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  • 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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 57
  • 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 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

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
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

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
Performance
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.

  • The Long Ball

  • The Summer of '75 and the Greatest World Series Ever Played
  • By: Tom Adelman
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Critically acclaimed writer Tom Adelman is hailed as a renegade by the Village Voice Literary Supplement for his aggressive, no-holds-barred style. The Long Ball is his dynamic re-telling of baseball's thrilling 1975 season.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste Of A Wonderful Year

  • By Barton on 09-24-04

1975 Baseball Season and Carlton Fisk

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

"Long Ball" is a terrific in-depth account of the exciting 1975 season that culminates with Carlton Fisk's iconic home run in the World Series.

Background stories, by Tom Adelman, about Reggie Jackson, Yaz, Catfish Hunter, Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Luis Tiant, and more.

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  • LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

  • By: Phillip F. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The case against Lyndon B. Johnson and his role in Kennedy's assassination has never been sounder. LBJ aims to prove that Vice President Johnson played an active role in the assassination of President Kennedy and that he began planning his takeover of the U.S. presidency even before being named the vice presidential nominee in 1960. Nelson's careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country's history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LBJ plotted to kill JFK? Makes you think...

  • By Karen on 04-03-13

LBJ Orchestrated JFK Murder

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Many people who remember President John Kennedy's 1960 murder blame his Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was facing federal indictment from Robert Kennedy's Justice Department, as well as prison time.

  • Deadly Little Secrets

  • The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Gillian Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outrageous

  • By Jerrilynn on 01-24-15

A Texas Minister Kills His Wife.

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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

A shameful tragedy as a respected minister from conservative Texas murders his wife in exchange for his mistress.

  • The Big Chair

  • The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
  • By: Ned Colletti, Joseph A. Reaves
  • Narrated by: Ned Colletti
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

During his tenure with the Dodgers, Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In The Big Chair (coauthored by Joseph A. Reaves), he lets listeners in on the real GM experience - something no one in the position has ever done before - sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story about a Great Man

  • By Donald on 06-15-18

Nick Colletti Rebuilt the Tarnished Dodger Brand

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This book is similar to other recent biographies of General Managers and owners of successful, albeit previously underperforming baseball franchises, i.e., Bill Veeck in "Veeck the Wreak" (Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox) Theo Epstien in Destiny (Boston Red Sox), and Theo Smith again in the "Cubs Way."

Likewise, Ned Colletti rebuilt the tarnished Dodgers for nine successful years from 2006 to 2015 during the Joe Torre and Don Mattingly Era. Collette revitalized the Dodger post season brand by bringing Clay Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Manny Rameriz, Greg Maddox, Zack Grinke and Yasiel Puig to Los Angeles.

As a former sports writer Collette shares his unbelievable journey with the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and LA Dodgers. Three teams and many memorable post season playoffs resulting in appearing in two World Series:

Narrated by Collette himself as he passionately describes his wonderful career beginning in the front office for the 1984 and 1989 Division winning Chicago Cubs. Collette shares his admiration for MVP awardee Andre Dawson in this time period and it was a favorite passage for me.

Then in 1996 he worked as assistant General Manager for the Barry Bond's San Francisco Giants. His HOF views regarding Bonds are fair minded. In 2006, he took over as General Manager of the fabled Los Angeles Dodgers, where he added Mark McGuire as a successful hitting coach.

Supports lifetime ban on cheaters.

  • Nixon's Secrets

  • By: Roger Stone, Mike Colapietro
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Learn the inside scoop on Watergate, the Ford Pardon, and the 18-minute Gap. Roger Stone, The New York Times best-selling author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, gives the inside scoop on Nixon’s rise and fall in Watergate in his new book Nixon’s Secrets. Stone charts Nixon’s rise from election to Congress in 1946 to the White House in 1968 after his razor-thin loss to John Kennedy in 1960, his disastrous campaign for Governor of California in 1962, and the greatest comeback in American Presidential history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Organization is key

  • By Darren Lathen on 02-23-17

The Untold Truth About Nixon.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Brilliant political bio by one of Nixon's personal confidants, author Roger Stone. Learn the secrets of Nixon 's Senatorial career, his relationship as Vice President to Ike, his impeachment following his 49 state reelection landslide.

Most compelling is how Nixon negotiated his pardon by threatening to reveal the cover up the Warren Commission investigation for the JFK assassination.