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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Darryl Brock Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the golden age of baseball, Havana Heat transports readers to 1911 America, where real-life pitcher Luther “Dummy” Taylor is trying to work his arm back into fighting shape. Though deaf, Taylor helped lead John McGraw’s New York Giants to the pennant, winning 115 games between 1900 and 1908. But an injury relegates him to the minors, and he dreams of one last shot at the big leagues while on a barnstorming trip to Cuba.

There, while he faces off against the tough Havana teams, Taylor meets a deaf Cuban boy with a spectacular pitching arm. In young Luis, Taylor sees his chance for redemption—and a way to win them both Giants uniforms. But baseball’s changing politics and growing unrest in Cuba threaten his plans and force him to confront the choices that have brought him to this crossroads in his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast-paced, savvy, and sensitive…Baseball fiction at a level all baseball fiction should reach.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Vivid…profound.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Poignant and humorous…Moves with the crispness of a perfectly turned double play.”

    Cincinnati Post

  • “A terrific…novel that just happens to be about baseball.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 10/1/2013

    " Yet another terrific baseball novel by Darryl Brock. An historical novel that captures the look and feel of baseball in the early part of the twentieth century, and has the added wrinkle of involving Cuba and a main character who does not hear or speak. Currently out of print, regrettably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paige | 5/16/2012

    " I know nothing about the Cuban culture and this was really interesting, as well as fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jorge | 4/6/2009

    " A great Summer novel for baseball fans. Well written and exciting. Gives you a glimpse of Major League baseball and Cuba in the early 1900's. "

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About the Author

Darryl Brock authored the highly acclaimed novel If I Never Get Back, as well as articles on Mark Twain, baseball, and other subjects in numerous publications. Brock lives with his wife in Berkeley, California.