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Download We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kadir Nelson Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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We are the ship; all else the sea. - Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the 20th century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an Everyman player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings - breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/10/2014

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantel | 1/30/2014

    " I predict that We are the Ship will win one, if not multiple awards this year. The liberally placed illustrations are literally works of art that stand on their own. The true story of the Negro Baseball League is compelling even for one such as I, who is not a particularly big baseball fan. A winner on many, many levels! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/29/2014

    " Absolutely gorgeous - I would love to own a copy of every single one of the paintings in this stunning book. Nelson's attention to detail, to lighting, to hands is incredible. And the writing itself is wonderful, familiar and inviting and lyrical. Read this book if you are in love with baseball, or beautiful art, or humans and the spirit of hope and love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " I thought this was a beautiful book. The illustrations were amazing. I found the information interesting. It was a little old for my boys, but I think boys around 12-14 who are into baseball would love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/13/2014

    " Joe brought this home from the school library - Thank you Cassandra, Clara and Owen - and we both loved it. The illustrations were so awesome... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 1/10/2014

    " Awesome and amazing pictoral work on a little discussed topic among modern day baseball fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/29/2013

    " Great art coupled with a compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J F | 12/22/2013

    " Enjoyed the narrative of this book -- as the jacket says, it's told from an "everyman" point of view. Stories and recollections put together into a narrative. And who knew there were women who played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 oplkids | 12/13/2013

    " Kadir Nelson tells the story of the Negro Leagues - their founders and players - and illustrates the book with full page painted portraits. He uses the structure of a baseball game -9 innings instead of chapter headings. Chock full of information. "

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

    " Could not put this down! Great nonfiction read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpickering | 4/27/2013

    " This story is a great Informational book about baseball. I love how the author told it as if it was someone telling a story to some one else. I could almost hear someone older of saying Back in my day.... and then telling me all these great facts about baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert W. | 2/14/2013

    " A compelling history of the Negro leagues and the history of racial segregation in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 10/23/2012

    " I read it with my kids last month and while I was prepared for a big snooze, (I am NOT a baseball fan,) WE ARE THE SHIP was fascinating. We loved it so much that it is the book we've selected to give to the school library for Christmas this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/14/2012

    " The story of the creation of the Negro Baseball League. A group of African Americans who love to play baseball, form their own league because they are not allowed to play in the white leagues. Kadir Nelson tells this story through his moving illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolly | 4/13/2012

    " Learned some new historical info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Prosser | 6/7/2011

    " OK, I'm jumping right into the 2008 Caldecotts! This book is beautiful. The artwork is amazing, the players' faces are come off the page alive! The first person narration of this non-fiction book is easily read and will be understood by elementary kids. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/30/2011

    " The pictures in this book are absolutely phenomenal! They add so much to the story of the struggles and triumphs of the Negro baseball league. This is a great book to recommend to a student who loves sports as well as history. It could open their eyes to a whole new part of both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 4/10/2011

    " The artwork in this book is magnificent!
    I was also impressed with the laid-back conversational tone of the writing. It really educated me on the rise and fall of negro-league baseball. This is a very important and informative book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 2/17/2011

    " I gave this book five stars for the rich, emotional and gorgeous illustrations and for Kadir's affectionate view of baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2011

    " We have lots of books about the Negro Leagues in our library, but the illustrations in this one are so visually stunning, we have it propped open for display. Absolutely beautiful and so informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/2/2010

    " I loved this. I don't really have a great interest in baseball, but Nelson definitely made this interesting. Told in first person and with museum-ready paitings, this book helped me develop a love for the history of blacks in baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 11/28/2010

    " Awesome Historical Fiction. Love the sports connection and real life situations. Oil painted illustrations were fantastic. The whole voice of the stories made me feel like I was sitting there listening to them tell their stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/28/2010

    " THE MOST AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL BOOK EVER!! The pictures are gorgeous-breathtaking. And the slang in the words are incredible and heart warming. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    -Negro Black History baseball
    -Black History Month? "

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About the Author
Author Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, including Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, and Just the Two of Us by Will Smith. He lives in San Diego, California.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of fifteen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.