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Judy

Poughkeepsie, NY USA
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  • The Closer

  • By: Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer

  • By Brock on 05-08-14

Obviously a book for Rivera Fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-14

What did you love best about The Closer?

Mostly the detailed account of Rivera's life before he made it to the major leagues.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Closer?

There were so many memorable moments. His early struggles which he learned to put behind him to become the greatest closer of all time

Which scene was your favorite?

When he first arrived in Tampa, not knowing a word of English. He had never heard of Hank Aaron. This very young, uneducated boy. He befriended a teammate who wanted to learn Spanish and so they each taught their native languages to each other.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes. I had trouble putting it down. Mariano Rivera is my favorite all time baseball player; I can never get enough of him.

Any additional comments?

I think Michael Kay did an excellent job of reading this book. He knows Mariano very well, and I'm sure that helped. On a personal note, baseball games will never be as much fun for me now that Mo has retired. He was such an incredible athlete and a joy to watch. He will be missed on the Yankee Stadium mound for years to come.

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  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,340

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, but not for the obvious reason

  • By John M on 07-21-10

Nothing like the movie.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-14

Would you listen to Jaws again? Why?

Maybe. I found it fascinating in a macabre sort of way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jaws?

Hooper in the shark cage

Which character – as performed by Erik Steele – was your favorite?

Quint

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stay out of the water!

Any additional comments?

I thought the affair between Ellen and Hooper unnecessary to the story line, as was the Mayor's involvement with the Mafia. I saw no point to either of these sections. But for the most part, I really enjoyed the book. It was really scary at time, and as a rule, I don't lie scary books, but it certainly held my attention. I'm going to have nightmares tonight. :(

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  • Mookie

  • Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets
  • By: Mookie Wilson, Erik Sherman, Keith Hernandez (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Ruffin Prentiss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

They said it was the "Curse of the Bambino". They said "the bad guys won". Now one of baseball’s all-time good guys, New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson, tells his side of the story - from the ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs that capped the miraculous 1986 World Series Game Six rally against the Boston Red Sox to the rise and fall of a team that boasted such outsize personalities as Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Lenny Dykstra, and Davey Johnson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Mookie fans only

  • By Judy on 05-10-14

For Mookie fans only

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-14

What did you like best about Mookie? What did you like least?

Being a huge fan of Mookie, I loved the parts about his early life and enjoyed his recounting much of the 1986 season and post season. What I didn't like as well was his complaining about how he was treated by the Mets. Not that I disagree with him. I think the Mets management treated him really shabbily, But it sounded too much like whining to me. I still don't know why the management tore apart the fabulous 1986 Mets team, and apparently Mookie doesn't either. That team could have been a dynasty if they had just left it as it was. I could have done without the last chapter, wherein Mookie describes his Christian beliefs and becoming a Minister at his church. But that is just my personal opinion. I would have preferred to hear only about Mookie the baseball player.

If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

N/A

Which character – as performed by Ruffin Prentiss – was your favorite?

Mookie of course

Do you think Mookie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I believe he's told his story

Any additional comments?

Ruffin Prentiss did a creditable job reading the book. He did mispronounce a few names, in particular Hal Lanier (the manager of the Houston Astros) had the pronunciation of his name butchered at every mention of it.

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