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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Curt Smith Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455197101
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Since 1950, the instantly recognizable voice of Vin Scully has invited listeners to “pull up a chair” for his peerless play-by-play sports reporting. Recruited and mentored by the legendary Red Barber, Scully has narrated NBC Television’s Game of the Week, twelve All-Star Games, eighteen no-hitters, and twenty-five World Series, describing players from Duke Snider to Orel Hershiser to Manny Ramirez, with hundreds in between. Scully has made every sportscasting Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Emmy Achievement award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and been named the Sportscaster of the Twentieth Century by the American Sportscasters Association. This long overdue first biography of Vin Scully is written by Curt Smith, called “the voice of authority on baseball broadcasting.” (USA Today)

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting and exquisitely reported.”

    Washington Post

  • “Vin Scully’s career as the voice of the Dodgers—from Brooklyn to Los Angeles—covers more than half-a-century. The award-winning, often-emulated announcer, in his gentle way, has been a consistent companion for generations of baseball fans…Don Leslie…doesn’t try to imitate Scully and only subtly mimics a few voices. Mostly, he, too, is a companion, guiding the listener through the story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 5/12/2012

    " The book is enjoyable, especially if you are a Dodger baseball fan, however, the author's style is somewhat fragmented and hard to follow which detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book which is well-researched and very factual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon Sunde | 4/21/2012

    " Could have been so much better had it not been written by "The Expert". Very disjointed with flowery language not really befitting the subject matter ... an accomplished author that believes himself capable of being the star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue Kliewer | 3/22/2012

    " This is one of the most poorly written books I've ever read. It is one of the rare books I didn't finish, even though I admire Vin and still listen to him whenever he announces a Dodger game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Stonehouse | 3/24/2011

    " The subject should have made this a great book, and for a certain mindset I'm sure it was. But the emotionality was not there for me, perhaps because the sound of Scully cannot be described in words on paper. I still recommend the book about an American institution now gone global due to technology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/19/2010

    " I am a huge Vin Scully fan, but I found this biography deeply unsatisfying. The author did little but quote from Scully and describe the various Dodger seasons which he announced. I got very little insight into Scully the man, and I found the style of the book disjointed and not a little irritating. "

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About the Author

Curt Smith is the author of twelve sports books, including the classic Voices of The Game, The Voice: Mel Allen’s Untold Story, and Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball’s 101 All-Time Best Announcers. He is a GateHouse Media columnist, XM Satellite Radio and National Public Radio affiliate host, and former speechwriter to President George H. W. Bush. He has written for, among others, Newsweek, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and the Washington Post. A senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, he lives in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.