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Publisher's Summary

Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

How do we evaluate the Hit King now, at a time when steroid cheats appear on the Hall of Fame ballot even as Rose is denied? What do we make of this happily unrepentant gambler, this shameless but beguiling showman whose post-baseball journey has led him to a curious reality show and to the streets of Cooperstown to hawk his signature, his story, himself?

Best-selling author Kostya Kennedy delivers an evocative answer in his fascinating re-examination of Pete Rose's life; from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy to the man we find today--still incorrigible, still adored by many. Where has his improbable saga landed him in the redefined, post-steroid world? Do we feel any differently about Pete Rose today? Should we?

©2014 Kostya Kennedy (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport--Liebling, Angell--it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about." (Richard Ford)

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Good book, not so good production.

It would be nice if the producers took the time and effort to pronounce baseball players names correctly.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Worst narrator ever

Would you try another book from Kostya Kennedy and/or Ben Bartolone?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The story's was excellent and appeared to be very well researched giving us a good insight into Pete Rose. Very compelling read.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was horrible. The story was great. The delivery was maddening, scores of mispronounced names. This is unacceptable. He couldn't even pronounce the name of the current commissioner of baseball correctly. Bud Sell'-ig. What a joke.

This greatly detracted from the story. Where did they find this guy? The worst I have ever heard.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, due to the horrible delivery

Any additional comments?

Don't ever use this narrator again. He either doesn't care to take his job seriously or those who should have been checking on him should be fired. I wish I had read this great book instead of fuming over the presentation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ben Bartolone--narrator--is terrible

What did you like best about Pete Rose? What did you like least?

Bartolone ruined this book for me. Consistently mispronounces names. Leo Durocher (Da-row-sher, not Due-row-shay), Maury Wills (wills, not will-is).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narration and Mispronunciation Reduces my Rating

Where does Pete Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a big Pete Rose fan and feel that Mr. Kennedy treated him fairly and objectively.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pete Rose?

Becoming the all time hits leader and leading the Big Red Machine

What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

Very little as he apparently knows nothing about baseball. He totally butchered the names of many of the players names in the story. I can't believe someone didn't listen to this before is it released as it ruins the story for me. He called Bill Mazeroski (for example) Bill
"Mazurksi" to name a few. One of the poorest narration jobs ever and I have listened to approximately 500 + Audible books over the years.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many such moments in the book.

Any additional comments?

Again, good book hurt by poor narration

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • rms171
  • Stamford, CT
  • 06-12-14

Good Story Terrible Narraration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to this book in my car during a daily 2 hour commute. The story itself was enjoyable, but the horrendous narration made remaining engaged in the book very difficult when combined with focusing on the road.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book needs a narrarator with more passion for the story and the ability to pronounce names. From Durocher to Selig to Oester, it was awful how many times names were botched. It truly drowned out a reasonably entertaining book.

How could the performance have been better?

See my comments on the story. The narration ruined this book.

Was Pete Rose worth the listening time?

If but for the narration, yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States
  • 03-25-14

Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great athlete with a great flaw

What did you like best about this story?

This was a great back story and a great current story of Pete Rose

What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

It is really grating in books about sports when the narrator mispronounces pretty famous names. For instance, the narrator calls Leo Durocher (correctly pronounced Doo-ro-sher) Doo-Rosh-Shay. It is not french. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the producer. There are numerous mispronunciations of names. Not the first time in a sports book, and certainly won't be the last.

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

Yes- It is a quick read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wanted to listen, but narrator makes it impossible

I just couldn’t get through this. I tried. I listened to two hours and had to turn it off. I gave the story 3 stars, doing my best to rate what I heard, independent of the narration problems. But the performance is just bad, completely ruining it for me. Basic baseball names completely butchered, unnatural pauses and odd emphases. Sounds like he hasn’t done many audiobooks. As a narrator myself, I’m shocked the rights holder/publisher approved this performance.

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great book, easy listening, entertaining, A+++++

great reading and overall entertaining story, would recommend to any baseball fan, very informative and easy to follow, good job guys!

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 02-07-15

Interesting Bio

I am not a huge Pete Rose fan, but I enjoyed the story. It was mainly biographical, but it did touch on the question of whether his permanent ban was too harsh. I found his story interesting, as he is a character.

Regarding the gambling issue, I don't like that his story changed and he made excuses. Still, I think his punishment was too harsh. It is up to the fans whether they want to see him again or not in my opinion. I also think he should have gotten a shot on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. After all, his gambling didn't change his ability to play the game like the steroid users. There was a good argument made that I hadn't thought of; on nights he didn't bet on his team, did he have inside information? And did his failure to bet signal others not to bet? Interesting issue but I come down on the side of evaluating for what he did on the field and for the fans.

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  • Gavin
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA
  • 12-02-14

TERRIBLE barration!!

Would you try another book from Kostya Kennedy and/or Ben Bartolone?

The narrator's voice isn't bad but his rhythm is horrendous. Narration should always include homework on the proper pronunciation of the baseball players names. However the author seems to have few problems with sentence structure and flow of the story. It is fine to jump back and forth between past and present but is should be done selectively and/pr structurally. In addition the issues in Rose's life.are jumping all over the place without such structure and seem to be jumbled. Also These issues affected my overall enjoyment of the listening experience however I did rate the story as 5* because I like the Pete Rose story and the detail of such. Fortunately I am a fan of Pete Rose and therefore am familiar with the story other wise I do not think I could have gotten through the book relative to the issues stated above.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Bartolone?

In a perfect world I would have liked to hear Bronson Pinchot

Was Pete Rose worth the listening time?

In retrospect...it is 10.5 hrs I will never get back

Any additional comments?

It is unlikely I will ever purchase another book by the author but would be willing to try the narrator again if he learns the art of narration. As previously stated I believe he has a good voice for certain types of books