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Author: W. P. Kinsella Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781481557191
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Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale on love and the power dreams have to make people come alive.

“Shoeless Joe” is the great Joe Jackson, one of the eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were banned from baseball for throwing the World Series. One day, while out in his cornfield, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the voice of a baseball announcer saying, “If you build it, he will come.” “He,” of course, is Ray’s hero, Joe Jackson. “It” is a baseball stadium, which Ray carves out of his cornfield. In doing this, he also inadvertently provides us with an amazing and somewhat nostalgic story on America's perhaps most beloved national pastimes, baseball.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wild…romantic…unconventional…A triumph of hope.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Not so much about baseball as it is about dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel…Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need.”, editorial review

  • “[Grover Gardner’s] unobtrusive reading lets the full color of the words speak for themselves.” 

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award Fellowship Award

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 6/7/2011

    " Way too treacly for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shorel | 5/23/2011

    " The source of "Field of Dreams". A quick, warm, good-feeling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/24/2011

    " Love you, Iowa. Hate you, magical realism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 3/24/2011

    " It was interesting to read this after watching "Field of Dreams" several times. It was an enjoyable sports book, and I think it helped me enjoy the movie even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/4/2011

    " I read the book 20 years ago, well before the movie was made. While I liked the movie, it lack the sense of magic that was present in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/24/2011

    " Wonderful story. It's fun to see how it compares to the movie, "Field of Dreams", which is one of my favorite movies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichole | 2/7/2011

    " k, I'll be nice and give it two stars. I didn't really enjoy the book. The movie that it's based off, Field of Dreams with Kevin costner, I'd stick with the movie. It was an ok book, but it was too wordy for me. I would stick with the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/3/2011

    " I loved reading this book. Kinsella's writing style is beautiful! There are a few more characters than in the movie and the characters are more developed. I hope to find more of Kinsella's books. We bought this copy, used, on Amazon, for one cent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " This book was the basis of the Field of Dreams. I enjoyed reading it with my family. "

About the Author

W. P. Kinsella, recipient of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, is the author of numerous novels and highly acclaimed short-story collections. In 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, their highest civilian honor. He currently lives in Yale, British Columbia, with his wife, Barbara.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.