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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780449011003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449011003
  • ASIN: 0449011003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Calico Joe
“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
Praise for John Grisham
“Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this novel...since i know mr grisham's work and know the sport of baseball like no other. Here we are back in the times of old when baseball was actually broadcast on one of the three main networks,saturday afternoon's on nbc,with joe garagiola and chevy tv ads(though these remembrances are missing from the novel). It is a short and whimsical novel...when Grisham writes these sports novels,like playing for pizza in parma...we have a novella more than a full fleshed novel. I have given this effort a 4 out of 5...since i enjoy a novelist going into different terrain...and here away from the law offices his mind is going into and expanding the frontiers of the sports world...bring his knowledge of the legal world and the characters he has drawn from years in that the world of sports. Mr Grisham is interesting a she tells us in the legal world of the innocent,people usually caught in the legal system,and the jungles of society,largely unprotected and how often the large legal firms are more interested in making the big bucks...but somewhere there is always a someone out there,unplanned almost random,who cares enough to protect the innocent...since they deserve a fair hearing...this decency always breaks through in the authorial voice...and here we have the characters of paul..the dad...and calico joe. What if ound interesting is the character of calico joe..paul and the dad never make their way into our hearts...they are characters who haunt our sports world who dont belong in the tale grisham tells of tony kubec being maimed with a ball in the throat cutting short a promising career...calico joe is himself a target of the beamball,,,and is a target in so many ways...the malice of the human heart aimed his way for no apparent reason...Read more ›
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 5 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." -- Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

Much baseball fiction is all wrapped up in the kind of juvenile fantasies that grown men continue to indulge. I admire John Grisham for going against the grain and looking at baseball through the lens of what can be wrong about baseball: self-centered players, abuse, sexual infidelity, cruelty, envy, and lying. Rather than just portraying that dark side, Mr. Grisham also exposes the possibility of receiving forgiveness, being reconciled to those who have been harmed, and finding peace. It's a nice ethical journey carried out amid some pretty exciting baseball writing that is soundly based.

Despite my admiration for Mr. Grisham's conception, I didn't feel that he carried it off nearly as well as he needed to. The rise of Calico Joe in the book's beginning is so far beyond possibility that reading those sections makes you feel that Mr. Grisham was just entertaining himself rather than trying to build the best possible story. A less over-the-top biography for Calico Joe would have worked a lot better, in my opinion. The fable-like quality led me to feel outside the story, rather than inside it with the characters.

The dark side of the story also seemed overdrawn. It's as though only absolute perfect white and the blackest black would satisfy readers. That's not giving readers enough credit. What about writing about real human beings of the kind we've all met? That would bring the message home much more than having such an extreme contrast.

I also found that the book lacked suspense. I didn't feel the tension build very much because what came next was kept quite predictable.
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By Murph on April 24 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lets get this out of the way. There is not a shred of legal jargon in this book. So if you're looking for your John Grisham legal fix, you won't find it here. Calico Joe is however a very solid story. Definitely not a thriller by any stretch of the word, but a very solid effort by a man that knows how to let a story unravel. Paul Tracey, our main character, is a middle aged man who has come to terms with the fact that he doesn't have a relationship with his father, and that's okay with him. What isn't okay with him, is that his father had done something to hurt his childhood idol.

Although Paul Tracey comes off as one of the least interesting main characters I have ever absorbed myself into, Grisham does a good job of surround him with a few very interesting characters that make this book enjoyable. My personal favourite of the supporting cast, Mr. Clarence Rook whom is the proclaimed town historian of Calico Rock, does a fine job of keeping the book interesting through the middle book when you could have probably fallen asleep with all the background information.

Don't get me wrong, this book is a definite read, but it definitely falls short of a classic. In the end if feels more like a Sunday night rent-a-movie story. If they had a three and half star rating that would probably suit this book better, but as Grisham does work his magic and make the most of this story I'll go ahead and give it a four.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 13 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Grisham is one of the most recognizable names in fiction today. He is well known for his legal thrillers, but has also written a number of novels outside of that genre. His latest - Calico Joe - fall into that category.

Paul Tracey gets a call one day - Warren, the father he hasn't seen in years, is dying. Paul's reaction? "After a few minutes, I admit the truth - life without Warren will be the same as life with him."

But this call does stir up old hurts, memories and unfinished business. We're taken back to Paul's childhood for the beginning of the tale. Warren made it to the big leagues - he was a pitcher for the Mets in 1973. He was also a womanizer, a hard drinker, a man with a temper and a man with a family who was happy to not have him home. Paul loved baseball as well. He played himself and could cite the stats on any team. When a young phenom named Joe from Calico Rock, Arkansas is called up to play for the Cubs, he takes the country (and young Paul) by storm. Never before has there been such a player. And then the Mets and the Cubs face off...

Yes, Calico Joe is a sports story, but it's much more than that. It's the story of a father and son and redemption. I played ball when I was younger, so the sports stats didn't throw me at all and won't detract from the story for non sports readers. They really set the scene for the emotional strings that Grisham deftly pulls as he carefully builds the story of Calico Joe, young Paul and his father.

Calico Joe is listed as a novel, but I thought of it more as story telling. I could picture myself listening to this one over the radio in days gone by or sitting listening to a retired player sharing a tale from the old days. As one character in the book says "But it doesn't matter: he loves to talk and tell stories....I am delighted to be here and happy to listen."

As was I. A one sitting read and another home run from Grisham.
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