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Publisher's Summary

A contemporary American classic - a poignant and hilarious tale of baseball, hero worship, eccentric behavior, and unlikely friendship

Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third basemen for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.

©1998, 2008 Steve Kluger (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Bartleby the Scrivener
  • 31-12-2019

So good, so sad!

I adore this book, but it breaks my heart every time I hear it! I'll listen again and again, though!

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  • KellysHero718
  • 25-12-2019

What an Achievement

Wow. A brilliant and nearly flawless account of childhood heroes and dreams come true and humor, subtle and bold. The story flows superbly on written accounts by all participants, completely engaging, wholly satisfying. Narrator was excellent, too.

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  • Maryb
  • 19-09-2019

A must read!

Loved, loved this book. At first I thought the narrator wasn’t going to cut it, but the more you listen the clearer it becomes that he was perfect for this book! This heartfelt story will have you laughing and crying at the same time. And if you haven’t read Steve Kluger’s other book on Audible, My Most Excellent Year, read that one too!!!

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  • Eddie38
  • 30-05-2019

BRILLIANT!

By far one of the most innovative coming of age stories ever written and brouggt to life with a solid narrative performance. This book is stylized but comes off remarkably well as an audiobook. You'll laugh, you'll cry amd you will want more. I understand this book is being made into a Broadway musical. I cannot wait!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK. The story is one of the best ever and when you theow in baseball as well? A HOME RUN!

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  • Lindsey Marie Toth
  • 15-05-2019

Great Novel, Chamberlain is the best

Really enjoyed the book through letters and bulletins. It has some funny moments to. The author wrote it well and Chamberlain delivery’s again.

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  • HMM
  • 04-07-2019

hilarious

Joey is hilarious and kept me reading for quite a while. Every paragraph is a read text, which took me some time to get used to. I struggled with the narration, every character having the same voice and often the read texts didn't start with who was writing.
But once I understood it is not a romance, I lost my enthusiasm. The story goes out like a candle: slowly losing light and ending in a puff of smoke.

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