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Listen to this quaint tale of baseball and the ghosts of childhood.

Have you seen the movie The Sandlot?

Well, that was pretty much my childhood. As a 10-year-old, it seemed the mysteries of life came alive through baseball. This is a story straight out of those glory days of playing baseball on the diamonds of Southern California, of the smell of cut grass in the outfield, of hitting impossible homers on and off the field. And of ghosts. This story is very much about the ghosts of childhood. You won't believe where this story goes.

Of all the stories I have ever written, this is perhaps my favorite.

I wrote it some years ago, mostly for my son who had passed not long before. He loved baseball, and the best year of my life was coaching his youth team. This isn't about that year. This particular story is about a little boy though, and the mysteries that surround him on opening day of the Little League season.

©2014 Edison McDaniels (P)2017 Edison McDaniels

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 08-02-18

Such a beautiful story!!!!

It took me awhile to put myself back together after this listen. This 40-minute story was a complete lifetime and it just blew me away.

I can't say too much because I don't want to give the story away. Just know that Edison McDaniels penned and performed one heck of a beautiful story. The ebb and flow was so rich and sweet and just incredibly special.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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Powerful and meaningful!

What a wonderful story! Very moving and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Although short, it sure packed a wallop!
I love baseball, have since I was little (50 now haha!), and this story was just a gem. Brings me back to playing softball as a young girl (usually sucking, but I sure tried and loved it lol!)

Loved listening, would recommend it to anyone! :)
Great story, and equally great narration :)

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Touching and beautiful

Good things come in small packages and that is certainly true here.In a short period of time you will remember a special
period in your life you will be touched and you will be entertained.

Just like a vivid dream you will think a long time has passed but when it is over you will be amazed how 40 minutes
can be used so well.

Download now it is time well spent.




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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 09-22-18

Tragic tale with a nice sentiment.

As a father, this story was a little tough for me. It is well paced and draws you in. Who does not remember a childhood of playing baseball (or your favorite sport) and just enjoying the freedom we have as youths. Enjoying the outdoors and the smell of fresh cut grass. this story invokes all of that. It paints a very vivid portrait of a mans favorite time in his life and the time he was able to spend with his son. It also paints the portrait of loss and the things we symbolically hold onto when dealing with it.
This a perfect example of the author bleeding onto the page.

The narration was done very well. Mr. McDaniel was able to portray the happiness and grief that the story needed.

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Tragedy and the Boys of Summer

This heart rending story about a baseball game gone tragically wrong will haunt every parent, and yet it is beautifully told by an author who expertly blends the simplicity of a father's recalling of his son's greatest baseball triumph with the terror of a freak accident and just enough of the paranormal to give it all meaning.
A hauntingly beautiful short story.

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  • TU
  • 09-04-18

Fantastic short story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a very short but highly emotional tale. It is well written and narrated by the author. This is a short story that is worth listening to. Just not at work, no one needs to cry at work.

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I loved the ending

This short story is really well done and over too soon. In the space of just a few minutes this book made me care for these characters and the ending was amazing. For such a short book it took me on quite a journey.

I'd like to read more books by Edison Daniels, if this book is anything to go by they'll all be a great read.

I don't normally like it when the author narrates the story, there are professional narrators for a reason, it's hard to do it well. In this case it works, the authors passion for the story comes through and so does everything his characters feel.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 08-27-18

Remembrance of a child

'Bottom of the 5th" tells a tale, from the point of view of a father, of a son and his love of baseball. It is heartfelt, and bitter sweet, story or a time now lost. Of being the coach of the kid's baseball team and the highs and lows associated with it.

The story is told looking back, and the style works well with that. in that it is a little jumbled. It flits from one thing to another here and there. Not too much, but in a way that suits perfectly the idea of someone remembering and telling a story. One memory prompts another, and they string together to tell the story. The style is wonderful for the story told.

A great short story, well written.

Edison McDaniels is both author and narrator on the book, and it works well in this instance. This is a personal story, told form the view of a father and McDaniels does the part very well. On a purely technical level is is good - well paced, easy to listen to etc. but it's his ability to hit the emotional beats of the story that gives it it's strength. Maybe he would be good in other narration instances, maybe not, but for this story it fits perfectly.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 08-12-18

Well done Edison!

Bottom of the 5th is a beautifully told tale by the father of a young boy who loved to play baseball. It is a very short story, but it conveyed all the emotion possible. I wonder if it was a true story. In closing I had a tear in my eye and a small lump in my throat. Well done Edison. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Great

I liked the short story very much the narration by the author was very good I got
this audiobook from audio boom and i’m very
Happy u gave me a promo code it was a a
very touching story thank you

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