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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Robert Forster Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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It is 1947, the year Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and changes the world. This is the story of that season, as told through the eyes of a difficult, brooding, and wounded man named Joseph Burke. Burke, a veteran of World War II and a survivor of Guadalcanal, is hired by Brooklyn Dodgers President and General Manager Branch Rickey to guard Robinson. While Burke shadows Robinson, a man of tremendous strength and character suddenly thrust into the media spotlight, the bodyguard must also face some hard truths of his own, in a world where the wrong associations can prove fatal.

A brilliant novel about a very real man, Double Play is a triumph: ingeniously crafted, rich with period detail, and resounding with the themes familiar to Parker's readers: honor, duty, responsibility, and redemption.

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    " One of my faves... "

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    " 3.75 stars really I couldn't quite give it 4 stars. I think that I like Animal Magnetism so much that this couldn't quite compare. I didn't dislike it at all. I actually really liked it. But I just didn't love it. I love the slow burn. The slow progression of the story and the slow progression of their relationship was more realistic. And it wasn't corny and fluffy. It had a believable plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie-ann | 1/18/2014

    " I love Jill Shalvis's single title contemporary novels. They're true to life but full of romance. And a nice surprise I opened the book to find it was a signed copy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/6/2014

    " LOVED this book! If only Jill Shalvis could right an entire series of baseball/romance! I would totally be there. What a great combination, America's past time with a little romance thrown in! GREAT CONCEPT! I get tired of the classic, romance themes that are based on The Duke, The Duchess, The Rogue... etc.. This was a refreshing theme! Can't wait to read the 2nd book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena Gentile | 12/27/2013

    " I'm a bit of a baseball fan so to add that to a romance gave me a nice mix of two things I enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/23/2013

    " Loved this book. Predictable but fun romance novel. I wish the sequel was a continuation of these two characters instead of new characters. "

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    " Adorable summer read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/16/2013

    " This was a cute romance about a journalist who finds herself digging into the Santa Barbara Heat's players and winds up with the star pitcher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tee | 11/14/2013

    " This is one of those stories where I go 'ah I wish I knew them in real life so that I can see how they are after the book'. It was light, fun read and I didnt want to put the book down. All the characters were so real and believable that it made the story even more special. I really enjoyed it. "

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    " 3.5 - 4 stars. A cute, light romantic read. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 1/1/2013

    " Another great book by Jill! "

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

    " I'm beggining to wonder if i'm getting tired of this genre... This book started really good and very promising but it become very repetitive and boring. It wasn't bad but the author could have cut down a few chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/10/2012

    " I had never read a sport's romance novel before. Wow. This was fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa Bourne | 9/30/2012

    " I never go wrong when I choose to read a Jill Shalvis book! And combining her awesome writing with one of my favorite sports, well, Double Play was a perfect read! "

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    " Very cute. I adore her books. Fast easy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 9/3/2012

    " Reminiscent of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's football team books, only this is baseball centered. Plenty of witty repartee, both between Holly and Pace, and between Holly and her friends. Nothing unpredictable, but an easy-going, easy-to-read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 2/29/2012

    " This was my first Jill Shalvis and I'm really excited to go back and read everything she's written! I started out reading romances with SEP's Chicago Stars, so this was right up my alley. The heat between Pace and Holly was awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2011

    " Great, light-hearted story, Pace was a wonderful hero. Holly was a little "tough" for me, but together their chemistry was explosive. Loved the baseball setting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 4/18/2011

    " Fun, quick read. Imaginative story. If you're a baseball fan, you'll like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/2/2011

    " although it is fiction, this novel gave me an added appreciation for what Jackie Robinson went through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 12/13/2010

    " This is the first Robert Parker novel I have ever read. Being familiar with his Spenser character I didn't quite know what to expect with a different protagonist. Its an easy quick read occurring in 1947 with Jackie Robinson as a part of novel. If you like suspense, this is agood read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/16/2010

    " A baseball in the hands of Parker is a thing of beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/29/2010

    " A mildly entertaining novel set in an era the author does not make very real. It was probably a mistake to make Jackie Robinson a main character without making his character vivid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/31/2010

    " Enjoyable atypical baseball story. Does a nice job of evoking the Jackie Robinson era from a fresh perspective. "

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    " This was an easy read, lots of action, diaglogue and enough history to hold my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 3/1/2010

    " Gritty first half, but rescued by 2nd part about white bodyguard guarding Jackie Robinson in his tumultuous rookie year. "

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, was the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries, as well as the Jesse Stone novels. He was named Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. He has more than fifty books to his credit.

About the Narrator

Robert Forster is an award-winning film and television actor best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting role as Max Cherry in Jackie Brown.