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Ok, I admit it, I'm not really a big baseball fan. Football is more my style as it is much more fast-paced, and there aren't generally big lulls in the action like one gets in baseball. That being said, I will admit to turning on quite a few Red Sox games and watching them play it out - especially during the playoffs - and biting my nails and cheering for this team that has been drowning in a "curse" for decades. I can relate to the mood swings of Red Sox fans since I'm from Chicago and have watched the Cubs suffer the same fate for years.
When I first started listening to this book, I felt a bit like a moron because I wasn't as educated in the sport as long-time fanatics, and I only knew a few players by name. I had a hard time keeping track of what team was doing what as the diaries of the games were being read. BUT, I didn't give up on the book, and I'm very glad I didn't. As it moved along through the season, the commentary and heartfelt excitement and anguish comes through from these two die-hard fans. A lot of it is very amusing and entertaining, and even if you're not a baseball fan, you WILL be caught up in this.
Stephen King is a master writer with a great sense of detail and a knack for coming up with the most hilarious commentary. O'Nan is a very detail oriented compliment to him in this book.
If you like sports AT ALL or if you can relate to the drama of what a sports fan can endure, you'll love this book. You may even consider watching a little baseball next summer - I know I will.
The narrators are FANTASTIC which is SO important when listening to any book. Ron McClarty is one of my faves anyway, so I was thrilled he was involved with this. Do pick up "Faithful" and forget the nasty weather that winter brings. You will smell the summer wind and hear the crack of the bat, and you will be.. faithful.
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I listened to <B><U>Faithful</U></B> for one reason, probably the same reason you will hear this great chronicle of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. The reason: Stephen King is one of the authors. This and <B><U>On Writing</B> A Memoir of the Craft</U> are two examples of my favorite Stephen King - unfiltered; pure King without the screen of fictional characters behind which he normally stands.
<B><U>Faithful</U></B> is funny, sad, and ultimately triumphant, as we knew that it must be. Knowing the outcome is part of the fun in reading this book as we look into the personal past of both Stewart O'Nan and King, who refers to his readers in the future knowing the outcome. King says that the format of the book, a series of journal-type entries and e-mail conversations between the authors, is the only way that it could possibly work. He is right, it works brilliantly. Listeners will be delighted by the frustrations of and observations made by these two inconsolable, long-suffering Sox fans as they head into an unknown future where their suffering will end in the miraculous eight game sweep that closed out the 2004 baseball season.
Not to be overlooked, Stewart O'Nan's writing is a wonderful compliment to King's, carrying much of the action in fine detail. His BP notes are great.
Narration is provided by Adam Grupper doing O'Nan and Ron McLarty speaking for King. Grupper is a terrific find and I hope to hear more from him soon. McLarty is a great author in his own right. His novel, <B><U>The Memory of Running</U></B> was revealed in King's Entertainment Weekly column and is a must own selection from audible.
Also recommended non-fiction with Stephen King on Audible: <B><U>The Wavedancer Benefit</U></B>, <B><U>Bag of Bone's</U></B> which includes a terrific inteview with the author, <B><U>Building Bridges:</B> Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards</U>, and <B><U>Writers Speak:</B> A Collection of Interviews with Writers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.</U>
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