The Kid by Ben Bradlee audiobook

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

By Ben Bradlee Jr.
Read by Dave Mallow

Little, Brown & Company 9780316614351
35.23 Hours Unabridged
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From acclaimed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. comes the epic biography of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams that baseball fans have been waiting for. 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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Nominated for the 2013 Plutarch Award for Best Biography of the Year

From acclaimed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. comes the epic biography of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams that baseball fans have been waiting for.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Any time an author sets out to write a definitive biography, expect many layers to be peeled back from the subject’s life. Ben Bradlee Jr. does that admirably in this exhaustive book about one of baseball’s greatest hitters. Narrator Dave Mallow keeps a steady pace while maintaining a consistent tone for the listener…He brings to life the angry quotes and commentary that capture the ballplayer’s bitterness toward many people, especially sportswriters. In the end, the listener is left with a well-told story about an imperfect man.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Ben Bradlee

Author Bio: Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee was executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 after three years as the managing editor. He challenged the government on the press’ right to print the Pentagon Papers and assisted in the publications of stories about the Watergate Scandal. Now he serves as the newspaper’s vice president at large. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their son.

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Author Bio: Ben Bradlee Jr.

Author Bio: Ben Bradlee Jr.

Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent twenty-five years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Author Bio: Ben Bradlee Jr.

Author Bio: Ben Bradlee Jr. Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 35.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English