Blockade Billy

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Craig Wasson
  • 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of Blockade Billy, the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game.
Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William Blockade Billy Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first - and only - player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history.
Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.

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What the Critics Say

"Blockade Billy works as well as it does for a couple of reasons. The first is the narrative voice that King has conjured up for Granny Grantham. Funny, sharply observant and casually profane, it is the voice of a quintessential baseball insider who happens to be a natural raconteur. Equally important is the lovingly detailed evocation of the game as it was played in 1957…King's descriptions of these tough, hard-bitten men and the hardscrabble contests they engaged in add both a dash of nostalgia and a touch of gritty reality to this dark, absorbing portrait of a vanished era." (The Washington Post)
"As King's fiction goes, this suspenseful short is a deftly executed suicide squeeze, with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home." (Publishers Weekly)

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Baseball fans will want to read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this to a friend, because it was an engaging and well-narrated story.


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

I think Billy's story was the most interesting. Perhaps less interesting were some of the baseball facts. Necessary, but not necessarily interesting.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the narrator was a good choice. There wasn't anything I disliked.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely.


Any additional comments?

If you like baseball, you'll enjoy a good ball story with that eerie Stephen King twist.

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- Talia

Very good short stories

Blockade Billy was a very good, fast paced story that I enjoyed very much. I am a Stephen King fan and with the exception of the ending to Blockade, which I found brief and somewhat anticlimactic, there were unique elements in the story that I thought were terrific. Morality was equally good, a little shocking and scary, as you would expect. Overall very good and enjoyable stories.
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- Ron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-25-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio