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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (905 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. P. Kinsella Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781470834463
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Gideon Clarke is a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world, as his father tried before him, that the world-champion Chicago Cubs traveled to Onamata, Iowa, in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against all-stars from the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, an amateur league. The game, which was to be short, pleasant, and, the Cubs thought, one-sided, turned into a titanic battle of over two thousand innings, played mostly in the pouring rain. This game is not on the record books. No one remembers it or the Confederacy. But Gideon Clarke knows it happened, and he is determined to set the record straight.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 2/18/2014

    " I read this book during a marvelous college class about baseball, literature, art, statistics and how to effectively heckle a Yankees fan. I love this book and though I agree with others that the last 3rd of the book gets a little wordy and may be in need of some editing, the magic of the book carries it through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2014

    " About a baseball game only two men remember anything about (including the stats, scores and players), but which was never recorded in written history... Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 2/14/2014

    " Simply put, the best baseball fiction there is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/6/2014

    " Fun to read about early baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Dickie | 2/5/2014

    " I loved Shoeless Joe and when this one appeared on our staff favorites shelf, I grabbed it. It is a strangely compelling story of a baseball game that "never" happened, but was really a titanic battle of wills. It goes even farther out there than Shoeless Joe and not quite as heartwarming, but still a really good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/1/2014

    " What a fun book! Also a bit confusing, however. I really loved all of the baseball + time travel + historical figures (Teddy Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci). But some of the other characters, such as Sunny, bothered me, and I didn't get the thing about Sarah getting stuck. The ending kind of lost me. Still, left me feeling pretty happy with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S Pat | 1/28/2014

    " I purchased this book based on the movie Field of Dreams. So, it's not exactly what the movie was based on - that was Shoeless Joe. I couldn't afford Shoeless Joe, so I bought this one instead. Same author AND it's about baseball... so, it'll drive me to tears and reduce me to some quivering emotional mass. So, not really... however, the book does offer up some magical realism in slow pitch softball form. The depiction of a 2,000 inning game are glorious... it truly is a game that has not changed in a century. The story lost me in the alternate reality and I didn't quite under the connection between Gideon and the Indian. It's a novel that I will have to revisit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gannon Pitre | 1/27/2014

    " Simple pleasure for a summer afternoon. If you like baseball and magic, you'll enjoy it. If you don't like baseball and magic, stay away. Not from the book--from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liesl | 1/26/2014

    " Loved the baseball basis, the magic/spiritual part, not so much. I'm more than willing to suspend belief, but the last half of the book was just way to disjointed for me. That being said, if you love baseball it's still a good bit of fun. "

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

    " A little fantasy in the baseball world. A fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlis | 1/2/2014

    " This is rather an odd baseball book. It is rather mystical yet it still shows the roots of the game and how people love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Witt | 12/28/2013

    " I like all of Kinsella's baseball fiction, but this is my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/28/2013

    " I love baseball, and if you do, too, this is a must read. Fictional story of the dedicated players and fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Chaotic Reader | 12/27/2013

    " Kinsella is the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of baseball. The way he weaves words together to frame the national pastime and the American heartland in magical realism is beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walker | 12/22/2013

    " Like the game that is its centerpiece, this novel carries on...and on (maybe that's the point). Kinsella is a gifted writer, but like Shoeless Joe, this book could use a hard edit in the final third of the narrative. That said, if you like baseball, it's worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 11/13/2013

    " An absolutely amazing book for anyone with a passion for baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Peterson | 10/24/2013

    " Interesting story about a neverending game of baseball, Teddy Roosevelt, and Native Americans. From the author who brought you the idea behind Field of Dreams, this book is bubblegum sports fiction but is interesting enough to merit 4 stars (as long as it's a vacation read). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davelowusa | 8/17/2013

    " It can't be easy to combine baseball, time travel, Indian lore, biblical allusions, magical realism, and romance into one novel without it being a big pile of shit. But this novel accomplishes the feat, making it look easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joslyn | 5/1/2013

    " i'm not even a baseball fan, but this tale of myth & near-magic was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverlee | 4/29/2013

    " Odd book that was ok - it really could have been great because it was magical and funny but it had just a few too many sub themes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/14/2013

    " Gets 4 stars because it was so odd . . . and kind of magical. Can't say I "really liked it" but can say it wasn't what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay B. | 2/22/2013

    " This book reminds me a bit of the movie Big Fish. The writing is great and the story focuses on characters with baseball as a backdrop, not a focus. Quick read, fun story - overall a good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Mccarthy | 2/5/2013

    " The first 50 pages are the kind of perfection that makes you hold your breath. The rest of the book takes you home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dallas | 10/5/2012

    " A game of 2000 innings and a Big Indian... Angels in the graveyard and an albino protagonist. This is magical surrealism at its most wonderful. "Shoeless Joe" was a wonderful magical and popular book. This will never be so popular, but it contains some of his finest writing. "

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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 eight hundred 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 thirty-seven Earphones Awards.