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The Chicago Cubs

Story of a Curse
Narrated by: Adam Grupper
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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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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A half-fan tries to be relatable

i was hoping for a true Cub fan's experience witj the emotions of winning the 2016 World Series. Instead, i got a recountint of a half-hearted fan who turned his back when he couldn't take any more, then cane crawling back to the team when it was easy to root again. Good Cubs history, but the author's personal experience makes him seem like a privileged fairweather fan.

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  • Bill
  • Atlanta, GA USA
  • 02-21-19

Cubs fans can relate and maybe learn a little something too

The writing of this book is excellent. Cohen is a fan turned sports writer, living the dream so many of us have had when the dream of being on the field turned out to not be for us. But in this dream, he remains relatable to the rest of us, the people who hope to someday have a press credential or sit down with Theo Epstein and figure out what makes the man tick. He teaches Cub history, baseball history, American history. And he nails the emotional state of so many Cubs fans throughout our lives, up to and including the near mythical world series of 2016 and what it means to our world. Very well done.

The narration, while soothing and easy to listen to, was the only shortcoming of this book. It's nitpicky, I know, but when you mispronounce players names it really breaks the spell of believing I'm hearing an intimate portrayal of a die hard fan. Anybody who knew the Cubs in 2003 knows very well who Moises Alou is and how to pronounce his name. And when talking about Bartman, it's a name that comes up frequently. So hearing it wrong just really kills the vibe. There were a couple other things like that where the narrator didn't read with the true voice of the author or any other actual Cubs fan in mind. Inflection when talking about the L, connotation of the feeling that happens in the 8th inning, etc. He has an excellent voice, but was clearly not familiar with the subject matter.

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Loved it!

Great historical information and it was great to relive the victories again, well done Rich!

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  • Walter
  • Flossmoor, IL, United States
  • 10-24-18

108 years later...

What can be said when a team goes 108 years between World Series wins, that is one year for every stitch on a baseball or a very long time! Good for the cubs and good for Mr Cohen the author not only for a good book but for being able to cleanse his mental makeup before he like so many others passed on into immortality having never witnessed a cubs team winning just once!

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It’s all about the narrator

Adam Grupper nails it with this book. It was so good, I didn’t want the book to end. That’s Cub!

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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.