Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. Now, in Pedro, the charismatic and always colorful pitcher opens up for the first time to tell his remarkable story.
In Pedro we relive it all in Technicolor brightness, from his hardscrabble days in the minor leagues clawing for respect to his early days in lonely Montreal, where he first struggled with the reputation of being a headhunter, to his legendary run with the Red Sox when start after start he dazzled with his pitching genius to his twilight years on the mound as he put the finishing touches on a body of work that made him an icon.
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Entertaining story is marred by subpar narration
Entertaining, refreshing, candid
I read Francona, written by the former Red Sox and current Cleveland Indians manager and by Dan Shaughnessy. Francona Shaughnessy offered a very entertaining, well-written and insightful look at eight years of recent Red Sox history. The narration was superb. Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman write an excellent book together, a book that is full of drama, excitement, silliness, and terrific anecdotes. Again, however, the narration is problematic.
Were I to choose a narrator for Pedro, I might have check into the availability of Bob Ryan, whose narration of his own book Scribe was superb. I am certain that Paul Michael Garcia is a good narrator in general. The problem here is that he appears to be out of his element. He does not appear to know baseball and often makes errors and how he reads scores, statistics, and the like.
The book made me laugh. It conveyed very well the combination of personality characteristics found in the Hall of Fame pitcher. His humor, his sensitivity, his ego (understandably somewhat inflated), and especially his love for the game come across very well in this book.
While I know this is unlikely to happen, I would beg for publishers and Audible to invest in a new narration of this book. My apologies to Michael Paul Garcia.
- Kindle Customer
great book narration drags in some spots