• by John Grisham
  • Narrated by John Grisham
  • 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007.

Neely Crenshaw was once star quarterback for Messina High School's football team. His playing days ended with a sickening injury. Afterwards his life went nowhere: his marriage foundered and his real estate business drifted. For fifteen years he's been trying to forget his glorious past as sporting hero but hasn't been able to move on. But now the man who moulded him, Coach Eddie Rake, is dying and Neely returns to Messina. Rake has acted as football coach for 34 years at Messina High; his teams have won 13 state championships and been on an 84 game unbeaten streak. The town idolizes him. Players old and young have returned to pay their respects. Neely congregates with them on the bleachers as they wait for Rake to finally pass away. It is in the many conversations and revelations that follow that Neely can confront what his explosive relationship with Rake really meant to him and, in the moment of loss, find redemption.


What the Critics Say

"I defy even the hardest jock not to shed a tear." (Daily Mirror [London])


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What an annoying voice

I really should listen to the previews before purchasing the books. This book is read by the author. I think he should stick to writing!
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- Aileen

the bleachers

i have read this a bit per day i thought it was good but i did not understand it as much untill i listen to it in all at once because reading it is using my thoughts not the authors! but listening is the author's thoughts and experiences.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2005
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks