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Publisher's Summary

Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale of love and the power of dreams to make people come alive.

“Shoeless Joe” is the great Joe Jackson, one of the eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were banned from baseball for throwing the World Series. One day, while out in his corn field, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the voice of a baseball announcer saying, “If you build it, he will come.” “He,” of course, is Ray's hero, Joe Jackson. “It” is a baseball stadium, which Ray carves out of his corn field.

©1982 W. P. Kinsella (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Wild...romantic...unconventional....A triumph of hope.” ( Boston Globe)

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Great Story, won't be disapointed!

If you love the movie, you will love the book. Book offers more insight on who the characters are and you can see why they were cut from the movie. It is like watching the expanded directors cut of the movie. Who doesn't want Field of Dreams to last another hour with good content?

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A thoroughly American novel

The book is less streamlined than Field of Dreams - there's at least 1.5 times as much story here - and a lot of the stuff that didn't make the script is cut from the same cloth. It's thoroughly American, spiritual and unapologetically sentimental. Kinsella came up with all of the scenes you love if you love the movie. It's all his story. The only things I'd criticize is that it reads like he made it up as he went along, and that's especially apparent when it contradicts itself in one very important element of its mythology (what lies beyond the cornfield). It also wants the reader to respect baseball as a religion while showing an ugly contempt for other people's beliefs.

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Baseball Magic

If you grew up with a love for the game, or a love of the movie, or love pure, u ironic magical realism, than you will love this story. The writer gets a little carried away with his characters' monologues at times, but I think it's charming. A tale from just long enough ago to feel nostalgic and timeless in a really good way. It isn't for everyone. I imagine that if you didn't really love baseball, than it would come across as charming, but odd. But is baseball is in your blood, than it is absolutely delicious.

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Don't let this book ruin the movie for you

My two favorite genres of books and movies are Sci-fi and Baseball, albeit not together but that might be interesting as well. Field of Dreams has always been a favorite movie of mine and didn't know that it was based on a book until I re-watched the movie recently and saw that it was based on a book of a different title. This one really touches on that '1, 2 combination punch' described above, but not too fantastical.

It wasn't with hesitation that I picked this book up, but is so with my recommendation for it. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars was because the story is amazing. Yes you get that from the movie, and yes it's much better in film. However I always like the original and seeing where Hollywood departs from the writer.

Again, the movie really is so much better, but there is a sweet little gem in the book that is a departure from the film that I became enchanted with and have learned additional information separately about 'JDS' and his WWII Veteran status. This alone makes the book worth the time.

Also, I didn't enjoy the narrator and continuously longed to here Kevin Costner's voice.

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very good audiobook

My dad and I quite enjoyed this book on our way up to Dyersville, Iowa.

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A few different twists than the movie.

A decent listen that takes you back through the movie via theater of the mind, but with a few differences.

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A Journey Into Imagination

I loved Field of dreams; might be my favorite movie of all time. I always wanted to read this book. It was slightly different than the film; but still very very good. I enjoyed it very much and encourage anyone who loved the film to dive into the book. I will never forget; IF YOU BUILD IT; HE WILL COME.....
Amazing amazing novel/film.....

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Very good

This is, of course, the book that the movie FIELD OF DREAMS was based on. And although the book came before the movie, I'm afraid this is one of the rare times when the movie is better. All the elements are here, but there is a lot of things that the movie rightfully cut; such as the carnival barker twin brother, the dreamer elderly farm owner, and the stops at every ballpark in the road trip. Also, another major change is Terence Mann is actually J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher In The Rye. From what I've researched, the change was made after the REAL Salinger threatened litigation. Overall, however, the book is well worth reading (listening to). The author has a great wit and natural talent.

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Nice story of love and dreams and faith

I love field of dreams. I love the magic. I normally read books before movies but didn't know about this book, have watched the movie many times. I loved the extra story lines in this. I understand tho why they were not included in the movie. A nice relaxing dreamy read. Enjoyable

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Disappointing

A friend recommended this, saying it wasn't really about baseball. It really is. That is, it goes on an on about baseball. Doesn't matter if it's a metaphor. It isn't often that a movie is so much better than the book. Field of Dreams is an excellent movie--much better than this book. Oh, and the reader had an annoying, grating voice.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful