Extended Audio Sample

Download Baseball Great Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Baseball Great Audiobook, by Tim Green Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Green Narrator: Tim Green Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Baseball Great Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061805448
Regular Price: $14.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Josh feels like he's starting to make it big! Jaden, the school reporter, says he's going to take the baseball team to number one. Then his dad pulls him off the field and signs him up with Coach Rocky Valentine's youth championship team, the Titans. He says Josh has what it takes to be a baseball great—and the Titans will help him get there.

Now Josh is gulping down Rocky's "Super Stax" milkshakes to build muscle and trying to fit in with his new teammates—older, tougher kids who can suddenly become violent. All Josh really wants to do is play ball, but as he gets in deeper with the Titans, there are questions he's just got to ask. As Josh and his new friend Jaden investigate their suspicions, they find themselves in a dangerous struggle with a desperate man who doesn't want them to expose the nasty secrets they uncover.

Pulsing with action, baseball great offers a baseball story attuned to today's headlines, a totally involving, character-driven, sports-centered thriller.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HARP_001828

Quotes & Awards

  • “This feel-good story manages an involving plot filled with strong, appealing characters who face danger and find support from responsible adults. Centered on the headline issue of steroids and crafted with short, fast-paced chapters, it is a great middle school choice for both boys and girls.”

    VOYA

  • “Author and narrator Tim Green smacks one out of the park with his portrayal of Josh, a gifted middle school baseball player who is faced with painfully intense pressures that make him question the game that he was born to play. Listeners learn how adults can, through egotism, selfishness, and greed, skew a child’s fascination for a simple game. As narrator, Tim Green breathes life and depth into the characters of this story, leaving an indelible impression.”

    AudioFile

  • “Green delivers a fast-paced story, told in short chapters that build to the exciting climax. He also doesn’t sanitize the rough world of the locker room, showing the intimidation that often accompanies young people’s sports.”

    Booklist

  • “Issues of peer and family pressure are well handled, and the short, punchy chapters and crisp dialogue are likely to hold the attention of young baseball fans.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Narration filled with crisp dialogue brings immediacy to Josh’s painful practice sessions, the excitement of his games, and his confusion at the flux of middle school dynamics.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner
  • An Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolores | 2/19/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars. I've read all of Tim Green's football books, and I like them very much, so I thought I'd give one of the baseball books a try. I listened to this one. It was read by the author and the audio was pretty good. Full disclosure here--NOT a baseball fan. SO not a baseball fan. But I usually like baseball books. And I really liked this one for the most part. Didn't like Josh's father, but that's okay--I can live with the jerk dad. I really hit a wall with the steroids, though. I just couldn't wrap my head around why anyone would care so much why a travel team did well. I wouldn't even care if a professional team did well, but maybe I mentioned how much I don't like baseball... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam W | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed how Tim Green wrote this book, well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pizza Boy | 1/8/2014

    " ok this really wasn't the worst book i have ever read, but it was bad. The charcters were cheezey, and the setting was just weird. i mean it was just all soo predictable, the olny reason i read it was because my mom gave it to me on easter for school. if i really had the choice i would have sropped after the first couple chapters. so yeah really cheezy book i gave it a D+ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/4/2014

    " Great boy book!! Very interesting story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cinnapatty | 12/16/2013

    " This book was OK. I did not appreciate that it is an ICCA book. Those books are for 3rd through 6th grade. I still think they need to change that because this book would be OK for a 6th grader to read, but not a 3rd grader! Josh (the main character) gets on a U14 travel team even though he's only 12. Towards the end of the book his teammates offer him gym candy (steroids). He is a smart kid and never takes them, but the way he handles the situation is stupid. He refuses to contact the police and puts himself and a girl friend into seriously dangerous situations. It is not a good example of what kids should do when they find themselves in the same situation. I don't appreciate this scenario being put out there for kids to read. The first thing he should have done was contact the police. End of story. Period. Don't waste your time with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 12/14/2013

    " this book is very exciting! if you like baseball i would read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin W. | 12/14/2013

    " I think that this book wasn't the best I would give it a 7 from 1 to 10. I would prefer this book for pople who really like sport books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter | 12/1/2013

    " This was one of the best baseball books i have ever read. It is so real and i think any guy would like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/25/2013

    " A great book with lots of suspense like a sports and mystery combined "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrie | 10/15/2013

    " Read my review at Let's Talk Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 6/18/2013

    " I liked this because it wasn't JUST about baseball, so you could understand what was going on. I think the climax was kind of anti-climatic funnily enough. It could have been a little more excited, but I understand that this is made for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 4/5/2013

    " Solid read but not exceptional and a little predictable... enjoyable 3 and a half stars... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 4/2/2013

    " Read my review at Gator Book Chomp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Finn | 12/27/2012

    " This book should make a movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine Stinson | 9/15/2012

    " Good Tim Green book somewhat similar to Football Hero, but nothing particularly special about this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooks | 6/26/2012

    " I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up. great book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arya2014 | 6/1/2012

    " I learned lots about what some great baseball teams get to do and the power of doing what's right or wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Graves | 4/20/2012

    " I really liked this book by Tim Green. Great book about baseball and steroids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Minor | 8/26/2011

    " Such a good book filled with action on and off the baseball field! The #2nd book is called Rivals, and the #3rd book is called Best Of The Best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 7/3/2011

    " Josh faces a dilemma when he joins a team involved in steroids. He must face bully teammates and corrupt adults and do the right thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter | 5/23/2011

    " This was one of the best baseball books i have ever read. It is so real and i think any guy would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 12/1/2010

    " I thought the end was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max B. | 12/1/2010

    " It is an amazing book... If you like sports books and your a fan of sports, It is a great book
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin W. | 11/30/2010

    " I think that this book wasn't the best I would give it a 7 from 1 to 10. I would prefer this book for pople who really like sport books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle B | 11/30/2010

    " Good book with big twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 10/11/2010

    " Solid read but not exceptional and a little predictable... enjoyable 3 and a half stars... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 9/28/2010

    " Baseball great is a GREAT book it starts slow and finish strong but i wouldn't recommend it unless you like baseball "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 9/28/2010

    " this book is very exciting! if you like baseball i would read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britt | 7/16/2010

    " Loved the parts about actually playing baseball and all that goes with it. Did not love the main plot that serves as a warning about steroids. Also, the dialog was not very realistic among the 12 year-old protagonists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooks | 2/3/2010

    " I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up. great book!!! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Tim Green

Tim Green graduated as covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round NFL draft pick, playing as a star defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons for eight years. His books for young readers include Unstoppable, Pinch Hit, and Rivals as well as the New York Times bestsellers Baseball Great and Best of the Best. He has also written the novels Football Genius, Football Champ, Football Hero, and Deep Zone. He lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.