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This volume of poetry focuses on the game of baseball and the people involved in it. The verse delves into the sociological and psychological sides of the game, showing both its light and dark facets. It's a must-listen for baseball lovers.

©2009 William Graham (P)2015 William Graham

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For the love of the game ⚾

This enjoyable baseball poetry is so visually descriptive, it will have you cravings a 🌭 in the stands in no time.
My 15 year old and I were thoroughly entertained by it.
The narrator was also an excellent choice.
I requested this book in exchange for my honest review.
So is it worth owning?
For all who have a love for America's favorite past time, I think so...

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Meh

Awesome narration. Other than that the book seemed a bit jumbled and almost incomplete to me.

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Sweetest Swing

The mix of William Graham's words with Don Wright's narration you make will feel as though you are on the field, about to take the plate. Don Wright sounds like a sports announcer with his clear and balanced voice. Dealing with every stage of the baseball game and life, you can tell William Graham has done his research to capture why baseball is one America's favorite pass times. From players, both new and old, to games, either at home or far away, The Sweetest Swing really is for the baseball fan. If you haven't listened and read something by William Graham before you really should check out this audio book.

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They were poems

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. This was about forty minutes of poems about baseball. Most of the time I did not know when one ended and another began. Many of them seemed to tell a story but stopped before the ending. If you are a baseball fan you might enjoy some of them. The best thing about the book was the narrator.

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All Time Favorite Summer Past-time

For the love of baseball, The Sweetest Swing was a fun listen. A great collection of poems that reminded me of summers spent with my children at the ballpark getting autographs, cheering for our team, eating hotdogs, and hoping to catch fowl balls. This audiobook reminded me of those times which were priceless. Wonderful writing by William Graham. He views baseball from all aspects.

Don Wright was the perfect narrator for this audiobook.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review."

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Take me out to the ballgame . . .

from the first wiffle-ball swings through and onto the Hall of Fame; victories and failures are sometimes just a matter of inches. This is both a lighthearted and, at times, jaded insight into America's enduring pastime. It speaks to what draws boys of all ages to the game. This is a short, well written, and keenly narrated gem that shouldn't be overlooked by even those with simply a passing interest in baseball. Well worth the time and price of investment; an all-American listen.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review and it is my hope that you find this helpful in your decision as to listen to this audible book.

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Catechism in verse for the religion of baseball

Sometimes it takes a poet to pull back the veil and give you a clear perspective on one's unspoken worldview. Graham does this for baseball. It was intriguing to peer through the eyes of one who views baseball as a legitimate religious experience. I have no love for baseball, but it had such a distinctively American nostalgia to it that I couldn't help but enjoy the listening. Good poetry, bad theology.

Narration was excellent. Easy to listen to and well suited to the subject matter. Good pacing and delivery.

The religious treatment didn't hit home with me, but I am excited to hear some of his other poetry.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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A baseball fan bares his soul

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The Sweetest Swing is a collection of dozens of bite-sized poems. From the first poem to the last, the author's love of baseball is obvious. These poems are visual and evocative and at times they can be dripping with sentament. Whether you think this is a good thing depends on how you feel about baseball nostalgia. They started to get a bit sachrine until the one about the wife (and a few others) which renewed my interest. Through and through, The Sweetest Swing is a heartfelt love letter to the baseball.<br/><br/>Narration is overall good and got better as the book progressed. Early on could have used a better cadence to indicate the end of a poem. Since these are so short, the ending would often catch me off guard because the final line wasn't spoken with any sense of conclusion so it was a bit jarring when the next poem would begin. I'll still give 5 stars though since improved as the book went on.<br/><br/>This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.