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Playing for Pizza Audiobook
Playing for Pizza
Written by: 
John Grisham
Narrated by: 
Christopher Evan Welch
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Playing for Pizza Audiobook

Playing for Pizza: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback: for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player, any former NFL player, at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers, at least until a better offer comes along, and he heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, not even where it is, has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

©2007 Belfrey Holdings Inc; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    DBW Atlanta, GA USA 04-27-13
    DBW Atlanta, GA USA 04-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Love this Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Playing for Pizza to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Both are very good. I like the way the narrator brings Welch to life. Just right!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franco. He's funny and devoted.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first.


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

    It's not really that kind of book. There are some emotional bits, but mostly it's entertaining, uplifting, and funny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to love football to enjoy this book. Short and sweet!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Glenview, IL, USA 04-16-10
    Michael Glenview, IL, USA 04-16-10
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    "Playing for Pizza"

    Not your typical Grisham book! Good, Funny and makes you want to go to Italy for not only the food but for the football...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 12-09-08
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 12-09-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Casual fun"

    Not a timeless classic by any means, but a nice break from my usual reading material (and welcome after a stinker of an audiobook)

    Not relevatory, but for someone who knows football, or has travelled in Italy (or wants to) an entertaining short read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Bloomington, MN, USA 04-04-08
    Mary Bloomington, MN, USA 04-04-08
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    "Playing for Pizza"

    This book was light and very entertaining. Might not be as enjoyable if you don't know the basics of professional football.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory L. Harsell 03-15-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Playing for Pizza was tasty"

    John Grisham makes a great come back with this book. It has a few twist to keep you interested, and it isn't predictable as his lawyer stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 11-08-07
    Joseph 11-08-07 Member Since 2013
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    "delightful"

    This book just makes you feel good. The character are great, he describes Italy and its people to the tee and tells a story in a way that makes you want to experience it first hand. Grisham continues to create works of art. I am sure this will hit the big screen. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sawyer Monrovia, CA 10-16-07
    R. Sawyer Monrovia, CA 10-16-07 Member Since 2014

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    "Peasanty Surprised"

    I am not a fan of John Grisham. This book looked good to me in spite of that and I ended up enjoying it immensely. While it did have the trademark character out of nowhere that really had no place in the story which always drives me crazy, I found this book to be really quite enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 10-08-07
    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 10-08-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Very disappointing"

    I'm a big fan of John Grisham and although he writes popular fiction, when he's on top of his game I consider him to be a great American writer, worthy of study in any literature class. So imagine my disappointment in finding that here he's written a passably entertaining book about a passably talented football player, with a "story" (a generous use of the term) that ended predictably. In addition, the main character's world is inhabited by a group of stereotypical characters doing ... well ... stereotypical and predictable things. The only surprise here was my ultimate disappointment in an author who has never disappointed me before.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-24-07
    Molly Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-24-07
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    "Audience Unknown"

    I'm not quite sure who this book would appeal to. If you took out the play-by-play football passages, it would likely be half the length. Perhaps football fans enjoy these game play descriptions, but I doubt it, and can't think why anyone else would. It was a light yarn, with very little story or serious considerations. I kept expecting something to happen, but nothing ever did. The narrator was good, however while I initially thought that his Italian place name pronounciations sounded authentic, when he pronounced the Canadian places incorrectly I began to have doubts. If he pronounces Regina as Regeena, who knows about the Italian.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Rosemount, MN, USA 11-19-07
    Frank Rosemount, MN, USA 11-19-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Basic Frozen Pizza!!!"

    Playing for pizza was the most basic pizza I've ever eaten...no pepperoni, no cheese, no sauce, come to think of it, the crust wasn't even memorable! I left this book feeling like I came, I saw, I ate pizza crust, I went home. No surprises, shallow plot, not much in the way of character development. The best thing about it was the narration. As I was wading through the audible, I kept thinking to myself...ok, ok, ok...now something is going to happen. Only it never did!! If you have an extra 6 hours in your life that you want to waste, this book accomplishes just that. I didn't hate it, just nothing happened to excite me or intrigue me. A disaapointment to say the least!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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