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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (662 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mal Peet Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455800704
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In a small newspaper office in South America, Paul Faustino, a veteran sports reporter, begins an exclusive interview with El Gato, the World Cup-winning soccer phenom. Over the course of the long night, El Gato tells the story of how an unspectacular teenager in a poor logging town became the world's most accomplished goalkeeper. It is a tale filled with tension, hunger, and magic, set in a mythic corner of the jungle. But above all it is a tale about El Gato's ghostly, but very real mentor: the Keeper.

“A well-written, fast-paced sports story that addresses far more than just the sport itself.” —School Library Journal

“This haunting tale is full of sports action.… An unusual and compelling story.” —KLIATT

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Excellent. Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand-alone as well. My favorite "soccer fiction" book. "

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

    " Magical realism in a YA book? Unusual, but true. Slow start, but must-reading for soccer fanatics and magical realism (set in So. America... where else?) fans. Well-written for a YA book (some of which are quick and dirty these days). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shazarah | 1/26/2014

    " this book was a fantastic piece of literature it made it mre realistic putting it more like an interview than an actual story its the first of its kind that i ever read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 1/24/2014

    " This book left me oddly ambivalent. Is it a masterpiece or a pretentious fraud? Whereas I didn't really enjoy it (despite my love of soccer) while reading it, I find it haunts me. I have The Penalty on my bookshelf, ready to follow Paul Gaudino with his journalistic career into the magical realms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/14/2014

    " I thought this book was very inspiring to soccer players, and it was interesting to hear about how he became such a great goalie, or "keeper". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie Upchurch | 1/13/2014

    " amazing soccer story :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barker | 1/5/2014

    " Great story for good young readers (at least 7th grade level) and up through adult. Loved the soccer tale and how the Keeper is portrayed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giacomo Gorini | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this book was very interesting and kept me engaged throughout the whole story. I like the fiction to it and I would recommend this book to many of the people my age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/4/2014

    " This book is an excellent sports book that keeps you wondering all the way to the end. If you love soccer and have a fascination and understanding for the South American countries/culture, you will truly appreciate and enjoy this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 11/28/2013

    " I like playing soccer so when I seen the cover of the book it caught my attention.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matias Galarce | 11/12/2013

    " Amazing book, everyone must read this. No matter what is your favorite sport. Although it is mostly about soccer. Anyone should and could read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/4/2013

    " Outstanding mix of sport and mysticism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 10/27/2013

    " Wow, what a story. Devoured this one in a single sitting. Was actually a little disappointed when it ended, because there was no more book. It will be one that I read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rohan | 7/30/2013

    " whoa. this book was the first book in the pula faustino series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivey | 6/17/2013

    " This book was amazing. It storyline is set in the jungle with a young boy who goes up to be a world cup winner. And I loved the book because it has an interesting twist. I am trying not to give it away!!! I also play soccer and it did help me to learn more about being in the goal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 8/2/2012

    " This book centers around a soccer goalie, and I still really liked it. That is saying something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/18/2012

    " Not at all what I thought, but it was a nice story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 2/13/2012

    " The keeper, by paul Fastino is a book about how El Gatto ( the cat) single handedly took his took to World cup finals. i found this book quite inspirational because from being a nobody to the world's greatest goal keeper made me think that i too could do that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Auburnchick | 6/8/2011

    " LOVED this book! There was a nice twist at the end. Very well written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonah | 4/22/2011

    " This book was great. It was especially good for young soccer "addicts" like me. Go FC BARCELONA!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/20/2011

    " This book is an excellent sports book that keeps you wondering all the way to the end. If you love soccer and have a fascination and understanding for the South American countries/culture, you will truly appreciate and enjoy this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/4/2011

    " great book .. and I don't even like soccer! Excuse me, fútbol. Well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/29/2010

    " Great book about soccer which I don't care for and life which I do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 9/20/2010

    " this book is about the best goal keeper in the world and his road of becoming a goal keeper. Ive learned that what you need could be right in front of your eyes u just have to look for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiefer | 6/14/2010

    " One of the best books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amara | 2/27/2010

    " Totally one of my faborites. I laughed I cried. I loved it. Truley touching. "

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About the Author
Author Mal Peet

Mal Peet (1947–2015) was the much-acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar, as well as three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.