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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan, Stephen King Narrator: Ron McLarty, Adam Grupper Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780743545099
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Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness the greatest comeback ever in sports, and the first Red Sox championship in eighty-six years. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other is now a fan's notes for the ages. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Faithful isn't just about the Red Sox. It's also about family, friendship, and what it truly means to be a baseball fan and to be—well, faithful, come hell or high water…The season was full of priceless moments, and King and O'Nan catch nearly all of them in amber.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A sweet romance…the details are priceless.”

    People

  • “King and O'Nan are the kind of fans who make for great baseball companions: knowledgeable, opinionated, funny, and irreverent.”

    USA Today

  • Faithful is ultimately a quasi-religious book about what all great religions should be founded upon: love—in all its blindness and terror and euphoria and purity and, yes, addiction.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Will provide Red Sox readers an opportunity to relive every nail-biting moment of a memorable season.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystle | 2/17/2014

    " Brought back a lot of memories of 2004! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Schnell | 2/6/2014

    " All Red Sox fans need to read this book!! While reading it I wondered why I hadn't read this before. But by the end I was glad I had waited because it brought back so many memories!! I was able to relive the awesome victory!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/2/2014

    " It was like living it all over again....and just as sweet the second time!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris S | 1/31/2014

    " For die-hard baseball fans only... got pretty tedious as it progressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 1/29/2014

    " I'm a baseball fan. I'm a Red Sox fan. I liked this book - it was fun to reminisce about "where I was when..." and, being a relatively new Sox fan, learn some history about the team. That said...if you are NOT a Sox fan (or a baseball fan, or a sports fan in general), you probably won't get much out of this book. It's written in a tandem diary style, full of play-by-plays and analysis(I especially enjoyed Stephen King's more poetic ramblings), equal parts upbeat and downtrodden. But there's no love story to go along with it (save that of some fans and their ballclub), no suspense about the outcome. So if following along as two guys live and breathe baseball for a year isn't your thing, you should look elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/20/2014

    " This was a fun read; very enjoyable to relive the magical 2004 Red Sox season. I sure was jealous of how many games the authors were able to attend -- it seemed so easy for them to get tickets! Granted, one of them is Stephen King -- I'm sure fame helps. It was amusing to find out just how hard-core a Sox fan King is, and especially how much he loathes the Yankees. Anyway, good writing, quite entertaining. I'm glad to have finally read this one, and would give it 3.5 stars if that were possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziggy | 1/15/2014

    " Even though you know the outcome of this story it was an absolute pleasure of a listen. The ups and downs of the season chronicled by two die-hard fans - you could feel their agony and excitement. An interesting side note - they had originally planned to do this for the 2003 season however due to Stephen Kings accident they postponed it and ended up with a true gem of a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Volny | 1/14/2014

    " Great book. Journal format was nice for stopping points. It made me think about what it will be like when the Cubs win the World Series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 1/7/2014

    " Well, of course I'm biased "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neshat | 1/4/2014

    " A diehard sox fan, I can relate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 wendy | 12/6/2013

    " i could care LESS about baseball but i just love the way they wrote this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Dewey | 12/4/2013

    " Did an author(s) ever get luckier? These two die hard Red Sox fans decide to chronicle a season of what it's like bleeding Red Sox all season - after 86 no-win years, and THIS is the season they finally win the World Series. For a sox fan this is personal play by play of a fantastic year! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Nichols | 11/17/2013

    " Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan writing about the Red Sox' monumental 2004 season? YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danie | 10/12/2013

    " Sheesh, finally finished it, after starting it around Late '04, early '05. Maybe now the Sox this season (2011) can suck less?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 caroline | 12/8/2012

    " It was no coincidence that Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan decided to chronicle an entire season the year the Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. An amazing account that helps every Sox fan relive the ups and downs of 2004. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H Ryan | 11/3/2012

    " Highly recommended if you like reading about baseball. And if you love the Sox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/26/2012

    " I didn't hear this on CD but at least this listing mentions Stephen King as co-author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Noyes | 11/17/2011

    " Got to relive again every single day of the most magnificent season of any Red Sox fan. As a life long one myself, this was a must read, and very well worth it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dash Garabetovitch Kassakhov | 11/10/2011

    " Great book to read if you are a die hard Red Sox fan. Go Sawx!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/21/2011

    " what are the odds that two famous authors will choose to chronicle a day by day experience of their much-loved, much-maligned baseball team -- the year they win a world series?! awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 8/3/2011

    " It is fun to remember 2004 Red Sox, but it also is a bit tedious to read a 400 page blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 6/14/2011

    " they set out to write a book about not making it to the World Series again and guess what happened-the Red Sox went to the World Series (2004) and won - you have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this one- I loved it ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danie | 5/11/2011

    " Sheesh, finally finished it, after starting it around Late '04, early '05. Maybe now the Sox this season (2011) can suck less?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 5/4/2011

    " Other than the fact that I'm UTTERLY BIASED when it comes to the Red Sox... this book is brilliant. It helps to be a hardcore fan, of course, so you know to whom the authors are referring, but if you are-- READ THIS BOOK.

    And
    GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 4/13/2011

    " This book is a great overall book for any of the Red Sox fans. This book is basically about a die hard baseball fan who has followed baseball for all of his life. Their was a curse on the Red Sox who watches them break that curse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 4/1/2011

    " Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan writing about the Red Sox' monumental 2004 season? YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 3/27/2011

    " Got to relive again every single day of the most magnificent season of any Red Sox fan. As a life long one myself, this was a must read, and very well worth it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystle | 12/21/2010

    " Brought back a lot of memories of 2004! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/25/2010

    " I'm sure this is a great book for Red Sox fans. There is some interesting baseball insight, but if you're not a Red Sox fan . . . I wouldn't advise it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/6/2010

    " Must read for any Red Sox fan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " It was a fun, if not somewhat rushed, recap of the season. A perfect lazy read, IMO. Nothing special, but still fun if you haven't read it and like the Sox. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/31/2010

    " The sheer completeness of it can get a little tedious, but even though you know the ending, the ride with these two semi-obsessed but very real fans is a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/9/2010

    " Flashbacks aplenty. Not surprising, it read faster during winning streaks & the playoffs. An entertaining trip down memory lane. "

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About the Author
Author Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrators

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.

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.