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Download The Boys of Summer: The Classic Narrative of Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field, Covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and What's Happened to Everybody Since Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Boys of Summer: The Classic Narrative of Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field, Covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and Whats Happened to Everybody Since Audiobook, by Roger Kahn
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Kahn Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781423377726
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This is an audiobook about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is an audiobook by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is an audiobook about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love.

“A work of high purpose and poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports.” —James Michener

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/31/2014

    " One of the better sports books that I have read, though it wouldn't take much to win that honor. Sports books, for me, are often as bad as sports movies, most of which are terrible. This one, however, starts so strongly as a memoir that even as it tails off in the end, I find it hard to criticize it. The "where are they now" aspect probably hurts this book ultimately, as I was not alive in '72 when the book was initially published, so I find myself reaching for where they are NOW. Carl Erskine's relationship with his son, along with Jackie Robinson and the dynamic with Branch Rickey is something special to behold. If you are a fan of baseball nostalgia, like I am, then pick this up. If not, maybe skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 1/28/2014

    " it's about baseball - enough said! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/19/2014

    " got me through another winter month without baseball. rich, deep, well-researched history of the men who changed baseball forever and the world too. Jackie Robinson should be posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/16/2014

    " If you have any affection for baseball, this book is wonderful. It really makes you think about male relationships and how sports (particularly the American-ness of baseball) brings people together. Lovely prose and great remembrances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/30/2013

    " Great introduction, and some really great parts, but a little dated for my taste. Good book but I've enjoyed other baseball books more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " This book has been on my list FOREVER! Feels great to say I actually read it. It was interesting to read about the Brooklyn Dodgers in all their glory! The last half of the book was somewhat sad as a lot of thus "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George King | 12/25/2013

    " The Brooklyn Dodgers--my boyhood idols! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/9/2013

    " These were the Dodgers I remember, so I loved the book. And I'll probably read a lot of the biographies of the players in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Smith | 12/4/2013

    " A classic baseball book, but much more than that. It is really a nostalgic look back at what it was like to grow up in post-war America, when baseball was king. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/20/2013

    " Just a lovely, beautifully written book. One of my grandpa's favorite players was Roy Campanella (gramps was a catcher, too, arguably the hardest position in baseball and most unsung) so it means more to me on that level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TG | 11/18/2013

    " One of the top ten books I've ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 10/11/2013

    " Brooklyn Dodgers and being a baseball fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arne | 10/3/2013

    " Some chapters were good, some a little dry. A Flame of Pure Fire by Kahn is much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/5/2013

    " The best book on Baseball. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 6/7/2012

    " Ok, two Dodger books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allein | 9/10/2011

    " Classic feel good book about baseball, fathers, and sons. Oh, and Jackie Robinson finds his way into a chapter or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Robbins | 6/9/2011

    " Maybe the best baseball book ever -- among extraordinary competition. For me, this book spurred a lifelong infatuation with baseball writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Wrubel | 1/11/2011

    " Still the finest baseball book ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Pearson | 8/19/2010

    " I loved this book. So easy to read with interesting people, and an important period in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bobby mccormick | 7/17/2010

    " not just for baseball fans, but surely for them, a journey into the inner soul, good and bad. its a compilation of letters and that style works in this case. enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 10/31/2009

    " This book was an interesting look at baseball from the side of the reporter. However, as it progressed it became more about the strained relationship between the author and his father and was not presented very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Kaufman | 9/21/2009

    " I love baseball books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kistemann | 4/8/2009

    " Starts off great, leads off into the life of each Dodger not a lot of detail but good general information. Ending not that great "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.