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Where does The Strangers Who Came Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Possibly top 5. It's not my greatest purchase due to its specificity but it's superb!
What other book might you compare The Strangers Who Came Home to and why?
Perhaps "The Pixar Touch". James Lilywhite, although English and a rival, played an integral part in bringing the Australian team to England and to what would be legendary prominence. In "The Pixar Touch", The team behind Pixar at one point included a founder of rival animation company "Dreamworks", Jeffrey Katzenberg, but in the same way this elevated Pixar as they battled Dreamworks for Animation supremacy as The Australians battled English teams for respect towards Australian cricket.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Coote – was your favorite?
Probably Fred "the demon" Spotheff(spellcheck) because the thought of such a vicious presence in a "gentleman's sport" was fascinating and exciting to me.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, the description of the major injuries suffered by the Australians in-match made me cringe. That was mindboggling.
This is a delightful book. It's a wonderful portrait of international cricket in its early days. We see the way the noble game was played in the 19th century. Lazenby does a great job of bringing the people, places and events alive. There's plenty of color for the non-cricket fan as well and I think this book would appeal to anyone interested in Victorian England. The charm of this book is greatly enhanced by the fantastic narration of Jonathan Coote. He does a wonderful job and does a separate distinct accent for each of the characters.
I hope US Audible will have more of this type of social history dealing with cricket.