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5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s a great story about people who have accepted their disabilities and ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
BEEP provides an extraordinary trip through the sport of baseball for the blind, its background and its inside stories. What makes this book special is that it also provides and extra story within, the story of the author’s personnel background that caused him to write this story and the support he received as he went through the process. It’s not just a sports book. It’s a great story about people who have accepted their disabilities and challenges and overcame them. 5 Stars!
5.0 out of 5 starsHe loved it for the strong baseball flavor
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2018
My husband goes to baseball games with a scorebook. I go with my Kindle. I bought this book for him. He loved it for the strong baseball flavor. I loved it for the people in it, and for the amazing writing. In Beep, we get to know the author himself, a kid infatuated with baseball who “even in my pretend world, pretty often whiffed,” who had to give up on being a player, but who “felt the old childhood single-mindedness again” in Beep Baseball for the blind. We see him putting on a blindfold himself and struggling to play. We get to know some of the players, why they are blind, how they deal with blindness, and how Beep Baseball gives them an experience of “feeling normal” on the field. We follow the teams in colorful baseball detail. “I … felt the stirrings of die-hard fandom without feeling dirty or corporatized like I do when I watch pro sports now, “ Wanczyk writes. “I could know these players personally instead of just hearing jaded beat writers talk about athletic prima donnas,… no men in grey suits on ESPN -2 draining the joy out of the game.” And gradually, the reader gets caught up into the game too. Implicitly, the book addresses how and why an activity acquires meaning, even becomes an obsession. Beep Baseball? Who cares about that? Wanczyk cares, and now I do, too.
5.0 out of 5 starsWanczyk's take on Beep Baseball is an inspiring way to think about sports!
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind is one of the most compelling and raw books I have read. It shows an entirely different viewpoint on one of the most traditional sports in America, Baseball, proving that disabilities to not have to be inabilities. The author, David Wanczyk, tells the story of several blind athletes and their lives on and off the baseball diamond. Reading this novel gave me a new perspective on sports and their ability to change a person’s life. In the novel Beep, the goal is not just to win or to be the best. The goal is to triumph over disability while also enjoying a competitive game of baseball.
5.0 out of 5 starsWanczyk creates a new meaning for competition in an insightful look at what Beep Baseball is.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2019
Beep is one of the most heart-wrenching and insightful books I have ever read about sports. Wanczyk takes a deep look at what a sport might look like for the disabled, which is something not many people would begin to think about. Many people know absolutely nothing about these visually impaired players who simply just want to feel the spirit of competition- therefore Wanczyk builds the story from the ground up. He kept me engaged in the story, and allowed me to become fully absorbed into what life itself is like for the visually impaired. Beep creates a new meaning for competition, and allows the reader to see how a sport can truly change a life.
You might measure the value of any book by whether it creates a world you can fully enter. This one does. In “Beep,” Wanczyk brings to life the myriad personalities drawn to this unique sport for the blind, and what prevails is the humor, the humanity, the camaraderie, and the love of competition. This is a baseball book, but like all the good ones, it is also something much bigger and more.
Don’t be surprised if after reading the last page, you find yourself Googling who took the World Series this year: Austin, Indy, Taiwan…
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book offers a nuanced and gripping account of BEEP ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
This book offers a nuanced and gripping account of BEEP baseball, a sport most readers will be learning about for the first time. From the players' origin stories, to the invention of the ball, to the underlying tension between BEEP being a feel-good activity vs. a real sport with grit -- Wanczyk successfully brings us along on his insider/outsider journey. He asks important questions about the term "disability," and reminds us how loving a sport wholeheartedly can inform the rest of one's life.
5.0 out of 5 starsFrom start to end a very entertaining fun read for everyone
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
A lighthearted,sometimes serious look at baseball adapted for the visually impaired. A glimpse into the lives of some of the athletes, and their teams. From start to end a very entertaining fun read for everyone !
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book is an insightful, empathetic look at a ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
This book is an insightful, empathetic look at a group of people many know nothing about. The writing heartfelt and David has clearly spent the necessary time to understand his subject. A must-read for anyone who likes books about sports and/or people.