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3.00014159742242 out of 53.00014159742242 out of 53.00014159742242 out of 53.00014159742242 out of 53.00014159742242 out of 5 3.00 (11,794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449011010
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In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.  The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever.

In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”

    USA Today

  • “Grisham knocks it out of the park.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Vanderbloom | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not a baseball fan, but Grisham is such a skilled writer that this story held my interest. Very different from his usual legal fare, but that's ok sometimes. Its a quick read. A fictional story interspersed with real events and people. I do recommend even though I only gave it 3 stars. I prefer the legal novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2014

    " I love the fact that this book required nothing of me except a passing interest in baseball. Such a simple gentle read. For literary quality, maybe a two, but for filling a need it would get a four, hence the 3 averaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Marshall | 1/27/2014

    " a great story of forgiveness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/23/2014

    " The Narrator was excellent. John Grisham tells a very good baseball story....too good for me in that the abuse was hard to listen to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2014

    " This general storyline was pretty cool, but it needed to be more elaborate. It was pretty short and felt like it could have gone into more detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/18/2014

    " i didn't understand much of this book as it's all BASEBALL LINGO. it's an interesting PLOT (if you can find it, mostly towards the end, really) but...nothing i'd recommend. too many STATS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 QueenAmidala | 1/12/2014

    " If you can skim over the baseball statistics, the story is really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Allen | 12/25/2013

    " Baseball story told by John Grisham.....what more can you ask? Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/10/2013

    " My least favorite Grisham book. I found the dialogue clunky, the plot contrived and scarcely believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Keefner | 11/29/2013

    " Quick read and a must for baseball fans...I finished it in a day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrie | 11/28/2013

    " A good story, although too much baseball statistical information for a light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Arnold | 11/11/2013

    " Great baseball book - "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxanne Riddle | 11/7/2013

    " I kept waiting for something to happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnnieBebop | 9/11/2013

    " Nobody can write a story like John Grisham. The same techniques he uses for legal themes work perfectly for baseball story. Really brought on the waterworks by the end. You don't have to be a baseball lover to love this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milan Homola | 5/28/2013

    " Cubs, Baseball, history, troubled father son relationships. Need I say more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/7/2013

    " I prefer Grisham's law novels but this one was alright. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Zuccarelli | 5/5/2013

    " I have long become bored with John Grisham's legal books. But his sports book are fantastic and a must read for any sports fan. Calico Joe is no different and does not disappoint. Great book, and I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen P. | 5/3/2013

    " Great book for baseball lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbi Fitzgerald | 4/27/2013

    " Liked the format the story was told, from different points in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Tarantole | 2/12/2013

    " Good Baseball Story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 1/14/2013

    " An exploration of forgiveness -- as understood by a record-breaking baseball rookie and a neglected son, both impacted forever by a journeyman pitcher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janille | 12/30/2012

    " An interesting story, quick read. I don't know much about baseball but it was written well enough that I could get excited about what was going on. By the end of the story I was sad that Joe Castle and Paul Tracey were works of fiction and not real people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivonne Mastin | 10/26/2012

    " entertaining. enjoyed the baseball game details "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joggingt | 8/8/2012

    " Excellent and I don't like baseball "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy44 | 8/1/2012

    " I'm not much of a baseball fan so I really didn't think I would like this audiobook. But my insistent husband wanted to listen to it on a recent trip so I graciously obliged him. I was surprised to find myself completely drawn into a very well-written story. I really did not know that John wrote stories like this so this book was a pleasant surprise. By the way, hubby liked it too :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily T. | 7/22/2012

    " Decent story but way too depressing for me. Not my cup of tea at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus S. | 7/9/2012

    " This was a nice change of pace for Grisham, not his usual suspenseful legal writing. Just a wonderfully touching story of redemption set in the world of professional baseball. An impressive surprise from Mr. Grisham! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny W. | 6/3/2012

    " A wonderfully refreshing novel from a writer that's of course more well-known for his legal thrillers. Pardon the pun but this book was a real home run! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andy D. | 5/17/2012

    " I'm a big Grisham fan as well as a baseball fanatic so I really thought I'd like this book. Unfortunately I was wrong. It was way too formulaic and predictable for my taste and the story just was not that interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 j.d. taylor | 4/25/2012

    " A good story if you can stay with it through the boring baseball stats and such. Luckily I was patient enough to stick around until the narrator got to the real meat of the story, which is a rather good one. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.