books over the years.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many such moments in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, good book hurt by poor narration

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 03-25-14
    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 03-25-14
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    "Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great athlete with a great flaw


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a great back story and a great current story of Pete Rose


    What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

    It is really grating in books about sports when the narrator mispronounces pretty famous names. For instance, the narrator calls Leo Durocher (correctly pronounced Doo-ro-sher) Doo-Rosh-Shay. It is not french. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the producer. There are numerous mispronunciations of names. Not the first time in a sports book, and certainly won't be the last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes- It is a quick read.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kean Dermody Dublin, Ireland 10-21-14
    Kean Dermody Dublin, Ireland 10-21-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I still don't know what to think of him"
    Where does Pete Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About average. The narrator goes a little too quickly and doesn't always pause to let some information sink in.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story seems to skim over major events like, leaving The Reds and returning


    Did Ben Bartolone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were easy enough to follow


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

    An All American Story


    Any additional comments?

    This was overall a very interesting book. The author doesn't take sides and it is left up to the listener to make up their own mind and it is very difficult to decide if he is a victim or villan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NJ Nittany Manalapan, NJ 08-28-14
    NJ Nittany Manalapan, NJ 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Did Not Take a Sides, Awful Narration"
    Would you try another book from Kostya Kennedy and/or Ben Bartolone?

    Yes, I have read Kostya in the past. This was a good story filled with great antidotes, but at times, I felt it veered off and also should have taken more of a stance on where the author sits on the Rose ultimate decision about being let back into baseball.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Bartolone?

    Narrator and/or Producers did not know baseball and routinely butchered names, common names throughout. I can't remember any examples, but there were a bunch throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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