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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Moore, Gary W. Moore Narrator: Toby Moore, Gary W. Moore Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781608143375
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Gene Moore, from tiny Sesser, Illinois, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940, at the young age of 15. His future in the major leagues was cut short by World War II, and Gene spent several years overseas in the Navy’s touring baseball team, entertaining troops in the European theatre. Later, the team was assigned to guard a select group of German prisoners in Louisiana. The story of the relationship that developed between the prisoners and their guards is a fascinating one.

When Gene is finally able to return home to Illinois, he is “on crutches, depressed and embarrassed,” holing up in the local bar and prompting one bartender to lament, “He’s become one of us, when we were hoping he would make us like him.” Gene’s story from promise to despair and back again—as told by his son, author Gary Moore—retains every bit of its vitality and relevance, demonstrating that sometimes, letting go of a dream is the only way to discover one’s great fortune.

Driven by word of mouth and the author's heroic efforts to tell the world his father's story, Playing with the Enemy was a surprise hardcover hit for its independent publisher. Filled with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country's history, it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gene’s story, a surprising paean to the power and humanity of a game, is told here by his son, a first-time author who exhibits the confidence and pacing of a pro.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fascinating…a moving profile of one nearly unknown member of the Greatest Generation.”

    Booklist

  • “A true story of one man’s reaching out to the enemy during a very dark time in our history. Gene Moore and his fellow sailors teach all of us that compassion and tolerance exist, especially when the bridge builder happens to be that great American pastime: baseball. History and baseball buffs alike will revel in this episode of man’s ability to reach out, even during a time of war.”

    Gerald R. Molen, Academy Award–winning producer of Schindler’s List

  • Playing with the Enemy is a story of the American Dream—the power, the pain, the sacrifice, the triumph, and most of all, the heart. It’s about making peace with your enemies and, in Gene Moore’s case, the story of a man learning to make pace with himself. A great read.”

    James Riordan, New York Times bestselling author of Break on Through: The Life & Death of Jim Morrison

  • “Gary Moore’s touching book about his father’s baseball career reminds us that life is all about second chances and people inspiring each other to chase their dreams…I loved Playing with the Enemy. You will, too.”

    Jim Morris, former pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/17/2014

    " This was a heart wrenching true story told by a son that had no idea about what his father went through and his god given abilities to play baseball. I first heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the radio the story sounded intriguing. The book is well written and the story is not just about baseball but the things that we have in common. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 2/8/2014

    " I did some research into some of the characters in the book and unfortunately could not find much about them. Someone did some detailed research and questions a fair bit as to the accuracy of what was written. Nevertheless it does speak to vanquished dreams and overcoming the hand that life deals you all in the context of baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muffintop | 2/7/2014

    " Didn't think I would like this book because I had to read it for school but I really got into this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/4/2014

    " Awesome baseball and WW II, could not put it down, true story, loved it. Starts in Illinois! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting and quick read, love those kind of books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/21/2014

    " I think this was supposed to be an inspiring book but the word I would use is "tragic." I am so glad Heinrich came and put things into perspective for Gene. It was an extremely interesting story though, I really like it. Nice recommendation Spence. "

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

    " RFL 2013 I found Gene Moore's story very interesting. I found the writing to be sentimental (and why wouldn't it be as it was written by his son and not a professional writer?). Having read Unbroken this past year, it's just hard to read another WWII narrative without comparison and this just isn't the same league of writing. However, I will recommend this to students who like baseball and/or history as the story is different and sometimes it's good for kids to read about people whose dreams aren't quite fulfilled in the way they had hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Percifield | 1/18/2014

    " Full of life lessons, a heartwarming book about universal human nature, even among those of different sides in a war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/13/2014

    " The author, Gary Moore, tells the story of his dad, a baseball prodigy and a WWII veteran. Gary finally heard his dad's story the night before he died. This is a very moving biography and in the end depicts what is really important in life. "

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

    " This was one of the best books I've read in a while. It helps that I love baseball, but it was really a book about how to overcome disappointment, and it was a great true story. Fairly well-written too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/29/2013

    " An absolute awesome read, could not put down! Also, I am not a sports or baseball fan, but this book is well worth taking a chance on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/27/2013

    " This will make a good movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting story...but not the best writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/14/2013

    " Despite the fact that I am not "into" war or sports, I found this an excellent book to read. The story is true and told with compassion. It's a beautiful study of true humanity at a difficult time in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Irwin | 11/4/2013

    " Great! A story that waited decades to be told... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristram | 7/7/2013

    " A timeless classic. Have Kleenex nearby. Seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 5/28/2013

    " So informative about the baseball in the 40s and how one person comes to terms with a life altering injury. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 2/27/2013

    " Learn about your family's life; something deadly could happen to anyone at any time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/18/2012

    " I learned a lot about baseball (never knew a catcher was so important) and history in this true story of a baseball prodigy and why he never made it in the majors. He finally found his calling, but it was hard work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 7/21/2012

    " Very good book about baseball, fathers and sons, and brothers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spence | 7/18/2012

    " Great non-fiction book. Maybe one of the better books I've read. If you like baseball at all and WWII history this is a great book for you. Mild swearing but other then that, you could read this to your kids at bedtime (okay maybe not). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Miles | 5/30/2012

    " A fun read. The story is lively. The book is well-, though not expertly-, written. My son bought this for me, hitting on two of my favorite book subjects: baseball and WWII. It is tough to go wrong with that combination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Frelander | 5/12/2012

    " This is a true story about how helping someone help someone else is the best form of redemption. The best catching prospect signed by the Dodgers, then gets drafted into WWII. He returns from the war completely different "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliann | 11/18/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I never thought I would enjoy a book about baseball and WWII. Wonderful story about personal strength and friendship. Beautify crafted. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 9/9/2011

    " Very interesting book! Almost sounds like a novel, rather than a biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/30/2011

    " This was a fun audiobook to go through. I liked the reading style, and the story was near. What a pleasant surprise that I had gone on a tour of the U-boat mentioned in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 3/30/2011

    " A fun read. The story is lively. The book is well-, though not expertly-, written. My son bought this for me, hitting on two of my favorite book subjects: baseball and WWII. It is tough to go wrong with that combination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliann | 2/18/2010

    " I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I never thought I would enjoy a book about baseball and WWII. Wonderful story about personal strength and friendship. Beautify crafted. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 9/27/2009

    " Very good book about baseball, fathers and sons, and brothers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 9/22/2009

    " Learn about your family's life; something deadly could happen to anyone at any time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/2/2009

    " This will make a good movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D | 6/8/2009

    " Not particularly well written but it was a good baseball story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/27/2009

    " I learned a lot about baseball (never knew a catcher was so important) and history in this true story of a baseball prodigy and why he never made it in the majors. He finally found his calling, but it was hard work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 4/4/2009

    " The author, Gary Moore, tells the story of his dad, a baseball prodigy and a WWII veteran. Gary finally heard his dad's story the night before he died. This is a very moving biography and in the end depicts what is really important in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 11/27/2008

    " So informative about the baseball in the 40s and how one person comes to terms with a life altering injury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/10/2008

    " Despite the fact that I am not "into" war or sports, I found this an excellent book to read. The story is true and told with compassion. It's a beautiful study of true humanity at a difficult time in history. "

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