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Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game.

In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some 15 years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes.

Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.

©2011 Ian O'Connor (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Butter
  • 09-05-2014

Great book, terrible narrator.

What did you love best about The Captain?

I loved reading about the clubhouse dynamics. It's a great insight for someone who hasnt been too deep in sports.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator of the book clearly has no knowledge of baseball or the athletes. The worst part of the narration was the constant mispronouncing of the athlete's names and mispronouncing basic baseball terms. The producer of the audio book should also be responsible for this terrible narration. I hope it gets re-released with a narrator who can properly pronounce the prominent and well known baseball names that are mentioned in this book.

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  • Jacob Garrison
  • 20-02-2016

Names on audio book

The speaker is obviously not a baseball fan. He said numerous names incorrectly throughout the book.

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  • Randi
  • 12-05-2014

Story is really good, narration was horrible

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not, I would tell them to wait for the authorized Derek Jeter Biography where a narrator with a clue about baseball, and its players is available to read. It really took so much away from the story to listen to so many mis-pronounced (well known in the baseball world) names.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Pollifrone’s performances?

I guess so, it is not his fault the story was not produced better. Someone should have realized that there were so many mis-pronounced names and had it corrected.

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  • Cameron Gordon
  • 29-03-2021

Good book, bad read

Unfortunately, the narrator is clearly not a sports fan and his near constant mispronouncation of various names is maddening. Also, he emphasizes the "at" in "at-bat," which is jarring.

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  • Stephanie Mains
  • 12-04-2021

Derek Jeter - Class Act

I really liked this book and hearing about Jeter’s behind the scenes story. I did notice many mispronunciations of some of the MLB players...Pujols, Teixeira and Sabathia to make a few but overall it was well read and a good story!!

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  • CS
  • 27-03-2021

One complaint

The guy reading this book mispronounced at least 10 ball players names. It was cringeworthy. Like how do you mispronounce CC Sabathia and Robin Yount?

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  • Timothy J Gunn
  • 21-06-2020

Great listen but...

Just have someone with a baseball background review it first. I can’t believe how many times Player’s names were pronounced wrong. Meinkowitz? Witasik? Do better!

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  • FUDGE
  • 24-02-2020

Good content, poor narration

Had a tough time getting into the details with constant mispronunciation of ballplayers names

Some of the other baseball related details like win loss records were also odd from this narrator and overall I felt it reduced my enjoyment of a very entertaining story

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  • Jordan Stinziano
  • 03-01-2020

Book is great, Narrator is terrible.

As so many other reviews have said, the book is excellent. The narrator is terrible. I cannot imagine how this ever was released.

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  • Jeremy Ryan Slate
  • 01-11-2019

Great writer bad narrator

This is the second book of Ian’s that I have read and he’s an incredible writer, such insight, great story weaving.

Now the narrator on the other hand, it’s painfully obvious he’s never watched a baseball game in his life. The poor pronunciation of baseball, terms, scores and stats. Now the pronunciation of player names? It’s so bad that it took me a second to realize what players he was even talking about. To quote Charles Barkley: “Turrible.”

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  • A Miller
  • 02-12-2013

Sheds light on of one the yankees finest

Would you consider the audio edition of The Captain to be better than the print version?

Have not read the hardcopy so couldn't comment.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

One thing I've found good is how humbling Derek jeter appears to be in the book. It sounds like he has always grown up loving the game and still plays for the love of the game. It also shows that if you want something you can go and get it if you want it enough. It has made me look at Derek in a new light and respect him both as an athlete and a person

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