October 1964

Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $31.50

Buy for $31.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

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)

©1994 The Amateurs Limited (P)2018 Random House Audio

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)

What listeners say about October 1964

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    43
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    46
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very good book, very disappointing narration

For a baseball fan, this is fine book filled with great inside details of the last pennant-winning Yankee team of the Mickey Mantle era, and of the rising Cardinals of Bob Gibson and Lou Brock. For content, it's a 5-star book.

The narration is very disappointing. I don't think the narrator for this book necessarily needs to be a baseball fan, but I am continually perplexed by narrators or producers who clearly haven't done even minimal research to get pronunciations right. This often happens in books with foreign words or expressions. There's an app that will allow you to hear the correct sound, so why not use it?

In this book, I found it distracting and mildly irritating when names of historical figures in baseball are repeatedly mispronounced: Bill Veeck, Solly Hemus, Jerry Lumpe, Mike Cuellar, and several more. Some of those are significant figures, others are not. But I'm guessing Angelo Di Loreto must know a baseball fan, and he could have gotten it all right with a half hour conversation.

I still highly recommend this book for its content. And if Mr. Di Loreto does another baseball book, he should feel free to be in touch.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book, terrible narration

Halberstam's great 1995 book is given a terrible reading by Angelo Di Loreto who makes no attempt to learn the proper pronunciation of player names, including Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent!

I enjoyed the writing and the narration very much. So glad I got this, will listen to again and again.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Timeless classic

A great book!
Places the World Series of 1964 in a much broader context. This is a historical inflection point and signals the end of one era and the beginning of another. In reading about Mickey mantle I could only think Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Johnny Keane was the hero behind the hero whose life ended much too soon. He enabled his two young stars to flourish— Gibson and Brock. Amazing that the Cardinals were vilified for what would come to be seen as one of the worst trades in baseball history. How could the Cubs have let Brock get away? Also the underrated sacrifice of Curt Flood.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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 :)

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.