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Calico Joe Audiobook

Calico Joe

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    S. Mahowald 05-21-12
    S. Mahowald 05-21-12
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    "A really good read"

    So different from the earlier Grisham books - but a very good story told and performed very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 12-27-15
    Frank 12-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Read"

    This is certainly one if Grisham's best books. Extraordinarily well done in the plot, the characters and the subject matter. It is meaningful and highly entertaining,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 10-18-15
    Paul 10-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Engaging"
    What would have made Calico Joe better?

    The characters were very simplistic and not believable. More depth to the plot and characters could have made the book better.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    Simplistic characters and plot.I like other Grisham books, but really did not like this one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Singer’s performances?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Midlothian, VA, USA 09-21-15
    Janet Midlothian, VA, USA 09-21-15 Member Since 2005
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    "A little sappy but still enjoyable"

    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.

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    DRenfroe 09-08-15
    DRenfroe 09-08-15
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    "Baseball lore for non baseball fans"

    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.

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    Lori 07-29-15
    Lori 07-29-15
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    "Great story of forgiveness"

    This was a quick and enjoyable read. I wish the book could have been a little longer because the development of Joe Castle was so thrilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Coleman 07-20-15
    C. Coleman 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not For Me"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, United States 04-01-15
    ROBERT PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The best"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SusanB45LK 03-14-15
    SusanB45LK 03-14-15 Member Since 2016

    Love to listen!

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    "Incredible Story, Awesome Narration"

    Loved all of this. Buy it, listen. Even if you could care less about baseball, this is an amazing story with excellent narration.

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    Josh NJ 11-13-14
    Josh NJ 11-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A solid read for baseball fans"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Did Erik Singer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Could you see Calico Joe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was predictable, but I was still happy with the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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