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  • Alligator Candy

  • A Memoir
  • By: David Kushner
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. It was when kids still ran free, riding bikes and disappearing into the nearby woods for hours at a time. One morning in 1973, however, everything changed. David's older brother Jon biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Cjf on 09-18-16

Five Stars

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

This was a personal story for me as well. I grew up on the other side of Carrollwood from the Kushner family, I was 8 years old when Jonathan disappeared. I did not go trick or treating that Halloween. I am glad David did. All of us heard the stories of the arrows and of the jars. I did not know Jonathan or the Kushner family, but I never forgot them.

"Enjoy" does not seem to be the appropriate word to use, but David's writing brought a smile to my face with the shared memories from my childhood: Shakey's Pizza, kumquat chucking, paper trees, and the Rowdies. His research and openness to share cleared up the rumors, answered lingering questions about the murder, but more importantly, raised even deeper societal questions. Well done, David, You did all of your family proud.

I would recommend this book to anyone even those not familiar with the case.Bronson Pinchot did a phenomenal job with his narration.

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  • The Celebrant

  • By: Eric Rolfe Greenberg
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Eric Rolfe Greenberg brilliantly and authentically chronicles the real-life saga of the first national baseball hero, Christy Mathewson, and the fictional story of a Jewish immigrant family of jewelers. In this audio, Mathewson and other great players like John McGraw, Honus Wagner, and Connie Mack discover the realities behind the shining illusions: the burdens of being a hero and the temptations that taint success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow moving, great attempt at a good book

  • By Josh on 08-02-18

For any fan of baseball history

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

An excellent work of baseball fiction that weaves in true accounts of Christy Matheson's first no-hitter in 1901, the Giants' pennant and World Series snub of 1904, the crazy finish in 1908, the 1912 Series, and climaxing with the Black Sox Series of 1919. Bronson Pinchot is a wonderful narrator, though he did mispronounced the names of Eddie Cicotte and Napoleon Lajoie. A+

  • The Extra 2%

  • How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
  • By: Jonah Keri
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book isn't sure what it wants to be

  • By Buster on 05-15-15

Informative Story, but Narration Was Lacking

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

I enjoy Mr. Keri's writing, but frequently, the narrator mispronounced common baseball names, like Tom Glavine (he pronounced it Gla-VINE). Though the performance was good, these errors took away from my enjoyment as the narrator did not know the subject matter. Looking forward to Mr. Keri's upcoming book on the Montreal Expos, but please have a baseball fan narrate the audio book!

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