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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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    "Pretty darn enteraining"

    It was a pleasant, feel good read.

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    Amazon Customer 08-31-08 Member Since 2015

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    "Will Leave You Hungry"

    I really enjoyed this story. Lots of fun, interesting characters. The descriptions of the food made you want to travel to Italy and spend long hours eating and drinking. Not sure if this is a story doubling as a travelguide or a travelguide with a good story.

    If you love football, love food, and are looking for a light story this is a good one.

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    ALN 08-14-08
    ALN 08-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story! Even if football isn't your thing..."

    I've never been big on football, but now I am! JG did a phenomenal job with this novel. The scenery, the character development, the plot...I felt like I was there in Parma. I've read the book and listened to the audiobook twice each now and love it even more. This one is worth it!

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    Larry Gulf Shores, AL, USA 07-21-08
    Larry Gulf Shores, AL, USA 07-21-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Entertaining"

    Not like what we have come to expect from Gresham, however, it's light and entertaining. Sports fans with love it. This book has good description of the events in Italy and a good love afair too.

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    "Enjoyable"

    This book is a slow beginning but picks up a little later on. The book itself didn't capture my interest as I thought it would.

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    Bonnie 03-17-08
    Bonnie 03-17-08
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    "Disappointing"

    My husband and I were very disppointed in this book. It is not up to the standard that we've grown to expect from John Grisham. Filled with bad language and illicit sex, this book has no good story line. We would give it no stars, but since one star is the lowest, that's what we gave.

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    Richard Salem, OR, USA 01-14-08
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    I enjoyed 'Playing for Pizza' so much that I completed it in only 2 settings. The book is about two of my favorite things: Italy and sports. I recommend the book to anyone that loves either of them.

    Get the book and have a great read!
    rmb

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    Michael R. Forster Orlando, FL United States 12-30-07
    Michael R. Forster Orlando, FL United States 12-30-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this book from the beginning to end. Not a Grisham thriller, but very entertaining and enjoyable listen.

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    Sue Oak Ridge, TN, USA 12-09-07
    Sue Oak Ridge, TN, USA 12-09-07
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    "Boring"

    I've loved John Grisham for years, but I found this one boring. Way too many football details and then no resolution to the story. I kept wanting to fast forward until something happened.

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    Doug WOODBRIDGE, VA, USA 11-15-07
    Doug WOODBRIDGE, VA, USA 11-15-07
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    "GREAT AUTHOR, BUT"

    FEELS LIKE ITS NOT COMPLETE

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