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Publisher's Summary

A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball….

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?

It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

In the summer of 1973, Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever….

In John Grisham’s new novel, the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.

©2012 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Excellent listen for baseball fans

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Grisham is an excellent storyteller, and as a baseball fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the backdrop in which the story takes place. Very entertaining.

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Nice sweet story

If you could sum up Calico Joe in three words, what would they be?

Easy read, fun, inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

The spirit of Joe

Have you listened to any of Erik Singer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time listening to Singer. He made the book come to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

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  • Janet
  • Grants Pass, OR, United States
  • 05-07-12

Grisham just doesn't disappoint

In the usual stellar writing style of Grisham, Calico Joe will grab you right away, keep you listening for hours, and leave you wishing for more. You certainly don't have to be a baseball fan to love this book, but if you are, you'll especially enjoy it. I have never been disappointed by a Grisham book. As always, I'm already looking forward to his next one.

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greatest story in along time sports fan or not

What made the experience of listening to Calico Joe the most enjoyable?

it keeps you interested all through the book

What did you like best about this story?

the ending

Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

joe

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

yes, my wife and i listened to it on are way to cape cod

Any additional comments?

would recommend this bonk to young and old and sports fans or not

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  • Mary
  • United States
  • 05-07-12

Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who wants to listen to hours of baseball game replays

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Not for a while

Any additional comments?

My mistake was in not reading more carefully before buying the book. This will not happen again.

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A fast read - good for baseball fans.

What did you love best about Calico Joe?

Even though this is more about relationships than baseball, it is baseball that forms the setting for the story. If you like baseball literature, you have to give this one a listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Have you listened to any of Erik Singer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

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Any additional comments?

The story is quite a sentamental one - but when finished, I couldn't help but like it. Worth a read!

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  • Joe
  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States
  • 05-07-12

Another great book from Grisham.

Would you listen to Calico Joe again? Why?

The intensity of the story.

What other book might you compare Calico Joe to and why?

Any Grisham book. His style is excellent.

Have you listened to any of Erik Singer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Outstanding as usual.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Keep the audio books coming.

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  • Arthur
  • CA, CA, United States
  • 05-07-12

Good Story

What did you love best about Calico Joe?

A bit predictable however I still enjoyed the story. Very interesting relationship between the son and his father.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Calico Joe?

The Baseball games where Joe did his magic.

Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

The son

If you could take any character from Calico Joe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Joe, he was an old school baseball player who played the game hard and aggressive, it would be interesting to listen to his experiences.

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Good read -- even for a non-baseball fan!

Would you consider the audio edition of Calico Joe to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but, as a non-baseball-addict, I would not have enjoyed wading through all of the baseball facts had I tried to read it. I would have done it, but would not have been able to deal with it as gracefully as Erik Singer, the reader, did!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the main character most. In general I like Grisham's main characters. Grisham makes them likeable and realistic.

What does Erik Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have listened to Erik Singer many times and he does a superb job. He uses color and inflection for the different characters without over-doing the dramatization. His performance enhances the the book.

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

I listened to it in about 2 days so I didn't miss by much! I was definitely hooked once I got started!

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  • A.Raymond
  • Albany, Oregon, United States
  • 05-07-12

Good Story from a great storyteller!

Would you consider the audio edition of Calico Joe to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Calico Joe?

Meeting of Joe and Warren

What does Erik Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Did not read the book so cannot compare

If you could take any character from Calico Joe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Newspaper Editor

Any additional comments?

No