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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Chabon Narrator: Michael Chabon Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This novel, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is a wondrous tale of magic, fairies, growing up, heroism, and baseball. Michael's Chabon's vague dreams of being a writer began when he was reading J.R.R. Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander. His latest book (a fantasy for all ages) is set against a background of American myth.

It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or ferishers, as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

Ethan hates baseball and wants to quit his losing team, the Beavers. Jennifer T. Rideout loves baseball and won't let him quit. As the two are tested, various characters and places figure in the action: werefoxes, Indians and Indian mythology, sasquatches, wendigos, Alaska, and the haunted, 161-year-old husk of George Armstrong Custer. A widower's heart heals as his airship conquers the northern sky. A burned-out Colombian slugger finds redemption. Jennifer T. turns out to be a champion, too, and Ethan becomes who he is: a changeling, a hero, and even a man.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mk | 2/18/2014

    " A fantasy book that gave me a bit more of an understanding of why my father loves baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dagezi | 2/15/2014

    " I think this is the best thing Chabon has ever written. Probably not for everyone though. Coyote, Axes Mundi, Stadiums built from the bones of giants, fairy ballplayers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " A delightful mish-mash of a lot of genres and myths. Chabon clearly deeply loves baseball (and deeply hates the designated-hitter rule) and combines that with some Native American and Norse mythology, the hero quest, some Irish folklore, and a dash of Narnia. Good fun all round with a solid emotional core, though probably even more enjoyable if you care about baseball, which I don't. I like fairies and Sasquatches, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony | 2/7/2014

    " This book was about a guy who hated baseball but finds out it ain't so bad after all. The only reason he had to go play baseball was because the little league having their playoffs summerlands needed a substitute and he was there only choice. As you reach the climax or middle you will learn plenty of changes about Ethan and his attitude towards summerland and baseball.The ending is amazingly surprisingly I just thought that the indians he meets or the players make you get confused with who's who since there are strangers and the people on the team.I recommend it to teenagers because people feel like they can't accomplish anything when there's overloaded work but using this mentor text is like the key to survival in completing what you thought you could never accomplish. Just like Ethan learned a new personality or trait and interest about himself that makes him unique and he finally figures out an important symbol that's recessive inside him. "

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