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A captivating blend of reportage and memoir exploring the history of the Chicago Cubs

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the Chicago Cubs have always been more than a team: they've been the protagonists of a King Arthur epic, in search of the Holy Grail that is winning the World Series. A chronicle of the last few miraculous seasons as experienced through the prism of Cubs history, The Chicago Cubs tracks the famous curse, which was placed on the team in 1945 by the infamous owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, who was ejected from Wrigley Field when he tried to bring his goat into the grandstand for the fifth game of the World Series. He vowed the team would never get back to the championship. And they haven't - until now.

Cohen follows the Cubs' early days as the first powerhouse baseball team, winners of the 1907 and 1908 World Series; their storied players, such as Billy Sunday, the second baseman who became the most popular preacher in America; their old stadiums; their owners, from chewing gum magnate William Wrigley to Thomas Ricketts, CEO of Ameritrade; and their time between the two World Wars; all of it leading up to the momentous last World Series appearance and the breaking of the famed curse.

A captivating blend of reportage and memoir, drawing on Cohen's extensive interviews and travels with recent Cubs players, owners, and coaching staff, The Chicago Cubs is a portrait not only of a team, but also of a city, of a game, and of what it means to be a perpetually disappointed fan who is finally rewarded.

©2017 Rich Cohen (P)2017 Recorded Books

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just listen and it all happens again

fantastic reenactment of the greatest three weeks of my life. the historical stuff is also beautiful and enlightening. thanks, mr. Cohen, for taking it out of the past and handing it back to me.

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If you love the Cubs, you will love this book

I am a die hard Cubs fan. This book gave a history of the cubs, telling many stories that I had not heard before. The book brought the stories to life. I have recommended this to many of my friends- all Cubs fans. This is the first audible book that I listened to. The performance was top notch. Go Cubs!

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Extraordinary tale of the Chicago Cubs

Coming from a Pirates fan, this is one of the best baseball books out there. Not only does it cover the history of the Cubs, it also highlights other legendary players who helped shaped the game such as Babe Ruth. Recommends read to any baseball fan, especially fans of the Cubs! Rich Cohen, the author, also weaves an entertaining personal story of his life as a fan of the Cubs.

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Fantastic writing! Excellent narration. Bonus points for the admission of winning a disco contest. Highly recommend.

Content and rhythm made for a pleasant yet informative read. Breezed through this book. Nice overview of historical highlights and lowlights, without becoming tedious. Will look for more titles from this author.

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Great story, even better history

Overall the book was great. Mr. Grupper’s reading was phenomenal, great inflection and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed the history of my favorite team and what made them great.

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Interesting look at those 'loveable losers'

This book, while it focuses mainly on the history of the Cubs, is also an enjoyable, cursory look at the last 100+ years in Chicago and the US. All of the expected characters from the Cubs past make appearances ( Ernie 'lets play two', Leo 'the lip', the Billy Goat and Harry in the booth, to name just a few). Cohen presents the Cubs losing history and their "curse' as only a life long Cubs fan could. The fans heartbreak, irony and strange sense of pride all come through in this enjoyable tale.
The narrator is excellent and the first half of the book moves at an enjoyable pace. The second half of the book seemed to drag a bit and was at times a bit repetitious.
Overall, a fun read for those who love baseball, whether a Cubs fan or not .

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Great read but narrator doesn't know baseball

The narrator mispronounces at least 5 names and multiple baseball terms. It's a great read but why on Earth would the editors or author not make the narrator go back and redo the passages where he botches names and terms? Power alley is not a difficult term but he screws it up. Moises Alou's last name suddenly has 3 syllables? It definitely hurt the otherwise great experience of listening.

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Great Book. Some atypical pronunciations.

5 Stars nonetheless. The author is not the narrator. The narrator does a fine job overall. With Moises Alou’s name, he pronounces it the proper French way- so I suppose it’s MORE correct, just not what Cubs fans are used to hearing. Same with several other proper names and Chicago things (e.g., the red LINE, instead of the RED line).

Love the book. Love the author. Highly recommend.

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Finished, then started again

Although I have trouble with the die-hard fan abandoning the game for several years and then reclaiming his die-hard status, I really enjoyed this book. I am no stranger to books chronicling the Cubs, I still learned a few things.