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The Captain

The Journey of Derek Jeter
Narrated by: Nick Pollifrone
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Elizabeth
  • 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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  • Jeremy Ryan Slate
  • 01-11-19

Great writer bad narrator

This is the second book of Ian’s that I have read and he’s an incredible writer, such insight, great story weaving.

Now the narrator on the other hand, it’s painfully obvious he’s never watched a baseball game in his life. The poor pronunciation of baseball, terms, scores and stats. Now the pronunciation of player names? It’s so bad that it took me a second to realize what players he was even talking about. To quote Charles Barkley: “Turrible.”

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  • Ez family
  • 27-08-19

Narrator... please do your homework

The content of the book is very good. I learned a lot as I suspected I would. It was very distracting that the narrator did not take the time to learn correct pronunciation of very common baseball names, terms, etc... His voice and pace are very pleasant and easy to listen to, but it was shocking to me that 1. He did not concern himself with speaking to his audience (fans of baseball) and 2. There was no "editor" who cared to explain baseball terms to him or correct his"Google maps" pronunciation of well known baseball names. That took away from the reading for me.

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  • Robert G Alfano
  • 17-08-19

Baseball fans will cringe with the narration

I am a huge baseball fan. I am even a bigger Yankees fan as a born and raised NYer.

It’s hard to write a book about the captain that I wouldn’t enjoy. That said, if it wasn’t for the allure of the content I would have abandoned this. One of my biggest problems with the writing is that the author sometimes provides too much detail about a story. I typically listen when I drive and there were times I forgot the point of a passage because of all that detail.

But my biggest gripe is with the narrator. It’s obvious that he doesn’t know anything about baseball because of the way he interprets the book. Forget about all the mispronounced names! If you are going to narrate a book with lots of baseball terms and players names you should do your homework to make sure you can pronounce them correctly.

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  • Alexander
  • 08-08-19

Great story, poor read through

There are dozens of names dropped in this book, and the reader butchers many of them. Get someone to read the book who is knowledgeable on the topic. Very good read through otherwise.

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  • Cool Breeze
  • 01-08-19

I want my money back for this horrible narration

Good story but the narrator is THE WORST I have ever heard, and I listen to tons of audio books. Obviously knows nothing about baseball. Repeatedly says “the team’s record was 52 to 36 instead of 52 AND 36. Mispronunciation of every important name almost. This guy obviously knows nothing whatsoever about baseball. Why couldn’t they have stopped the recording and corrected him? Unacceptable.

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  • Jonathan
  • 29-06-19

Every baseball father should listen with their child

My 12 year old son & I listen to this on the ways to practice & games. I couldn’t have been prouder of watching my son’s transition throughout the season. He begin relating to the struggles Jeter had in the game, but embracing Jeter’s ability to fight through it. Then to watch him to be able to put the team first. Just so many life lessons in baseball & outlined so well in this book.

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  • Dan Harris
  • 12-05-19

Great book for Yankee and Baseball fans

The book itself is excellent. Well written and offering many tales I previously did not know about one of the players I grew up loving. The character portrayals in the wider game of baseball are also wonderful.

The narrator is not bad in terms of his reading, but they really should have gotten a baseball fan to read it. He butchers major names in the game (Pujols with a strong J, Teixeira with a pronounced X etc). He even doesn’t know how to read a record, calling it 92 to 50 instead of 92 and 50 and so on. But it’s a mild annoyance that doesn’t kill the book as some narrators can.