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Screwball

Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Beck Bennett
Length: 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,923 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

SNL’s Beck Bennett performs Screwball, a wildly funny and wistful take on Babe Ruth’s little-known stint in the minor leagues, from one of America’s funniest writers, Simon Rich. 

Before he was “Babe” or “The Sultan of Swat” or “The Great Bambino”, George Herman Ruth was just another teenage misfit at St. Mary’s School for Boys. But Ruth has something the other boys don’t, and when Baltimore Orioles manager Jack Dunn watches him throw a baseball over a building, Ruth gets the chance to punch his ticket out of the orphanage. All he has to do now is make the team.    

For help navigating life in the Minor Leagues, good-natured Ruth is paired with another rookie, one Jack Dunn, Jr., the coach’s son. Even though they’re the same age, Ruth looks up to his new pal and roommate. But despite his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and austere work ethic, “Junior” (as his teammates mockingly refer to him) can’t field a ground ball to save his life. When Babe makes the roster and Junior doesn’t, their budding friendship feels the strain.    

As Ruth’s otherworldly on-field abilities - and cringeworthy off-field antics - become the focus of the Orioles’ best season yet, jealous Junior resolves to sabotage the naïve and unsuspecting Babe. It’s a choice that could prove catastrophic for not only the young phenom, but also Junior, his father and the entire sport of baseball. Told from Babe’s point of view, the hilarious and heart-felt Screwball is a classic story of friendship, envy and a legend in the making that listeners will find impossible not to love.    

©2019 Simon Rich (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Great Story, not for kids

We listened as a family in the car and there were a few parts that I cringed knowing my kids were listening. Funny story though!! Great storytelling!

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Beck Bennett as Babe Ruth

Short but sweet and very funny. Screwball brightened my morning on the way to work. I even sat in the car in the parking lot so I could finish it as it’s under 1 hour long. Listen to Screwball for Beck Bennett’s narration - I love him
on SNL. I got a little chocked up in the end! I hate when reviewers say this but...I just wished it was longer.

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not just for baseball fans

Some light hearted life advice told with complete sarcasm. Easy to relate to even though I'm not a baseball fan

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Juvenile humor

Is Audible Originals getting desperate?

This one, in particular is offensive.

I was hoping for a lively discussion about Babe Ruth, but what I got was an offensive rendition of those who interacted with him. You could have pulled this story off without the innuendo diatribe.

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Babe Ruth, the Oblivious

Babe Ruth is presented as oblivious to the world and the consequences of his actions. The story is very much like a Saturday Night Live skit - amusing, but an unflattering picture of the lead character.

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Impossible to Stop.....

Simply this production is worth every listening second you spend with it. Especially if you have a soft spot for The Babe and his story. Entertaining, funny and a happy ending too! If you love baseball, old school America and innocence that is endearing, listen to this production. My bet is you won’t be able to stop listening till it ends. That’s the only problem, it’s length, less then an hour. Yes, no doubt there should be more! Possibly a continuation? Great work!

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Informative but disappointing

Self-deprecatory humor is one thing. Buffoonery at The expense of a legend, quite another. I don’t know baseball, but I know that no one could be as stupid as Babe Ruth is depicted in this bio-cel.

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Funny Babel

Excellent readers story was short but great. I lived the true life experiences from Babes actual life.

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short, fun, listen.

I liked it. This was a short, fun, listen. narrator was good. Storyline was fune.

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Cool book.

A very funny look at a part of history that is now an actual legend.

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