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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.
©1988 Richard Ford (P)2007 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 03-22-08

wonderful

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Oma on 03-04-13

Bold writing: Strong on Character, not Story

What made the experience of listening to The Sportswriter the most enjoyable?

The author is a bold, clear writer with an ability to paint a great portrait. The narrator was well suited to the task.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with more of a story.

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

I thought he seemed genuine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found it hard to understand both as a woman and as a person who values conflict resolution. While the character is strong, the internal conflict slides away into what? A person who seems to drift through his life, with seemingly little consciousness of the potential for transcendence. Frustrating.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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