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This book grabs you from the opening line and draws you in further all along the way. The author, Todd Walton, is a gifted reader as well as writer. It's much more than a sports story. I loved it!
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I loved the movie and although reading a book after "watching the movie" can be a little difficult because of the changes/edits made by screenwriters, listening to Roary (actually Todd on the audio) talk about himself and thinking aloud really brings you closer to the character and more inside his head than the movie. Comparing the movie with the book is like comparing someone's "outside" with their "inside". There is more inside. I especially love the character depictions, interactions, and the people and places Todd Walton created. The book and the characters are more complex than the movie as you would expect. But that is a shortcoming of movies in general. I don't think it can be any other way. As much as I loved the movie (it's one of my all time favorites), the ending seemed tacked on when I watched it the first few times. Don't expect that Hollywood Ending in the book. Those endings are for movies. Instead, expect a very intense and heartfelt depiction of Roary, Jerry and crew that is so remarkable, it jumped out at and was recognized by a talent like Richard Donner. The book brings you "way" inside moves. I am looking forward to the next Todd Walton book on audible.com.