W. P. Kinsella's surreal tale of man against fate revisits the famous Iowa baseball diamond from Shoeless Joe. Through an uncanny twist of fate, unemployed journalist Joe McCoy finds himself on the run from the FBI. Returning to his native Iowa, McCoy looks for help from two of Kinsella's most beloved characters: the time traveling Gideon Clarke and farmer Ray Kinsella, still hosting long-dead legends on his cornfield baseball diamond. If anyone can help McCoy undo his mistakes it’s these two. Performer Corey Snow effortlessly glides between McCoy's nervous quiver and Ray Kinsella's deep smoky drawl. With his uncanny ability to highlight each character's unique voice, one might well mistake Snow for multiple actors.
In the tradition of his best-selling Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella has created another literary baseball classic. A warm tale of magic, humor and the power of a second chance, its hero is Joe McCoy, an unemployed newspaper writer who by some bizarre circumstances is now a fugitive from the FBI. There's only one thing left for Joe to do - go home to Iowa and tell his story to the only two men who just might believe it - Shoeless Joe's Ray Kinsella and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy's Gideon Clarke. This pair, Joe has heard, know a thing or two about inexplicable events.
Funny, fantastical, and as wonderfully crafted as Shoeless Joe, If Wishes Were Horses is another Literary Hall of Famer.
No one writes about the mystery of life, love and baseball the way W.P. Kinsella does. While this book does not have the majesty of The Iowa Baseball Confederacy or When Shoeless Joe Came to Iowa, it is a lovely story about finding the life we are all truly meant to live.
Narrator Corey Snow made this audiobook seem as if an old friend was sitting there telling you a story. Of course, W.P. Kinsella gave him a lot to work with. Although this book is not as baseball centric as his other works (Shoeless Joe, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, and The Adventures of Slugger McBatt), it still enough baseball in it to keep fan happy. And, of course, there is the time travel storyline that is central to Kinsella books. All in all, a good story and a great narration makes this a worthwhile listen.