2010 Stephen King – Blockade Billy Audiobook novella read by Craig Wasson
Ah, the enduring Mr. Stephen King has written again. For most King fans, I bet his baseball-inspired novella, ” Blockade Billy, comes as no surprise – and not just because it was first released on April 20 of this year by the independent horror house Cemetery Dance. Stephen King – Blockade Billy Audiobook. More specifically, it is no big secret that the guy loves his baseball – his characters are eternally donning Red Sox apparel and he’s a frequent attendant at Fenway Park, truly a diehard BoSox lover – it was only a matter of time until he married his two interests, right?
Horror and baseball, not exactly an easy sell.
The thing about writing sports fiction is that it can be tricky to really capture your audience. Some people simply don’t give a flying – filthy about baseball, but Stephen King manages to steer clear of bogging down his novella with too many cliches, and while there’s a little bit of technical jargon which may go over the non-baseball-enthusiast’s mind, it is not enough to detract from the story. Stephen King Blockade Billy Audiobook.
The narrative of William Blakely is narrated by the New Jersey Titans’ one time third-base trainer, George “Granny” Grantham, who’s reminiscing with “Mr. King” some fifty years after the shadowy events surrounding Billy Blakely’s baseball career. We fulfill Granny at a “zombie resort” where he’s in a crotchety state of being.
Granny’s casual, slightly profane voice recollects a different time when men were men and baseball was baseball and no one wore skinny jeans. It’s 1957 and baseball is untainted by steroid scandals and huge salaries but about to be permanently changed by a single person’s very dark secret. “Awful story, naturally, but those are the ones who last longest.” The incident involves a little drunk driving, a little vehicular homicide and upchucking all over the arresting officer. Not a great way to demonstrate sobreity. As Granny tells it, “Johnny Goodkind’s career in baseball was over until the puke dried.” That man’s replacement has hammered at home plate shortly afterwards, which knocks him from the game and, so! Who knew?. Blockade Billy Audiobook Free.
The new child becomes a sensation overnight with his hard-hitting, home plate-blocking, all around studly baseball actions. The fans love him and his teammates see they can simply look beyond all his oddities, such as the way he refers to himself in the third person and parrots his friend Danny , or his sporting a band-aid on a finger with no wound, or having no clue as to who Cy Young is. Yeah, bizarre. But readily forgivable with such excellent baseball prowess! Who cares if he’s a little soft in the head if he can outplay everybody else?
But! As all things have a tendency to do, especially at Stephen King’s world, Billy’s secret finally boils over. Without giving away anything, it is safe to say that the Titans’ season is ruined by said black key and William Blakely’s title, accomplishments and livelihood are stricken from the records forever. Blockade Billy Audiobook Download Free.
If you’re a fan of this sport and a fan of Stephen King, pick this up. It’s a light and yet distinctly dark read that will surely get you in the baseball spirit. It is a throwback to a different age, when baseball was the National Pastime, played with nitty gritty, never-go-to-the-doctor kinds of men with an enduring passion for the sport. Broken fingers? No problem! Rub a tiny dirt in that wound and get out there, champ!
If you are not a baseball fan? Well, it’s still very entertaining. Though you do not have the opportunity to get REALLY in depth with all the characters being under 200 pages does not exactly allow for good character growth in this case, you still have to see a well written, distinctly Stephen King-esque story. Blockade Billy by Stephen King Audiobook. His passion for the sport shines through from the text and it’s virtually infectious but not in an unorthodox manner. That alone could be a super rough balance for a writer to attack when he loves his subject as King so clearly enjoys baseball.
Now go! Read and be merry, comrades!