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Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game.

In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some 15 years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes.

Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.

©2011 Ian O'Connor (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • A Miller
  • BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 02-12-13

Sheds light on of one the yankees finest

Would you consider the audio edition of The Captain to be better than the print version?

Have not read the hardcopy so couldn't comment.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

One thing I've found good is how humbling Derek jeter appears to be in the book. It sounds like he has always grown up loving the game and still plays for the love of the game. It also shows that if you want something you can go and get it if you want it enough. It has made me look at Derek in a new light and respect him both as an athlete and a person

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  • Jacob Garrison
  • 20-02-16

Names on audio book

The speaker is obviously not a baseball fan. He said numerous names incorrectly throughout the book.

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  • Butter
  • 09-05-14

Great book, terrible narrator.

What did you love best about The Captain?

I loved reading about the clubhouse dynamics. It's a great insight for someone who hasnt been too deep in sports.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator of the book clearly has no knowledge of baseball or the athletes. The worst part of the narration was the constant mispronouncing of the athlete's names and mispronouncing basic baseball terms. The producer of the audio book should also be responsible for this terrible narration. I hope it gets re-released with a narrator who can properly pronounce the prominent and well known baseball names that are mentioned in this book.

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  • Toni
  • 12-05-14

Story is really good, narration was horrible

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not, I would tell them to wait for the authorized Derek Jeter Biography where a narrator with a clue about baseball, and its players is available to read. It really took so much away from the story to listen to so many mis-pronounced (well known in the baseball world) names.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Pollifrone’s performances?

I guess so, it is not his fault the story was not produced better. Someone should have realized that there were so many mis-pronounced names and had it corrected.

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  • S. Ryan
  • 02-05-18

At least he pronounced Jeter correctly

The content of the book was excellent and very well done. I am more of a Red Sox fan than a Yankees fan and I have a new found respect for Derek Jeter.

Nick Pollifrone doesn’t have a foreign accent but I would question if he is American. He has no idea how to look up pronunciation keys for baseball names but he also butchered the name of the captain of the 1980 Gold Medal winning Hockey team. At what point does he ask for help? At what point does somebody hear the hack job and do something about it? It was so bad and frequent it took away from my enjoyment of the book.

I generally get baseball books with my audible credits and this was by far the worst narration I have ever experienced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

As expected from the captain

I am more than satisfied being able to hear one of the greatest ball players biography. I am so glad that I grew up in the decades that he was the captain of my team. I can only imagine the amount of people that look up to him in this manner as I do. His book Why is everything that I expected , great job guys.

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  • Bruce Fairclough
  • 10-10-17

Narrator lacks baseball knowledge!

Love Jeter and loved the story. I don't know who the narrator is or who produced this audio, but the lack of baseball and player knowledge was very disappointing. He continually mispronounced many of the players's names and clearly demonstrated a lack of baseball terminology. (i.e. If the team has a 67-70 record, its record is, "67 and 70." It is not, "67 to 70." To do the story justice, such fundamental terminology should be known or take the time to learn it, please!

Sabathia = "Sa-BATH-ee uh." Not "Sa-BAY-ee uh."

Texiera = "Te-SHER-uh." Not "Tex-sher-uh."

(And there's MANY more of these...)

Otherwise... its a great story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-17

The captain

Growing up in a small town in South Carolina only team to Root for was the Atlanta braves. I grew up to hate the New York mets and Yankees. But one man stood out to me in the pinstripe and that was Jeter. This book just gave me more respect for the captain

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  • VINCENT KENNEY
  • 20-03-17

Good Shortstop

Derek jeter is Good Shortstop but I found him to be very full of himself! He was in a Altercation with the Catcher of the Toronto Blu jays and he wouldn't forgive the guy after he apologized twice to him twice When Alex Rodriguez came to New York he knew Alex was a Better all around Shortstop but would not move over to third base for the good of the team! And when he was up in age forced the Yankees to pay him big money for his past work! I'm sorry People can like him I don't

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  • Donald D. Destino
  • 23-08-16

Good book. Narrator has never watched a baseball game.

Enjoyed the book. O'Conner is very balanced. Distracting that the narrator mispronounced EVERY name it was possible to mispronounce.

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  • Phillip P. Gager
  • 24-07-16

Unprepared narrator or director.

The narrator mispronounced several names and botched box score types of terms. He was not prepared.