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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Pollack Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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1937. The gears of world war have begun to grind, but Inky Lautman, star point guard for the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, America's greatest basketball team, is dealing with his own problems. His coach has unwittingly incurred a massive gambling debt to the Bund, a group of American Nazis. His main basketball rival is self-righteously leading public protests against homegrown American fascism. It's more than Inky can deliver. He just wants to play ball and occasionally beat people up for money. When the Bund comes calling for what it's owed, Inky has to make a stand for his ragtag bunch of teammates and the coach that got them into this mess. With the Bund closing in, Inky's game isn't just basketball anymore. It becomes a battle that pits Jewish pride against Nazi fascism. The tides of history are flowing against a guy like Inky. Can he make his free throws and still make it through the season alive? Get ready. This...is Jewball.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn Rose | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. It's a fast, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/18/2013

    " A great novel that combines history, sociology, and sports. It tells the tale of a young Jewish basketball star in the 1930's, a time when Jews actually dominated the sport of basketball, who gets caught up in love, the Nazi rise to power, and his own ego. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 12/11/2013

    " More like 2.5 really. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliabednar | 12/11/2013

    " Fun insight into a area I knew nothing about: the Jewish contribution to basketball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting book about a part of hisotry I didn't knw about - both about basketball history, and about American fascism. I enjoyed the characters, and the setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 12/2/2013

    " A fast-paced, funny yarn (mostly based on true events) about an all Jewish basketball team in the late 1930's US and their encounters with fascists, mobsters, and dilettantes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jalene | 12/2/2013

    " Fun, well-paced and an intriguing story. It's no 'war and peace' but it's an entertaining piece of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregory | 9/15/2013

    " I thought the book was disappointing. Too light on basketball and to heavy on the rest of the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Trentham | 8/30/2013

    " A good quick read. There probably aren't too many historical fiction books about basketball in the 1930s. I didn't know much about the basketball history or the history of the Bund and the rise of Nazism in the US prior to World War 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 7/3/2013

    " A catchy noir underdog story... fast-paced and really witty. I didn't even mind that it was about sports! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/21/2013

    " Better than expected. Starts out strong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 4/18/2013

    " Enjoyed this. Good story told with a nod towards classic crime noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 4/17/2013

    " Though the title is slightly offensive, its an interesting historical fiction account of prejudice and life in America before world war ii. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 4/7/2013

    " The only basketball noir story I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 3/14/2013

    " Straight-to-Amazon published, Jewball's plot was as surprising as its title. Filled with characters based on real people, but placed in fictional situations, the book reads quick and maintains your interest in its truthiness. Give it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed it, interesting characters and an interesting context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/21/2013

    " Hilarious and gripping. A great read even if you care nothing about basketball "

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About the Author
Author Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack is the author of several acclaimed books of satirical fiction and nonfiction, including the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, as well as Doward-Facing Death and Alternadad. A contributor to many magazines, newspapers, and websites, he also keeps a semidaily blog at www.NealPollack.com, and is a certified yoga instructor, the lead singer of The Neal Pollack Invasion, and a roller-derby announcer.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.