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October 1964

Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-seller.

David Halberstam, an avid sports writer with an investigative reporter’s tenacity, superbly details the end of the 15-year reign of the New York Yankees in October 1964. That October found the Yankees going head-to-head with the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Series pennant. 

Expertly weaving the narrative threads of both teams’ seasons, Halberstam brings the major personalities on the field - from switch-hitter Mickey Mantle to pitcher Bob Gibson - to life. Using the teams’ subcultures, Halberstam also analyzes the cultural shifts of the '60s. The result is a unique blend of sports writing and cultural history as engrossing as it is insightful. 

"Compelling.... 1964 is a chronicle of the end of a great dynasty and of a game, like the country, on the cusp of enormous change." (Newsweek)

"Wonderful.... Memorable.... Halberstam describes the final game of the 1964 series accurately and so dramatically, I almost thought I had forgotten the ending." (The Washington Post Book World)

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Critic Reviews

"October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who'll relish the opportunity to relive that year's to-die-for World Series, when the dynastic but aging New York Yankees squared off against the upstart St. Louis Cardinals. It should be a hit with younger students of the game, who'll eat up the vivid portrayals of legends like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson and Lou Brock of the Cardinals. Most of all, however, David Halberstam's new book should be a hit with anyone interested in understanding the important interplay between sports and society." (The Boston Globe)

"Halberstam's latest gives us the feeling of actually being there - in another time, in the locker rooms and in the minds of baseball legends. His time and effort researching the book result in a fluency with his topic and a fluidity of writing that make the reading almost effortless.... Absorbing." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Superb reporting.... Incisive analysis.... You know from the start that Halberstam is going to focus on a large human canvas.... One of the many joys of this book is the humanity with which Halberstam explores the characters as well as the talents of the players, coaches and managers. These are not demigods of summer but flawed, believable human beings who on occasion can rise to peaks of heroism." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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  • Joe H
  • Wauconda, Illinois
  • 12-31-18

an excellent baseball book

Loved it! Well, extensively researched book; good narration. I highly recommend this. Great story of baseball & American society influencing each other in the 50s & 60s. The book focuses its primary attention on the Cardinals & Yankees teams (understandably so) and the story jumps around a lot going back and forth from player stories/biographies to covering the '64 season. But aside from that nit-picky critique, don't let that turn you away from enjoying this great baseball book.

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my fist game as a 9 yr old

oct 64 sitting in the right field bleachers watching my yankees play the cards
bottom of the 9th mantle hit a hr 5 rows over my head off of barney schultz !
after the game walking around the warning track on the field......heaven :)

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Narrator doesn't know baseball

I loved the story but the narrator knew nothing about baseball.
Orlando Suh-PEE-da?
The score was 1 to ZERO?
There were many others. I'm really surprised this audio book was ever published with errors like this.

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Great nonfiction but some careless reading

The book is fascinating and digs into the story of the way the 1964 season and world of baseball reflected the larger society. The reader paces his performance well and has a pleasing voice, but he mispronounces a number of baseball names (e.g., "Orlando Ce'pee'da" and "Jerry Roose" rather than "Ce'pay'da" and "Royce" along with about a dozen others) and once even misreads the text, saying that Curt Flood challenged the "reverse" clause rather than the "reserve" clause. It's disappointing that the editing wasn't better. I liked the content so much that I put up with the mistakes. I should have read the book when it first came out; I'm glad I got to it now.

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Won’t download to iPhone 😡

This book won’t download so I’m giving it 1 star. I’ll revise if I ever get to listen to it.

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