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The Youngest Hero Audiobook

The Youngest Hero

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Publisher's Summary

Jerry B. Jenkins, the author of Hometown Legend and co-author of the Left Behind series, returns with the story of a boy who has been bestowed a gift that presents the challenge of a lifetime, and of the mother determined to help him become The Youngest Hero.

Miriam Woodell realizes that the man she married, though charming and athletic, is gripped by a dangerous darkness. She has no choice but to save herself and Elgin, her young son - leaving rural Mississippi for the big, cold city of Chicago.

Strong and resolute, Miriam struggles to survive. Meanwhile, Elgin pursues a seemingly impossible dream. Fueled by the lessons his father taught him, he plays ball on the concrete streets and even sets up a batting cage in the basement, using a decrepit, malfunctioning pitching machine to teach himself to hit.

By spring, Elgin is ready to find a team. By the end of the summer, everyone will be talking about the 11-year-old who plays baseball like a high school star - a prodigy on his way to greatness, despite staggering odds.

Yet Elgin must still come to terms with his father, whose life has reached a dead end. With a new man entering Miriam's life and scouts wooing Elgin, mother and son must learn painful lessons about themselves, each other, and the people they are forced to trust.

©2002 Jerry B. Jenkins, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Baseball fans will gladly stick with the story until the final inning." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Robert ypsilanti, MI, USA 09-19-06
    Robert ypsilanti, MI, USA 09-19-06
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    "dissapointed"

    A word of caution to all of the fans of Jerry's many Christian books: this is not one of them. The characters are engaging and the writing keeps you moving, but I kept waiting for the spiritual side of their lives to come forth. It never did.
    Perhaps this had to do with this book being published by Time Warner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy United States 08-07-12
    Amy United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found the plot lacking and very stereotypical in a way of a Christian style love story and plot...in a way. Not my favorite one and am usually impressed with this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rikki Minchinbury, Australia 04-09-12
    Rikki Minchinbury, Australia 04-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "a little awkward but brilliant story"
    Would you listen to The Youngest Hero again? Why?

    I bought this audio book as I am a total fan of the book. I must have read it at least 10 times. It has been so easy to listen to this on audio as ive been working and walking and playing games, so i will most likely listen to it again because i love the story so much and listening is so much more effortless than reading!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are a little too flawless to be realistic but thats part of the charm of the story. Elgin with a too perfect tallent, and his mum with a too perfect dedication to providing for her son dispite her humble circumstances. These characters just restore my hope in the world.


    What didn’t you like about Laurie O'Brien and Jack Sondericker ’s performance?

    I think the readers were a little too old to suit the voices of the characters and a little too stiff.
    The music that came in during dramatic moments was rather awkward and annoying. It was usually cheesy and just took away from the natural development of the scenes rather than adding to them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The books had me in tears the first couple of times I read it, and left me feeling elated and baseball hungry by the end.
    the more I've read the book the less i have these reactions and the more critical i have become of the way some parts have been writen but it is still a beautiful story which has you cheering for the characters and feeling their joys and pains.


    Any additional comments?

    this is worth listening to just for the brilliant story - though, i would suggest that a better option if you don't mind picking up the hard copy, would be to read it for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Guntown, MS, USA 06-28-06
    Larry Guntown, MS, USA 06-28-06
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    "Great Book"

    The only negative thing I would say about this audio book is I just could not make myself stop listening. It was interesting from the very start until the very end. Great book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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