The Art of Fielding
- Narrated by: Holter Graham
- Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-27-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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After his throw threatens to ruin his roommate Owen’s future, Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his; while Mike Schwartz, the team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. Keeping a keen eye on them all, college president Guert Affenlight, a long time bachelor, falls unexpectedly and dangerously in love, much to the surprise of his daughter, Pella, who has returned to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warm-hearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment – to oneself and to others.
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By Helen on 12-05-12
Not just for baseball fans!
As a Brit with no knowledge of Baseball I was a little sceptical about this book but having read some great reviews in the UK press I wanted to give it a try. I am a great fan of American Literature and I find that having a great narrator really makes or breaks a book for me, in this book Holter Graham is spot on for me.
I love the way Harbach is able to wind his way around life drawing us into the characters and through this thread in the baseball elements and make is so very readable/listenable. It reminds me a lot of John Irving (of whom I am big fan) and that is a great plus.
I liked the suspense Harbach uses in some key moments and didn't myself find this too contrived - don't want to add any spoilers so you'll have to listen to the book to find out how the plot unravels and the story ends.
I loved some of the names of the characters too - Henry Scrimshander, Guert Affenlight, Chef Spirodocus, Pella etc, very inventive.
All in all, a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed!
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By swimmerpaul on 02-07-12
Get this its a great listen
This book will be a classic a great listen a book you will go back to time and time again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Aspiring Bookworm on 04-14-13
A surprising book.
I really enjoyed this book even though I knew nothing about baseball and wasn't interested in it. It is a story of what can happen when one realises personal greatness but how inexperience and naivety can impede its progression. The characters are very real and the human stories both tragic and believable. There are many people's individual lives here which all implicate on each other. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I would recommend trying it.
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