Where Nobody Knows Your Name

  • by John Feinstein
  • Narrated by John Feinstein
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new audiobook, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.
Where Nobody Knows Your Name takes listeners inside the gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world of Triple-A baseball, which serves simultaneously as a launching pad for superstar careers and as a crash-landing pad for stars who have fallen. Introducing us to eight men - two pitchers, three position players, two managers, and one umpire - Feinstein tells the riveting stories of those who are on the cusp of greatness . . . and those who have toiled and come so close, just waiting for the call from the big-league teams that will make their dreams a reality.
From Raleigh to Lehigh Valley, from Indianapolis to Pawtucket, Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, giving readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen.


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Living on the Cusp of a Dream

No one is better at providing an inside look at a sport than John Feinstein. He does an excellent job at narrating his book, with a fire and enthusiasm you would not find with most of the whitebread narrators on audible who would ruin this audiobook.

He provides just the right mix of background, anecdotes and quotes. You can feel the pressure on these guys to perform, to make it to the BIGS, to THE SHOW. A lot a minor leaguers drop out relatively soon after starting; once it becomes apparent they will never make it, they decide it's time to stop playing a game and move on with their lives. This book is primarily about Triple A (AAA) minor league players and teams.

These are the guys who have been in THE SHOW and are back, or guys who have played for years and years on the cusp of a dream on the verge of either giving up because of age or injuries and moving on or playing one last year to get a shot at a slot on the expanded September MLB rosters.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball (on whatever level it's played).
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- W Perry Hall ""There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays"

A great way to start the season!

I was drawn to this title simply put, because I'm a baseball fan and was looking for something to kick-start the 2014 season. I just finished "56" and can only say...I was underwhelmed! Reading about 'Joltin' Joe just didn't do it for me. Where Nobody Knows your name peaked my interest because I've always been fascinated by the minor leagues having done my very best as a younger man to get there myself.

I'f you're not a baseball fan or have never played the game at a competitive level, you'll never know what boys will do to make it in the game and to keep the dream alive. And I'm not just talking about the players. I was an NCAA umpire for many years. In 2009 I made a trip to Tucson for Umpire camp where I had the privilege of meeting Umpire Mark Lollo, one of the people featured in the book. He was an excellent instructor and always had time to explain what he knew about officiating. You could really tell he loved the game. Feinstein does an excellent job sharing this insight along with the countless others (players) featured inside.

Though I never played nor umpired professionally, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of those who have. A few were really good, and some, not so. But they all had the same drive to do what they had to do to stay in the game and make the dream of playing a kids game for money last as long as possible. The author is able to keep the reader turning pages with the countless anecdotes of those fortunate few. And he does a great job in narrating too!

If you are like me and are looking for a way to start the season off or you just want a very good book about the side of baseball where every player starts, but is rarely written about, then don't hesitate in adding this title to your library. Enjoy the season!
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- Rick "Rick H."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio