The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams Audiobook, by Ben Bradlee Play Audiobook Sample

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams Audiobook

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams Audiobook, by Ben Bradlee Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dave Mallow Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 23.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 17.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478925170

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Longest Chapter Length:

130:18 minutes

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07:44 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

58:43 minutes

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From acclaimed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. comes the epic biography of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams that baseball fans have been waiting for. Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him -- and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America -- and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not. The Kid is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee's marvelous book clears the fences, too.

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“Any time an author sets out to write a definitive biography, expect many layers to be peeled back from the subject’s life. Ben Bradlee Jr. does that admirably in this exhaustive book about one of baseball’s greatest hitters. Narrator Dave Mallow keeps a steady pace while maintaining a consistent tone for the listener…He brings to life the angry quotes and commentary that capture the ballplayer’s bitterness toward many people, especially sportswriters. In the end, the listener is left with a well-told story about an imperfect man.”

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  • Nominated for the 2013 Plutarch Award for Best Biography of the Year

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About Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. Among his animation credits are the voice of Baboo in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; Angemon, Gekkomon, and Uppamon in Digimon: Digital Monsters; and Akuma in Street Fighter.