Bums

  • by Peter Golenbock
  • Narrated by Raymond Todd
  • 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans. Dodgers legends such as Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ralph Branca, and many others recall in their own words the ups and downs of that unforgettable ball club.

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What the Critics Say

"An era is brought to life with remarkable, consistent passion." (Newsweek)
"Revealing...memorable...reminiscences about the most beloved baseball team of all time." (New York Times)


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A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!

WOW, this was just nothing short of a complete history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Every Dodger fan should add this to their library. Every Giants, Yankees or just plain baseball fan needs to add this book/audiobook.

Just don't think it is actually the old geezers doing any of the audio...most of them are, well, no longer with us...but included are comments and even several pages of commentary by the all time great players.

The reader is well spoken and carries a nice pace to his reading. It takes a bit to catch on to the style/format of the book itself but once you do it's a smooth listen.

I found this at the perfect time for getting revved up for the baseball season...

While there are not any really adult sections there are a few that younger kids might ask questions about, so if you want your kid to listen be aware a few passages might be a tad off color but nothing horrible and nowhere near as bad as they hear on the playground every day.

With that I recommend it as a gift for your son or daughter too! Probably age 12 and up to really understand enough of the book especially the times of Jackie Robinson.
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- Karen

Can't believe how much I enjoyed this

There's a reason that 95% of my credits go towards thrillers and suspense books ... because there's nothing more boring than a bland documentary. This is the complete opposite. It was a collection of great stories, interesting items, and enough rich detail to understand what it was like to live in that era. It starts with the early years, and Ebbitts stealthfully buying undesirable land for Ebbitts Field ... when Brooklyn was mostly farms and land (hard to imagine). Then it takes you through 50 years of this country's history, with several significant moments. Sometimes we forget about what it was like in the 40's and 50's.. when there were few choices for sports and radio channels, before TV took off. How the entire neighborhood followed the team and the game was on everyone's radio. The narration is a good fit as well. Well worth the credit.
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- Hermano

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.