• The Iowa Baseball Confederacy

  • By: W. P. Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gideon Clarke is a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world, as his father tried before him, that the world-champion Chicago Cubs traveled to Onamata, Iowa, in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against all-stars from the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, an amateur league. The game, which was to be short, pleasant, and the Cubs thought, one-sided, turned into a titanic battle of over 2,000 innings, played mostly in the pouring rain. This game is not on the record books. No one remembers it or the Confederacy. But Gideon Clarke knows it happened, and he is determined to set the record straight.

Like in his previous novel, Shoeless Joe, which was the basis for the movie Field of Dreams, Kinsella creates “a loving mixture of baseball, life and fantasy, in a world where dreams don't have to come true, because they have a validity all their own” (Publishers Weekly).

©1986 W.P. Kinsella (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Outstanding and Magical

Kinsella is a writer of beautiful prose. I have read this book each spring as the baseball season begins for the past thirteen years. It remains magical each year. It brings joy and a hope of beauty into a chaotic world. A must read for sure.

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I tried but just couldn’t get into it.

I listened to all but last two hours and just couldn’t get myself to like it. It is well written but just not very interesting.

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One of my favorites!

I loved this book when I first read it, and loved it again in the Audible version! Grover Gardner did a superb job as narrator.