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- By: Simon Rich
- Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Beck Bennett
- Length: 39 mins
- Original Recording
Before he was “Babe” or “The Sultan of Swat” or “The Great Bambino”, George Herman Ruth was just another teenage misfit at St. Mary’s School for Boys. But Ruth has something the other boys don’t, and when Baltimore Orioles manager Jack Dunn watches him throw a baseball over a building, Ruth gets the chance to punch his ticket out of the orphanage. All he has to do now is make the team.
Why did I spend an Original credit for this?
- By Amanda M. Rials on 07-21-19
A poor man’s “You Know Me, Al”
A humorous at times tall tale that pales in comparison to anything by Ring Lardner. If you are looking for good baseball fiction, go straight to Ring.
A Season in Time
- Super Mario, Killer, St. Patrick, the Great One, and the Unforgettable 1992-93 NHL Season
- By: Todd Denault
- Narrated by: Ken Maxon
- Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
Twenty years after the fact, the mere mention of the 1992-93 NHL season brings back vivid memories for hockey fans across North America. The last time that the Montreal Canadiens hoisted the Stanley Cup, Wayne Gretzky's last appearance in a playoff final, and Mario Lemieux's most inspirational season, these years are rightly considered some of the greatest in NHL history. Now, in A Season in Time, acclaimed hockey writer Todd Denault looks back to those heady days.
- By steve on 04-22-14
Story is OK if you can get past the narrator
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Todd Denault does a fine job of recreating a memorable NHL season. It was a good reminder of how the game was played by some of its greatest stars.
Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Maxon’s performances?
The narrator needed to do his homework on how to pronounce names of the key players. It's clear he didn't even try. Miss a name here or there, OK. But every name? Some names had multiple mispronounciations over the course of the book. He even pronounced a ".500" record" as "point 5-0-0 record." This performance ruined any possible enjoyment of this book and is an insult to fans and the author.
Was A Season in Time worth the listening time?
It could have been with a narrator who cared to do a passable job with the text.
- The Final Pitch
- By: Jim Bouton
- Narrated by: Jim Bouton
- Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.
Three Ten Year Updates Give Bouton a 5th Star
- By Byron on 08-09-12
Author's reading provides new insight into classic
What did you love best about Ball Four?
I've read "Ball Four" many times over the years from my first reading at age 15 until today at 49. I've enjoyed it each time. It's an inside look at a place most baseball fans don't get to see — the clubhouse. And as the game has evolved, it's now a place that no one will ever see again. I've passed the book along to my son and nephews, who all enjoyed it as well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jim Bouton. He offers insight into the life of a ballplayer, but also the life of someone trying to support and raise a young family. This is a story about life.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Bouton?
Yes, if it were written by him. Bouton cracks himself up with some of the stories he wrote and he cries when he remembers the death of his daughter. As he writes, fans of Ball Four have become family, and he lets us into his life and shares the good times and bad. He's not a professional, but that's the beauty of this reading. It's his life and no one else but him can tell it as he has here. Thanks, Jim.
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