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The Sportswriter: Frank Bascombe, Book 1 | [Richard Ford]

The Sportswriter: Frank Bascombe, Book 1

In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his modern classic Independence Day.

In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.

©1988 Richard Ford; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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"Powerful....So pliant and persuasive that we are instantly drawn into his story." (The New York Times)
"Among the best realist American writers today." (Publishers Weekly)

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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 03-22-08
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 03-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "wonderful"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. For one, the narration is perfect. My only exposure to Richard Ford was short stories. I liked this book very much and I can say I don't know any other writer who writes like him. He slows down to lay out the history and his philosophy on every character and event. It's like watching someone crack a hardboiled egg and pull off a tiny shell fragment at a time.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Oma Canada 03-04-13
    Oma Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Bold writing: Strong on Character, not Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sportswriter the most enjoyable?

    The author is a bold, clear writer with an ability to paint a great portrait. The narrator was well suited to the task.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with more of a story.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    I thought he seemed genuine.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to understand both as a woman and as a person who values conflict resolution. While the character is strong, the internal conflict slides away into what? A person who seems to drift through his life, with seemingly little consciousness of the potential for transcendence. Frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard cuyahoga falls, OH, USA 06-05-08
    Richard cuyahoga falls, OH, USA 06-05-08
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    "Plodding, overwrought, self-indulgent"

    There are many moments during this 14-plus-hour listen when I found myself wanting to slap the protagonist, the author, the narrator or all three. Richard Ford must hate trees.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Publius Florida Orlando, FL 11-27-12
    Publius Florida Orlando, FL 11-27-12 Member Since 2006

    Fight the Power

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    "Piss Poor Production"
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    Another CD dump. No effort was made to produce this novel for modern audible devices. IF I HAD WANTED THIS AS A SERIES OF CDs, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT ON CDs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Brighton, MI, USA 06-10-08
    Greg Brighton, MI, USA 06-10-08
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    "The best part of The Sportswriter"

    The best part was that it finally ended. I kept telling myself that it would eventually become good, or at least interesting. But alas, it just finally ended. I can't believe there's two more books with this lead character. I can believe I won't be listening to them. BTW, nice job by the narrator though.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Maricopa, AZ, USA 08-30-08
    Barbara Maricopa, AZ, USA 08-30-08
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    "Boring, horrible book"

    I kept listening thinking it would get better, but it doesn't. He jumps all over the place. I hated the characters, all of them. His "X" was stupid, his girlfriend, dumb. Walter was weird and needed to be slapped and The Sports Writer himself needed to be shot to put him out of everyone's misery. Don't waste your money.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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