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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rob Fleder Narrator: Barbara Caruso, Rob Fleder, George Guidall, Ron McLarty, Babara Caruso, Scott Sowers Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780062262868
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Everyone has an opinion about the Yankees. More than an opinion in most cases, but an opinion at the very least.
—From the Introduction

Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees have been an American institution for nearly a century. With their rich history and colorful cast of characters, the Yankees never fail to inspire or provoke. In this exciting compendium, some of today's most acclaimed writers—including Pete Dexter, Colum McCann, Roy Blount Jr., Dan Barry, Jane Leavy, Charles P. Pierce, J. R. Moehringer, Daniel Okrent, Frank DeFord, Bill James, and many more—step up to the plate to take their cuts. The result is a collection of original essays as idiosyncratic and expansive as the team that has inspired them: ruminations on Babe Ruth's gravestone, Derek Jeter's swing, and the upper-deck vantage of the Oldest Living Yankee; dual allegiances; mortal rivalries; and every other subject that spans from the hilarious (the Yankee wife-swap of the '70s) to the sublime (the grace of Catfish Hunter).

Superbly written, deeply insightful, and full of both passion and humor, Damn Yankees is a completely fresh look at baseball's most enduring franchise by a Murderers' Row of writers as stacked as that of the 1927 Yanks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Most collections, whether by baseball fans or lepidopterists, contain a few clinkers. Damn Yankees is a notable exception. This book has something for everyone, even if you’re just a fan of good writing…Thoroughly captivating.”

    Washington Times

  • “A real achievement…The key is the abiding focus on the personal, the understanding that what happens on the field is less important than how we render it in our own.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Alternately hilarious, nostalgic, heartbreaking, and touching…A welcome and engaging addition to the tradition of marrying baseball and literature. For all baseball fans, regardless of team allegiance.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “These twenty-four stories read by four narrators run the gamut of raw emotions. You can hear the seething hatred and frustration surrounding all twenty-seven World Championships; conversely, you can also hear the respect and nostalgia the team elicits as well. Though stats and game recollections are prevalent, it’s when the stories delve into the personal connections and family traditions of the authors that the narrations take on a larger meaning.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 6/25/2013

    " A great book with 24 different perspectives (love and hate) regarding the Yankees over their illustrious history from 24 well respected authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/5/2013

    " Lots of good sports essays. The very best one is Colum McCann's, The Long Way Home. I also loved one called Oldest Living Yankee, by J.R.Moehringer. I don't like the Yankee, but I like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Fallon | 4/20/2013

    " good quick read. both sides of view given Love em or hate em. Tom Verducci's story on Derek Jeter is just terrific. "

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

    " Various writers from a range of walks of life offer up their takes on being Yankee fans or haters. The fans come off as more sincere than the haters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 11/28/2012

    " I'm not a fan of sports writing, but this is a good book! Humorous and historical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/14/2012

    " This collection of essays is fairly hit-or-miss. Some were quite good, such as "One True Pitch" by Rick Telander, recounting the story of Jim Abbott, born without a right hand. Tom Verducci, Jane Leavy, and Roy Blount, Jr. also have nice contributions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Love | 11/12/2012

    " As a Mets fan, I'd resisted, but it turns out there were at least six pieces I really got something from. Out of 24, that's not a rotten average. "

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About the Narrators

Barbara Caruso, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.