- The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
- Narrated by: Dave Mallow
- Length: 35 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-12-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him - and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography reveals.
Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America - and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
The Kid is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee's marvelous book clears the fences, too.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Amazon Customer on 21-01-14
Would you listen to The Kid again? Why?
Having heard about the focus and determination of "the kid" in the book, "The Genius In All Of Us", I was intrigued. I am not a baseball fan, but found this book presented a hardworking, but damaged, youth and how that life with its sad beginning and tragic family manipulation played out publicly through the game of baseball and fame.
What did you like best about this story?
The well detailed history and research of a fascinating life.
What does Dave Mallow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
There are so many details in this long story that I do not believe I would have stuck with the book. But having it read to me by such a competent performer made it compelling and memorable.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Ted was just a human being.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By bob on 03-02-14
The story of a great ball player and flawed man
When this book came out I was excited as a Red Sox fan and a history buff. I was not disappointed. Long, rich story of a man whose life bridged many of historical milestones of the last century. I would highly recommend.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful