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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Simonson Narrator: David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Harry Shearer, and Ed Begley, Jr. Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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A humorous and poignant story that follows a fictional major league baseball team through a summer season when the team comes together after one of the players is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

This play is based on the novel by Mark Harris. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. It uses baseball circa 1950 as a metaphor for life, death and how we (mis)treat each other. The narrator has a certain tone, an accent or manner of speaking that I can't quite place but I vaguely recall from old movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/29/2014

    " 3.5 stars. A strange, affecting little read. The narrative voice and story within a story conceit wear a little thin by the end (and the end wasn't quite satisfying), but by that point the characters had worked their way into my heart. Best read in larger chunks so you can get into the rhythm of the storytelling and the baseball season; unfortunately I often didn't have the chance. Still, I think Henry Wiggen and Bruce Pearson will live on as important fictional characters to me for some time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Desmond | 1/24/2014

    " A good baseball story; worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/13/2014

    " A very enjoyable read with a baseball backdrop and a not-too-bright sounding narrator, it is really about the depth of human friendship and compassion. The tone and style bring to mind some of Ring Lardner's work, one of the finest sportswriters ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 1/10/2014

    " Certainly one of the best novels about baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. Newman | 1/6/2014

    " This was absolutely the best baseball novel I ever read (the movie was great, too.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 1/4/2014

    " It was really hard to read....the grammar was terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 11/29/2013

    " baseball and imortality from the mouth of a star pitcher/writer--Harris is a master at creating an evoctive voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ernie Pomin | 9/12/2013

    " Reading The Southpaw first would be a good idea for extra context, but a must read for fans of baseball stories that tug on the heart strings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/10/2013

    " This is one of the best novels about baseball that I've read. It's more of a story about guys and their interation with each other, they just happen to play baseball. It will break your heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 11/18/2012

    " couldn't finish it! just did not hold my attention in the least. and I'm a baseball fan and a reader... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Chamberlain | 10/4/2011

    " Classic baseball novel, spare prose and truly sensational narrative voice. I recommend this highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan.haut | 8/30/2011

    " We all die, just some die sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug bowman | 4/1/2011

    " A beautifully written baseball tale, full of pathos, warmth, and emotional honesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/26/2009

    " Great book to finish in October. I think I like baseball books better than I like baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mackinnon | 3/8/2009

    " It's about baseball. It's about life. It's about death. What's not to like? I finished it last night which was completely perfect because spring training games start today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/3/2009

    " Maybe it gets better, but not for last lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/21/2008

    " It was somewhat entertaining and easy to keep reading, but didn't do that much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 9/19/2008

    " I see why the book is a classic, but there were times I had to put it down because the language took energy to follow. The narrator maybe a writer but he needs a good editor. Don't put it down too long or you'll forget the huge cast of characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Fellinger | 7/10/2008

    " The characters are lovable and the themes are deep, much deeper than baseball: death and friendship. Books like this show why baseball can serve as such a rich analogy for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2008

    " A funny and moving book (and that it's about baseball is a bonus). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Ramsey | 12/22/2007

    " Wonderful story. Like so many great baseball novels, it's really not about baseball at all. The whole baseball as paradigm for life definitely applies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Kaplan | 7/30/2005

    " fiction,Mark Harris "

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