Have you ever felt that your presence at a sporting event influenced the result? Are you certain your team could not possibly succeed without you at the game? Do you believe your adherence to a precise routine on game day, whether at the stadium or in your own home, is the key to winning or losing? And if you don't hold to these rituals exactly, do you believe in your heart that your team is doomed?
If you are a sports fan, you know about superstitions, curses, and hexes. The sporting world is littered with these legends. Some, like the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of the Billy Goat, or being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, are well known and documented. More recently, there has been a rising swell of evidence supporting the Madden Curse.
But there are other stories similar to these that have never been told. This is one of those stories. It is the story of a boy named Mark O'Bern.
I absolutely loved this audio version as Mr. Hickey has a most entertaining voice. This is not a boring blah blah reading, his voice is full of character and wonderful inflections. It was a real joy to listen to! A good reading voice really brings the characters to life and makes it a much more exciting adventure.
I happened to see a live performance that Mr. Hickey did a few months ago from his latest book, Morehead. ( which is also very good!) After the reading he was signing books and I
saw The Coaches Son so I bought and read it. But his live performance had been so good so I also bought the audio for the simple fact that he is so much fun to listen to!
The story is well written and honest, about a young boy whose Dad is a professional football coach. The boy, Mark, has a unique and special ability to predict the outcome of games.
It is a warm, and often humorous, tale of a boy's coming of age and the relationships between himself, his family members, and the world. Mark seems to find himself in some interesting situations at every turn, especially when it comes to girls and puberty.
It's an entertaining listen that will keep you involved and laughing, I highly recommend this one!
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What did you love best about The Coach's Son?
I first read the Coach's Son and I enjoyed it so much that I also wanted to listen to it. What a treat! Mr. Hickey has an engaging style that drew me into the story so that I enjoyed it even more than when I read it. The Coach's Son tell's the story of a young boy whose Dad is a football coach. I am not a great sports fan, but I found young Mark's coming of age both amusing and engrossing. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good listen told by a master storyteller.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Mark was my favorite character. I enjoyed "watching" him grow up, and listening to his thoughts, especially about religion.
What about Jeffrey Hickey’s performance did you like?
Mr. Hickey has a rich voice. He draws the listener into the story without overpowering it.
Who was the most memorable character of The Coach's Son and why?
Al Almighty makes a couple of short but important appearances in Coach's Son. He is a colorful character and Mr. Hickey drew him memorably in my mind.
Any additional comments?
Great book! I think it has something for just about anyone.