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W. P. Kinsella

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  • Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella

    Shoeless Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale of love and the power of dreams to make people come alive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story, won't be disapointed!"
  • The Iowa Baseball Confederacy | W. P. Kinsella

    The Iowa Baseball Confederacy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Gideon Clarke is a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world, as his father tried before him, that the world-champion Chicago Cubs traveled to Onamata, Iowa, in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against all-stars from the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, an amateur league. The game, which was to be short, pleasant, and the Cubs thought, one-sided, turned into a titanic battle of over 2,000 innings, played mostly in the pouring rain. This game is not on the record books.

  • Thrill of the Grass | W. P. Kinsella

    Thrill of the Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
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    Highlights in this set include "The Night Manny Mota Tied the Record", "The Battery", and "The Thrill of the Grass". In a plot that preceded anything written by Mitch Albom, "The Night Manny Mota Tied the Record" explores the feelings after the death of Yankee catcher Thurmon Munson. Would a hardcore (non-Yankee) baseball fan give his life to save Munson's? "The Battery" takes readers to Santo Domingo where a wizard created in the vein of author Terry Pratchett sees the birth of baseball playing twins.

  • Magic Time | W.P. Kinsella

    Magic Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By W.P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Magic Time is vintage Kinsella. It is a novel of hope and promise and baseball that becomes humorous, enchanting fiction.

  • The Winter Helen Dropped By | W. P. Kinsella

    The Winter Helen Dropped By

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
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    Narrated by young Jamie O'Day, who is beginning to understand that, like his daddy says, "every story is about sex or death, or sometimes both, The Winter Helen Dropped By is a story of growing up, of loss, of laughter and of characters both sexy and dead. Helen is the young, pregnant Indian woman who drops into Jamie's life one freeze-the-balls-off-a-brass-monkey snow-storming night.

    Sybil Peters says: "Tragic and funny"
  • If Wishes Were Horses | W. P. Kinsella

    If Wishes Were Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
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    In the tradition of his best-selling Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella has created another literary baseball classic. A warm tale of magic, humor and the power of a second chance, its hero is Joe McCoy, an unemployed newspaper writer who by some bizarre circumstances is now a fugitive from the FBI. There's only one thing left for Joe to do - go home to Iowa and tell his story to the only two men who just might believe it - Shoeless Joe's Ray Kinsella and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy's Gideon Clarke.

    David C. Isgur says: "Kinsella brings the magic back"
  • Butterfly Winter | W. P. Kinsella

    Butterfly Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
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    Butterfly Winter, W.P. Kinsella's first novel in 15 years, is the story of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins born in the Caribbean country of Courteguay, a lush and enchanted but impoverished enclave on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where time moves at its own pace and reality is open to question. The brothers are destined to play ball in America, and to shape the history of their baseball-crazed homeland. They mature quickly and by the age of 10 they leave home for the Major Leagues.

  • The Adventures of Slugger McBatt | W. P. Kinsella

    The Adventures of Slugger McBatt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    Probably no one uses baseball as metaphor better than Kinsella. The stories in this collection range in tone from zaniness to pathos. It's hard to choose a favorite story: maybe the bizarre "Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated", about a mascot from outer space who really looks like a bird. Or the title story, about childhood innocence violated. Or the touching "Valley of the Schmoon", told by a man who has lost everything without having the faintest idea why.

  • The Dixon Cornbelt League | W. P. Kinsella

    The Dixon Cornbelt League

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
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    Shortstops who run with the wolves, painted eggs that reveal deeply disturbing meanings, long-dead Hall of Famers who miraculously return to the game, an Iowa minor-league town with a secret conspiracy: these are the elements from which W.P. Kinsella weaves nine fabulous stories about the magical world of baseball.

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