• The Captain

  • The Journey of Derek Jeter
  • By: Ian O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Nick Pollifrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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

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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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I thought the story was great and for the most part the narrator's voice was good. However, he was destroying names of baseball players throughout the book. My suggestion is, next time, do some research and find out how to say the players names. every time I heard it, I cringed and shook my head

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Great Book, Not Narrator

The book does a great job providing insight into Derek Heater’s motivation to be the best. It describes how he fulfilled goal after goal throughout his life and career. It gets into his relationships with Yankee management, his teammates, and his opponents.

Unfortunately, the narrator knows nothing about baseball. His continuous mispronunciation of ball player names and game scenarios is very distracting. When you can’t correctly pronounce the last names of stars like Robin Yount, Mark Texeira, and several others, you’ve never followed baseball. If you describe pitch counts and won-loss records as if they’re scores (2 to 1 or 62 to 100), you’ve never followed baseball.

One would think the publisher would want to show more respect to the author and the subject by ensuring the narrator understood baseball.

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Good book, bad read

Unfortunately, the narrator is clearly not a sports fan and his near constant mispronouncation of various names is maddening. Also, he emphasizes the "at" in "at-bat," which is jarring.

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Excellent Work

Phenomenal job at giving an inside look at the very private world of Derek Jeter. Jeter is a class act on and off the field and I’m a Red Sox fan. Jeter’s hard work, physical and mental toughness is a masterclass in becoming a HOF player and a great human being. My only complaint about this book is the constant butchering of the numerous well known MLB players names in the book. It’s not just a couple names. It’s several well established MLB players names. Just a pet peeve of mine.

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Narrators need to understand the subject matter

The story of Derek Jeter is a great one and is authored well, with many names and unnamed sources. However, it is overshadowed by this narrator’s lack of familiarity with baseball terms, player names, and overall lingo. I got past it through the first few gaffs, but as it continued, it became a big, distraction waiting for the next one to drop.

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Great story, awful narration

As a guardians fan, I spent a good chunk of my life rooting against Derek Jeter. During this time, I also admired him from afar, and his everlasting composure, grace and leadership. I will take any chance to peel back the curtain and see what the greatest players do.
The narration was terrible. At least he pronounced Jeter and Torre correctly. As irritating as it was when he mispronounced the name of the greatest college basketball coach of all time (WOO den), he also mispronounced the names of baseball all time greats (Robin YOOnt) (Albert PaHOLss). Records of teams (3 to 1) and scores of games (5 and 1) were flipped. The story outweighs the narration, but it’s a grind to get past it.

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Very good, but...

The book is really good and informative. However, the narrator NEEDS to learn how to pronounce the players names correctly. He butchered Yount, Sabathia, Pujols, Sciosca and a plethora of other names. He's very good at narrating however, the mispronouncing of names takes away from the story at times I still highly recommend it.

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  • A Miller
  • 12-02-13

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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