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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy Narrator: Dan Shaughnessy, Jeff Gurner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781427233592
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Terry Francona was never a polished player, but he was always productive and seemed to know just how to get the job done. As a manager, he brings more of the same. His style is unvarnished. Perhaps even scrappy. As he proved during his tenure at the Boston Red Sox, however, he still knows how to make things happen.

In his first season as manager of the Boston Red Sox, Francona led the team to a 2004 World Series title. It was their first championship since 1918. Three seasons later, he repeated the feat. The now-legendary manager couldn't overcome all of the obstacles in 2011, though, and his team fell apart late in the season. He was replaced before the 2012 season began.

These are the facts everyone knows, and the facts that lay the foundation of Francona's book, Francona: The Red Sox Years. Running a clubhouse wasn't always easy, especially when trying to inspire players to overcome an 86-year drought to become one of the most successful baseball franchises. As documented in the book, Francona also faced struggles in meeting the desires of the Red Sox organization's three owners. This was especially true during the frequent periods when they could not even agree amongst themselves about the best direction for the team.

The book includes many behind-the-scenes stories of well-known players including Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, as well as sneak peeks at the atmosphere in a Major League clubhouse, the relationships built between teammates and the skill it takes to balance the business side of baseball with the emotions of the athletes who are on the field. Francona's language in the book gives the story a locker room feel, and also makes it something you probably won't want to listen to with children in the car.

Today Francona manages the Cleveland Indians club. He began his career in Major League Baseball playing first base in 1981, and played both there and in the outfield for nine seasons. He retired in 1990, and took a job managing at a minor league club. Before accepting the move to Boston, Francona managed the Philadelphia Phillies for four years.

This unabridged audiobook version of Francona: The Red Sox Years includes a bonus interview with Shaughnessy and Francona not available in the print version.

Francona wrote the book with Dan Shaughnessy, a sports writer with a special interest in Boston sports history. In addition to Francona, he has worked on several other books about the Red Sox. These include Reversing the Curse, The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino, At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation, One Strike Away: The story of the 1986 Red Sox and Fenway, Expanded and Updated: A Biography in Words and Pictures.

From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with
the storied Boston Red Sox

From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes readers inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse, from 2004 when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing personalities like Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, working with Theo Epstein and his statistics-driven executives, balancing their data with the emotions of a 25-man roster, and meeting the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way listeners are treated with back-slapping, never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Those eight years were a wild, unforgettable ride, and now the fascinating full story can be told in an audiobook that examines like no other the art of managing in today's game.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Jeff Gurner offers a steady hand throughout a collaboration that has no dull moments…Red Sox fans will enjoy the stories behind some of their team's greatest years. Cleveland Indians fans will love the wonderful insights into their first-year manager. And Gurner's narration will help draw in any person interested in what a manager endures – on and off the field. AudioFile Magazine

  • Even baseball fans who loathe the Boston Red Sox will find it tough to root against former manager Francona… [Gurner's] reading keeps the narrative moving forward, and Francona's story is compelling. All in all, a solid effort that should generate strong demand from baseball fans. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/16/2014

    " If you're a diehard Red Sox fan, I recommend. You get the scoop on the Sox players that were on the team while Francona was at the helm. There are also interesting facts about scouting, sabermetrics, etc... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anika | 2/3/2014

    " Yes, the initial concept of Tito & Dan collaborating was baffling to say the least, but the end result is an informative, highly enjoyable read. As a lifelong Sox fan, Tito had already garnered my eternal affection & respect for his years in Boston, especially '04 & '07. But after finishing the book, I'm an even bigger fan - not enough that I'll be rooting for the Indians, but I hope when he's done in the dugout, he'll go back to the broadcast booth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/3/2014

    " Good read for Sox fans looking for some insights into the nitty gritty behind the Sox and Francona's 8-year run as manager. 3.75 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 2/3/2014

    " If you're a Boston fan and love baseball - then this is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj Ingerson | 1/30/2014

    " A must read if you're a Red Sox fan and want to understand what Terry Francona had to go through to keep the team together to win two World Series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Clemon | 1/29/2014

    " If you are a Red Sox fan, loved the 2004 season, appreciate what Terry Francona did for 8 years and enjoy a look behind the scenes, then this is a most read. I enjoyed reliving the pain and the glory of those 8 years. Thank you Tito. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve de Waard | 1/26/2014

    " life long red sox nation member...this brought a new perspective of how Tito managed this team and the issues that he had to handle. He may be one of the best Sox manager ever...i wish him luck as he leads the Tribe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Stein | 1/17/2014

    " Good read for a Sox fan. I think Terry did it well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Wilkins | 1/14/2014

    " Shaughnessy's writing is more tempered than what usually appears in his column, and the book cements in my mind the feeling that I would love to have been a good enough player to be managed by Francona. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chinacat | 1/6/2014

    " A fun read, but not as good as I expected. It didn't seem particularly well written. The style felt rushed, and a little agenda driven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/25/2013

    " Confirmed the rumors that I had heard and reinforced my opinion, good and bad, on the organization "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Lord | 12/24/2013

    " Both funny and insightful. Interesting history of the last 9 years of Sox history. I took away that Manny was a pain in the ass and a manager spends 90% of his time dealing with the egos of players and owners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/8/2013

    " While it didn't change my mind about Sox ownership or Francona, it was a fun, interesting behind the scenes read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 10/4/2013

    " I did not want to put this down. It was like watching a disaster unfold. Readers got a great look inside the workings of the Red Sox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/19/2013

    " Awesome, from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cole Pouliot | 8/23/2013

    " So good. Must read for any sox fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick Cass | 7/20/2013

    " Much as I dislike the CHB (co-author), there's some good back-room dirt here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 6/11/2013

    " Great insight to the team. Lucchino gets totally killed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Bohn | 5/5/2013

    " Provides some additional insight into those who orchestrated the Sox in the Francona era but doesn't unveil much new info to the informed Boston fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/27/2013

    " Worth reading...what happens when a team exceeds all expectations and then flies too close to the sun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Hahn | 3/10/2013

    " Very insightful. As if Dan was in Titto's pocket for 9 years. Enjoyed all the background info that as a Red Sox fan I wanted to know, but as an out of town fan (Seattle to be specific) I didn't get to know or hear at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jcrane1095 Crane | 2/28/2013

    " Very good telling of the 8 year dominant run of the Red Sox "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Herigan | 2/26/2013

    " Great read if you are a Red Sox fan. Even if you are not a fan of Francona, you will enjoy stories of players and the stories behind winning two World Series. "

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About the Narrator

Jeff Gurner created the title role in the American premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany at Playmakers Rep. He has appeared in productions on and off Broadway such as The Lion King, Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, and Harrigan & Hart. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Hey Joel!, an animated series for VHI.