Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.
How do we evaluate the Hit King now, at a time when steroid cheats appear on the Hall of Fame ballot even as Rose is denied? What do we make of this happily unrepentant gambler, this shameless but beguiling showman whose post-baseball journey has led him to a curious reality show and to the streets of Cooperstown to hawk his signature, his story, himself?
Best-selling author Kostya Kennedy delivers an evocative answer in his fascinating re-examination of Pete Rose's life; from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy to the man we find today--still incorrigible, still adored by many. Where has his improbable saga landed him in the redefined, post-steroid world? Do we feel any differently about Pete Rose today? Should we?
©2014 Kostya Kennedy (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport--Liebling, Angell--it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about." (Richard Ford)
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"Good book, not so good production."
It would be nice if the producers took the time and effort to pronounce baseball players names correctly.
"Worst narrator ever"
The story's was excellent and appeared to be very well researched giving us a good insight into Pete Rose. Very compelling read.
The narrator was horrible. The story was great. The delivery was maddening, scores of mispronounced names. This is unacceptable. He couldn't even pronounce the name of the current commissioner of baseball correctly. Bud Sell'-ig. What a joke.
This greatly detracted from the story. Where did they find this guy? The worst I have ever heard.
Anger, due to the horrible delivery
Don't ever use this narrator again. He either doesn't care to take his job seriously or those who should have been checking on him should be fired. I wish I had read this great book instead of fuming over the presentation.
"Ben Bartolone--narrator--is terrible"
Bartolone ruined this book for me. Consistently mispronounces names. Leo Durocher (Da-row-sher, not Due-row-shay), Maury Wills (wills, not will-is).
"Narration and Mispronunciation Reduces my Rating"
I am a big Pete Rose fan and feel that Mr. Kennedy treated him fairly and objectively.
Becoming the all time hits leader and leading the Big Red Machine
Very little as he apparently knows nothing about baseball. He totally butchered the names of many of the players names in the story. I can't believe someone didn't listen to this before is it released as it ruins the story for me. He called Bill Mazeroski (for example) Bill
"Mazurksi" to name a few. One of the poorest narration jobs ever and I have listened to approximately 500 + Audible books over the years.
There were many such moments in the book.
Again, good book hurt by poor narration
"Good Story Terrible Narraration"
I listened to this book in my car during a daily 2 hour commute. The story itself was enjoyable, but the horrendous narration made remaining engaged in the book very difficult when combined with focusing on the road.
The book needs a narrarator with more passion for the story and the ability to pronounce names. From Durocher to Selig to Oester, it was awful how many times names were botched. It truly drowned out a reasonably entertaining book.
See my comments on the story. The narration ruined this book.
If but for the narration, yes.
"Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)"
A great athlete with a great flaw
This was a great back story and a great current story of Pete Rose
It is really grating in books about sports when the narrator mispronounces pretty famous names. For instance, the narrator calls Leo Durocher (correctly pronounced Doo-ro-sher) Doo-Rosh-Shay. It is not french. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the producer. There are numerous mispronunciations of names. Not the first time in a sports book, and certainly won't be the last.
Yes- It is a quick read.
"great book, easy listening, entertaining, A+++++"
great reading and overall entertaining story, would recommend to any baseball fan, very informative and easy to follow, good job guys!
I am not a huge Pete Rose fan, but I enjoyed the story. It was mainly biographical, but it did touch on the question of whether his permanent ban was too harsh. I found his story interesting, as he is a character.
Regarding the gambling issue, I don't like that his story changed and he made excuses. Still, I think his punishment was too harsh. It is up to the fans whether they want to see him again or not in my opinion. I also think he should have gotten a shot on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. After all, his gambling didn't change his ability to play the game like the steroid users. There was a good argument made that I hadn't thought of; on nights he didn't bet on his team, did he have inside information? And did his failure to bet signal others not to bet? Interesting issue but I come down on the side of evaluating for what he did on the field and for the fans.
The narrator's voice isn't bad but his rhythm is horrendous. Narration should always include homework on the proper pronunciation of the baseball players names. However the author seems to have few problems with sentence structure and flow of the story. It is fine to jump back and forth between past and present but is should be done selectively and/pr structurally. In addition the issues in Rose's life.are jumping all over the place without such structure and seem to be jumbled. Also These issues affected my overall enjoyment of the listening experience however I did rate the story as 5* because I like the Pete Rose story and the detail of such. Fortunately I am a fan of Pete Rose and therefore am familiar with the story other wise I do not think I could have gotten through the book relative to the issues stated above.
In a perfect world I would have liked to hear Bronson Pinchot
In retrospect...it is 10.5 hrs I will never get back
It is unlikely I will ever purchase another book by the author but would be willing to try the narrator again if he learns the art of narration. As previously stated I believe he has a good voice for certain types of books
"I still don't know what to think of him"
About average. The narrator goes a little too quickly and doesn't always pause to let some information sink in.
The story seems to skim over major events like, leaving The Reds and returning
The characters were easy enough to follow
An All American Story
This was overall a very interesting book. The author doesn't take sides and it is left up to the listener to make up their own mind and it is very difficult to decide if he is a victim or villan
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