The Sportswriter : Frank Bascombe

  • by Richard Ford
  • Narrated by Richard Poe
  • Series: Frank Bascombe
  • 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his modern classic Independence Day. In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.


What the Critics Say

"Powerful....So pliant and persuasive that we are instantly drawn into his story." (The New York Times)
"Among the best realist American writers today." (Publishers Weekly)


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This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. For one, the narration is perfect. My only exposure to Richard Ford was short stories. I liked this book very much and I can say I don't know any other writer who writes like him. He slows down to lay out the history and his philosophy on every character and event. It's like watching someone crack a hardboiled egg and pull off a tiny shell fragment at a time.
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- chris

The best part of The Sportswriter

The best part was that it finally ended. I kept telling myself that it would eventually become good, or at least interesting. But alas, it just finally ended. I can't believe there's two more books with this lead character. I can believe I won't be listening to them. BTW, nice job by the narrator though.
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- Greg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books