The Big Bam

  • by Leigh Montville
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville, whose recent New York Times best-selling biography of Ted Williams garnered glowing reviews and offered an exceptionally intimate look at Williams's life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe. Based on newly discovered documents and interviews, including pages from Ruth's personal scrapbooks, The Big Bam traces Ruth's life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore to his brash entrance into professional baseball, from Boston to New York and into the record books as the world's most explosive slugger and cultural luminary.
At a time when modern baseball is grappling with hyper-inflated salaries, free agency, and assorted controversies, The Big Bam brings back the pure glory days of the game. Leigh Montville operates at the peak of his abilities, exploring Babe Ruth in a way that intimately, and poignantly, illuminates a most remarkable figure.

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the Babe in all his humanity and presence

I found this book to to be refreshing and thoughtfully written. I like the premise that the author Leigh Montville uses to let us have a glimps into the life that was Babe Ruth.

The life of Babe Ruth has always been one of great memories for me as I had the stories told to me by my father about Babe and the New York Yankees. To this day the goose bumps arise when I recall the hundreds of different stories I was told by my father about the Babe !!

This book re-woke many of those memories of my childhood, my father, and of course the Babe!!

This is a terrific read and I must highly recommend this book for your enjoyment. There will never be another Babe !!

Baseball then and now - NO comparison!!
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- Peter

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What made the experience of listening to The Big Bam the most enjoyable?

This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed the Narrater Adam Grupper his voice was smooth and easy to listen to!


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Bam?

The book covered many things that I did not know about the Babe and for that reason it was work listening to.


Have you listened to any of Adam Grupper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to Grupper, and I found him one of the best I have heard so far!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I found myself not wanting to stop


Any additional comments?

All in all a great listen, but I wish it would have covered more. It seemed to me that it rushed through his early years to fast. Short read.

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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio