This best-selling, highly-acclaimed account is a hilarious but scathing baseball tell-all. After being voted the 1977 American League Cy Young Award winner, Sparky Lyle was rewarded for his efforts by being benched. The Yankees, a leader of free agency, signed Goose Gossage as their closer. Things only went downhill from there and the 1978 season turned out to be one of controversy, firings, fights, and acrimony. In short, it was a zoo.
I love this book but it is because the 1978 Yankees are one of my all time favorite teams. This book was also one of the first long and adult books I read as a kid so revisiting it beings a lot of good memories. Love the book and the story but again there is a tremendous amount of good vibe bias in this review.
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I have had an audible membership for years now and I love sports. I have listened to so many of the baseball books audible has and this is as good as any I have listened to and better than many. It is interesting throughout, not just a guy speeding through names and statistics so fast you feel like you are always missing something. This book has heart, Lyle narrates this story to perfection. He expresses emotion well, and you can begin to imagine what that year with the most storied franchise in professional sports was like.
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Good book. Was so controversial when it came out. Now looking back. It was just a fun book. Sparky reading it made it better. He would laugh telling funny stories. I remember that season like yesterday. I was 10 yrs old and thought those players were gods.
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It's a good read, interesting to learn about the entire team on a personal level. The way the books set up, Lyle goes day by day through the 1978 season, it was a journal that he wrote during the season. Definitely a unique way of telling the story. But the way the books written, with repeats of thoughts from day to day, and the fine details of specific games, I think it would be a better read than a listen (Even though Sparky is the narrator).
Overall though, if you're looking to learn about the inter workings of this team, from Steinbrenner, to Martin, to Jackson, this is the perfect book for you. I wasn't around to watch this team, so all I knew about them were the ways the media portrayed them, and what i've heard from others. I feel like Reggie Jackson is portrayed in an overall good light, and I would never have known the real Reggie if I hadn't read this book.
I remember many of the events of this book. It brought back great memories of my childhood when I loved baseball so much.
This book was a Yankees classic long before the audiobook, and is made even better as an audiobook. Hearing Sparky Lyle narrate The Bronx Zoo is really the apex arrangement for this experience, and he does such a good job. It is almost like Lyle sitting at a bar and telling you about his 1978 season. That is something special, and so is this audiobook.
Right up there with '60 feet 6 inches' as one of the best baseball books ever spoken.
Mr Lyle has a personable voice which brings more value to your listening experience !
You don't have to be a pro to enjoy the clubhouse boys will be boys
Where does The Bronx Zoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
very entertaining, Im a die hard Yankee fan who read this book when it was first published.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bronx Zoo?
That Yankees season was a zoo.
What about Sparky Lyle’s performance did you like?
Having the Author read it was like he was telling the story to you.