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  • The October Heroes

  • Great World Series Games Remembered by the Men Who Played Them
  • By: Donald Honig
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

As Donald Honig points out in his introduction, "Every World Series in itself is a tale with beginning, middle, and end, and because there must be a winner, there must be a hero." Tales of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays are related by the star players who knew them. Those players recall vivid moments from their World Series games, stretching from 1912 to 1974.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yesteryear's World Series Heroes

  • By Matthew Tsien on 12-15-18

Yesteryear's World Series Heroes

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Remembering the Babe Ruth Era and October Classic pitching greats Pete Alexander, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson, as well as hitting stars Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson.

Celebrated author of baseball history takes you through the immortal Yankee, Dodgers, and Giants glory years, in addition to the championship tales of the heralded St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Miracle Mets, and the Philadelphia and Oakland Athletics by using personal accounts of players who made a name for themselves in World Series lore.

Special accounts from Pepper Martin, Johnny Podres, Gene Tenace, Eddie Lopat, Tom Seaver, and Jerry Koosman,

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Return of Human Connection Reduces Depression

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

With an epidemic of depression consuming society, this author looks at its causes and societal consequences. He also underscores the need to return human connection to our neighborhoods and culture to reduce the mental health plague.

  • Yogi Berra

  • Eternal Yankee
  • By: Allen Barra
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part comedian, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player in baseball history, with 14 pennants, 10 World Series, and three MVPs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yogi BErra by Allan BArra

  • By Thomas on 05-20-10

Yogi Better Than Bench

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Since the Big Red Machine Era, partisans have insisted Johnny Bench eclipsed the legacy of Yogi Berra as the game's greatest catcher.

Not according to the author, Allen Barra, who proves Berra to be the far more consequential catcher of either Dynasty. Berra is both the incredible team leader, clutch hitter, World Series star, and league leader than Bench.

The author sums this up with a cogent collection of statistics comparing the two great post-season catchers.

  • Eight Men Out

  • The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
  • By: Eliot Asinof
  • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.

  • By Unbreakable Kimmy on 02-06-16

Black Sox Explained with Sorrow and Regret

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Eight baseball players arrived on the national stage to throw the outcome of the 1919 World Series and ruin their lives in baseball history.

The tale is a details painful loss of individual talents, the Joe Jackson Hall of Fame tragedy, and the drama's inevitable implication for ownership rights and player pay as the Babe Ruth era begins.

Never did these eight players realize their on-field desperate actions -- with the underground strangers they bargained away their peace of mind and future -- would be judged so thoroughly in court and by public opinion for decades to come.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Compelling Narrative of True

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Lt. Kendall brings intellectual depth and down to earth understanding of a celebrated career homicide investigator who tried to purge his Colorado town of over 400 evil people.

  • The Last Innocents

  • The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • By: Michael Leahy
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Legendary Dodgers Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Dick Tracewski, and Tommy Davis encapsulated 1960s America: white and black, Jewish and Christian, wealthy and working class, pro-Vietnam and anti-war, golden boy and seasoned veteran. The Last Innocents is a thoughtful, technicolor portrait of these seven players - friends, mentors, confidants, rivals, and allies - and their storied team that offers an intriguing look at a sport and a nation in transition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliving my youth

  • By PJ on 05-24-17

Insights Into the Sixties Dynasty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Loved this engrossing narrative of the many key players in the 1960's Dynastic L.A. Dodgers

  • Walter Johnson

  • Baseball's Big Train
  • By: Henry W. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Ian Esmo
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

To many, Walter Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time. He was a star second to none from the dawn of the game's modern era through the "Golden Age of Sports" of the Roaring Twenties. The playing career of "The Big Train", as the sportswriters called him, spanned the era of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, and Al Simmons. Johnson knew every President from William Howard Taft to Franklin Roosevelt, and was friends with the likes of Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Pitcher of All Time?

  • By David on 04-05-07

The Long Career of Walter "Big Train" Johnson

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This book is about baseball's first great pre WWII power pitcher that won over 400 games, more than the immortals Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Greg Maddox and every other prolific ace pitcher enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Cy Young, who won 511 games was the only pitcher to win more games than the Big Train's 417.

Moreover, Johnson is the all time strike out leader for half a century before the 1980s, 1990s and early 21st Century when Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and five other pitchers surpass his 3,506 -- a record that stood for five decades.

Today Walter Johnson is ranked ninth among all time great strikeout leaders.

Beyond baseball it is interesting to note that the genteel Walter Johnson ran for Congress as a Republican nominee in my old district where a high school is named after him in the Washington suburbs of Maryland.

  • Jackie and Campy

  • The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line
  • By: William C. Kashatus
  • Narrated by: Lamarr Gulley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As star players for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and prior to that as the first black players to be candidates to break professional baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella would seem to be natural allies. But the two men were divided by a rivalry going far beyond the personality differences and petty jealousies of competitive teammates. Behind the bitterness were deep and differing beliefs about the fight for civil rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackie and Campy Take On Brooklyn and Race.

  • By Matthew Tsien on 05-03-18

Jackie and Campy Take On Brooklyn and Race.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Pleasant story of how two All Time Greats in Brooklyn Dodger's history set the tone in the delicate racial integration of baseball and open the door to several other Black players, who quickly became the best stars in the National League: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Robinson.

The narrator reveal the different styles of Robinson and Campy as they represented Black players on white teams before huge white audiences for the first time on the field and also as spokesmen before some of the great New York sports writers, broadcasters, and biracial fans across the nation


Many great moments came from their appearances in six World Series, 1949-1956.

Tragedy would cause the early death of both Black baseball legends and Hall of Famers. Jackie died of heart disease and diabetes, Campanella from wheel-chair-bound paralysis due to an automobile collision.

  • Betrayal in Blue

  • The Shocking Memoir of the Scandal That Rocked the NYPD
  • By: Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr., Ken Eurell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Burl Barer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

NYPD officers Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell knew there were two ways to get rich quick in Brooklyn's Lower East Side. You either became drug dealers, or you robbed drug dealers. They decided to do both. Dowd and Eurell ran the most powerful gang in New York's dangerous 75th Precinct, the crack cocaine capitol of 1980s America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Do not waste your money enriching a felon!

  • By Wayne on 05-27-18

How Bad Cops Happen Everywhere

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Kevin Pierce gives another captivating performance in his sad narrative of how bad cops betray good cops.

  • Luckiest Man

  • The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
  • By: Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes)
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really? Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What an amazing story!

  • By M on 08-13-14

Iron Horse of Baseball

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

"Luckiest Man of the Face of the Earth," is the epic account of Lou Gehrig's 2,000 consecutive games played as a power hitting first baseman who would have netted 500 career home runs had ALS not snuffed out his life so quickly.

The author also reveals inside stories of Gehrig playing with two great Yankee legends from different Eras. Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.