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The Captain

The Journey of Derek Jeter
Narrated by: Nick Pollifrone
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
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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  • 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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  • Justin Fisher
  • 06-01-19

Narrator not my favorite

You can tell that the narrator doesn't have much baseball knowledge because of some of the terminology and names he says incorrectly. Ex: he says a team with a record of 34-12 would have a record of "34 to 12". Overall a great listen, but I would have rather had a different narrator.

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  • Christopher J. O'Bryan-Pitcher
  • 26-12-18

Well told, but now incomplete -Narration lacking<br />

This well informed biography is now incomplete., but covers the story of the Yankees' greatest shortstop quite well right up until it stops.

While told with great love and understanding of the game, the narration is sadly lacking and stilted. The last two hours of the book were particularly excruciating, as the narrator stumbled over multiple player names and manager names, which was remarkably distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-18

Very bad narrator, needs to be redone

Narrator can't pronounce player names and mixes up simple baseball lingo often (such as scores, counts, and records).

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  • nickv
  • 06-11-18

The Performance Ruined This Book

Nick Pollifrone, the narrator, obviously has zero baseball knowledge. The amount of names and baseball terms that he mispronounced was embarrassing. I was cringing each time attempted to pronounce Doug Mientkiewicz or CC Sabathia. It’s fine to not be into baseball, or whatever topic that you’re narrating, but please take some pride in your work and do some research before your final performance. Pollifrone’s performance was awful.

As for Ian O’Connors biography, all I can say is “meh”. It’s tough to write a bio about a subject who won’t interview for the book and lives such a private life. That being said, there were some decent tidbits in there, but they were surrounded by a lot of fluff. Overall, I wasn’t impressed and I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.

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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, &quot;67 and 70.&quot; It is not, &quot;67 to 70.&quot; To do the story justice, such fundamental terminology should be known or take the time to learn it, please!

Sabathia = &quot;Sa-BATH-ee uh.&quot; Not &quot;Sa-BAY-ee uh.&quot;

Texiera = &quot;Te-SHER-uh.&quot; Not &quot;Tex-sher-uh.&quot;

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

Otherwise... its a great story!