A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball….
Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.
In the summer of 1973, Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.
Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever….
In John Grisham’s new novel, the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.
©2012 John Grisham (P)2012 Random House Audio
In the usual stellar writing style of Grisham, Calico Joe will grab you right away, keep you listening for hours, and leave you wishing for more. You certainly don't have to be a baseball fan to love this book, but if you are, you'll especially enjoy it. I have never been disappointed by a Grisham book. As always, I'm already looking forward to his next one.
it keeps you interested all through the book
yes, my wife and i listened to it on are way to cape cod
would recommend this bonk to young and old and sports fans or not
Someone who wants to listen to hours of baseball game replays
Not for a while
My mistake was in not reading more carefully before buying the book. This will not happen again.
Even though this is more about relationships than baseball, it is baseball that forms the setting for the story. If you like baseball literature, you have to give this one a listen.
The story is quite a sentamental one - but when finished, I couldn't help but like it. Worth a read!
The intensity of the story.
Any Grisham book. His style is excellent.
Outstanding as usual.
Keep the audio books coming.
A bit predictable however I still enjoyed the story. Very interesting relationship between the son and his father.
The Baseball games where Joe did his magic.
Joe, he was an old school baseball player who played the game hard and aggressive, it would be interesting to listen to his experiences.
Mom of three
I have not read the print version, but, as a non-baseball-addict, I would not have enjoyed wading through all of the baseball facts had I tried to read it. I would have done it, but would not have been able to deal with it as gracefully as Erik Singer, the reader, did!
I liked the main character most. In general I like Grisham's main characters. Grisham makes them likeable and realistic.
I have listened to Erik Singer many times and he does a superb job. He uses color and inflection for the different characters without over-doing the dramatization. His performance enhances the the book.
I listened to it in about 2 days so I didn't miss by much! I was definitely hooked once I got started!
Did not read the print version.
Meeting of Joe and Warren
Did not read the book so cannot compare
It is a good read for baseball types. However, there are some areas in the story that have to be "filled in" by the casual baseball observer.
Good character development.
No value added.
The love of the game and the pain of the game.
It made me nostalgic. There were very painful parts and redeeming parts.
A well written baseball story with a somewhat predictable ending, but with a surprise twist. Not your standard Grisham churn out.
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