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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. P. Kinsella Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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Set in the small towns, ball fields, barns, and bedrooms of Alberta, Canada, and populated by some of the quirkiest, rowdiest, hottest-blooded folks in fiction, Box Socials paints a brilliantly comic, full-color portrait of North American life in the 1940s.

Here is the story of how Truckbox Al McClintock, a small-town greaser whose claim to fame was hitting a baseball clean across the Pembina River, almost got a tryout with the genuine St. Louis Cardinals - but instead ended up batting against Bob Feller of Cleveland Indian fame in Renfrew Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

Along the way to Al's moment of truth at the plate, we learn about the bizarre, touchingly hilarious lives and loves of just about anyone who ever passed through New Oslo, Fark, or Venusberg.

Full of the crackle of down-home folk tales, by turns randy, riveting, and heartbreaking, Box Socials is the triumph of Kinsella's career.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dick | 9/21/2013

    " Another great summer read about minor league baseball and those who play the game and follow the minor leagues. Small town America is at the core of this great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/5/2013

    " Most people are more familiar with Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe, which the movie "Field of Dreams" was based on, but I prefer Box Socials. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Dewald | 12/21/2012

    " This is a great book. Modern poetry. Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Heidebrecht | 12/11/2012

    " Thought this might get me in the mood for moving to Alberta but not so sure. Very similar style to Garrison Keillor but a little more depressing, at least in terms of the miserable life most people had during the Depression. No wonder people moved away as often as they came to the province. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 10/3/2012

    " Reading this book is like sitting on the bank of a big lazy river on a summer afternoon. As I was reading, I kept hearing Garrison Keeler's voice reciting the words. "

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About the Author

W. P. Kinsella, recipient of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, is the author of numerous novels and highly acclaimed short-story collections. In 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, their highest civilian honor. He currently lives in Yale, British Columbia, with his wife, Barbara.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.