Ian Eugene Ryan delivers a perfect performance of the audiobook A Magic Summer: The Amazin' Story of the 1969 New York Mets. In a stunningly delicate balance between recaps of games and interviews with players, coaches, and managers author Stanley Choen makes of the finest tributes to one of the finest seasons of baseball ever played.
In a year filled with the brilliance of the moon landing and the majestic wildness of Woodstock , the New York Mets still managed to captivate the spirit of the country. This look at the Mets season of '69 is a must-listen for any fan of the American pastime.
A Magic Summer tells of that remarkable season by chronicling the major events as viewed twenty years later. Interviews conducted twenty years after with members of the team - Seaver, Ryan, McGraw, and others - provide immediacy and, with that, fascinating updates and insights. This is a unique record and celebration of a season that Mets fans - and all baseball fans - will not soon forget.
©2009 Stanley Cohen (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The story of the "Miracle Mets" of 1969 is a baseball classic. But a book like this will probably only be read by die-hard Mets fans. And as such it is unforgivably distracting to listen to this book and hear the constant uncorrected mistakes made by the reader when pronouncing the names of key figures in this story.
The legendary Dodger lefthander was not Sandy "KOO-fax"
The Cubs manager was not Leo "Der-oh-SHAY"
Future Met 2nd Baseman Felix was not "Millin"
The Centerfielder who Made the Extraordinary Catch was not Tommy "AJJ-ee"
It was someone's job (the producer, the director, the narrator himself) to make sure that names were being pronounced correctly. It's not that difficult. Just takes a little bit of research or a sit-down with anyone who knows about the team.
I wanted to escape into the world of the 1969 Mets when reading this book. It was hard to do with all the mispronunciations.
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