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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,045 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Malamud Narrator: Christopher Hurt Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud's first novel is still one of the best ever written about baseball. His story of a superbly gifted natural at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era is invested with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all of his best work.

First published in 1952, this novel has since become an American classic. Five decades later, Alfred Kazin's comment still holds true: Malamud has done something which, now that he has done it!, looks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tim | 2/19/2014

    " Really inconsistent writing, a lot of pulp fiction kinda drama, and not nearly enough about baseball. I know this has been called the best baseball book ever, but i liked Shoeless Joe much more. I suppose all the fisher king/arthurian themes are what draw people to it, and get it taught in school, but the story and the characters were just not likeable enough for me. In my opinion, the title of best baseball book ever is still up for grabs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ori | 2/13/2014

    " Every boy who loves baseball should read this, then be confused by the sexual themes, and then watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/1/2014

    " Not as uplifting as the movie... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randal | 1/29/2014

    " The best baseball novel? Possibly. I would vote for W.P. Kinsella, maybe one or two others, but it's right up there. Like all good writing about baseball, it's really about life and death, fame, sex, ambition, power ... and oh yeah, there's a game going on. "

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