Library Ed. Books on Tape 2005
CS ISBN 1415921733 $63.00 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 1415921792 $81.00 Eight CDs
DD ISBN $24.47
Schaap's biography is an effective recounting of the career of James Braddock, the Depression-era heavyweight boxer who won the world championship against heavily favored Max Baer. It is an American morality tale: the hard working blue-collar family man overcoming the womanizing playboy who squanders his superior talent. Grover Gardner tells the story well in a straightforward manner. On a few occasions, he comes close to the sound of a breathless sports announcer. But for the most part, he simply tells the story, holding the listener's attention with a sensitive, well-paced reading. The story is a social commentary on America in the 1930s and will appeal to many who have little interest in boxing. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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