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
The characters were very simplistic and not believable. More depth to the plot and characters could have made the book better.
Simplistic characters and plot.I like other Grisham books, but really did not like this one.
not in my opinion.
Not a baseball book per se. The second half was a little ploddy, sappy and rather predictable. Best when baseball fans were talking about the game. Researched well enough that you sometimes forget it's fiction.
I am not a baseball fan. But I am from Arkansas and have been to Calico Rock. John Grisham is truly a great story teller, teaching me baseball in a way that I can appreciate the cryptic lore of statistics and sliders and curve balls. He salts his story with just enough hints in the beginning of the story and then with flashbacks and twists in the tale he leads me on another fun journey. Loved it.
I found the story boring. Not much character development except Warren Tracy a character no one could like. I am a Grisham fan so I finished listening in hopes for some Drama but this is a story about life with no surprises.
A book that every listener should have their male offspring read. Explains the true meaning of life and how to live it. A great short novel.
Love to listen!
Loved all of this. Buy it, listen. Even if you could care less about baseball, this is an amazing story with excellent narration.
Say something about yourself!
I would only recommend this book to another baseball fan. A good amount of the book details specific plays during many different baseball games during the 1973 season. While listening, I could picture what was happening on the field. That was very enjoyable.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the bond between Warren Tracey and Joe Castle. The least interesting aspect of the story was how generic and typical Warren Tracey's character was.
I think he did a decent job. The characters who live in the south obviously had southern accents to differentiate. But the rest of the characters sounded similar.
I could see it being made into a movie. There are a few scenes that would really translate well into film. If Charlie Sheen was a little younger, he would fit the role of Warren Tracey perfectly.
I thought the book was predictable, but I was still happy with the ending.
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