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"Plenty of baseball for the fan, but even more insight into why Aaron matters beyond the game." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Bryant evokes the apparently distant world marked by cruel segregation, racism, and poverty of the soul, as well as reliving some of the greatest moments of baseball. A most welcome book, most highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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In the 34 years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least 30 home runs per season15 times, becoming the first player in history to hammer 500 home runs and 3000 hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures.

Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron's childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays - all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record.

Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today's tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball's greatest scandal.

Bryant reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progress, and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson's mission to obtain full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon.

©2010 Howard Bryant (P)2010 Random House

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2010/08/31

The Last Hero; A Life of Henry Aaron

The truth be told, I am a huge baseball fan so I love these books about the players I watched as I grew up. This book is a really interesting story, includes lots of baseball detail, and offers insight into the history of the sport during Aaron's great career. The reader is good, though someone should have checked the pronunciation of well-known player's names before releasing this audiobook (thus the 4 out of 5 stars). For example, it was distracting and irritating to hear the reader mispronoun Red Schoendienst (I didn't recognize who he was talking about at first) and Bill Virdon's names. Still, this is a small glitch, overlook it and enjoy this book. If you like this, read the wonderful biographies of Clemente and Koufax too.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • T-Dogg
  • 2019/06/12

Disappointing narration

The subject, Henry Aaron, is one of the most interesting imaginable. He flew below the general public's radar during the first fifteen years of his career, so this book is very insightful.

The narration is disappointing. The reader mispronounces the names of several baseball figures (among them, Bruton, Dittmer, and Veeck) and locations (Bradenton). Although many may claim that it doesn't matter, it is grating to those who have followed the game closely and know the names and places.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • George W. Breslauer
  • 2021/03/05

Excellent biography, largely well read.

Audible really should have the author brief the readers on the pronunciation of names. Many players’ names were mangled—-all of them from the 1950s and early 60s. I know because I have listened to the games on radio and tv since the mid-1950s. Examples:

Billy Bruton is pronounced BROO-ton, not Brutton
Red Schoendienst is pronounced SHAYNE-deenst, not SHOW-en-dynst
Johnny Podres is pronounced PAh-dres, not POH-dres
Carl Furillo is not pronounced Foorilyo
Bill Skowron is not pronounced SKOH-ron
Ryne Duren’s first name: RYNE, not Ryan
Tony Cloninger is pronounced CLAH-ninger, not CLOH-ninger
Sal Maglie is not pronounced MAY-glie
It’s a pity to soil a great book and good reading voice with such easily avoidable gaffs.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • M. Critelli
  • 2021/01/27

Great content but too many mispronounced names

Great content, but the narrator badly misprounced player and coach names: Bruton, Schoendeinst. Hough, Skowron, and several others.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • steve finkelstein
  • 2020/07/27

Fantastic person, disappointing novel

For the most part, the portrait of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant is a good book. But in many ways, it could have been so much better. Howard Bryant’s writing is not only about sports, about society itself. He is one of my favorite writers. I didn't read any of the reviews before I selected this book because I thought the combination of Henry Aaron and Howard Bryant would be fantastic. I was wrong.

A couple nitpicks: In the chapter entitled “Almost,” the baseball teams are referred to as “division leaders.” In the 1950’s, there was only the National League or the American League. No divisions at all. In the chapter entitled “Willie,” when discussing the 1969 season, Steve Stone magically appears for the L.A. Dodgers. Steve Stone never reached the major leagues until 1971. And as far as I can tell, he never pitched for the Dodgers. I think you meant Steve Singer. Maybe?

As has been noted in other reviews, the narrator is bad. His narration is okay as long as he doesn’t have to pronounce a city in Florida (Bradenton) or any baseball names,. However, the mis-pronunciations occur so often and at such a rate that at some point, you start listening for the errors rather than the eloquent prose. I would still recommend the book but perhaps it is better to get a physical copy rather than the audio version.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • david ortega
  • 2020/03/13

Good insight on the man & times

Mr. Aaron lived a full life and I sense the author portrayed as much of the man as possible. Also the book was another reminder of how much we take for granted, especially concerning segregation—within baseball & American society.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Baseball
  • 2019/03/03

Narration spoils a great book about American hero

Henry Aaron has lived a great life. Howard Bryant wrote a great book about that life. Whomever decides on the audio book narrator should have gotten someone with even a passing knowledge of baseball's history. It is terribly distracting to hear so many names mispronounced, many of them belonging to players whose fame crossed over into mainline popular culture.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris D.
  • 2016/11/18

Outstanding!

The most complete biography of Henry Aaron I've ever read. Howard Bryant's opus peels back the layers of a man more complex than people were willing to believe he was and puts his quiet strength and dignity on full display.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Huntertdm
  • 2018/08/24

Not what i expected

as a young baseball player I admired Henry Aaron and still think he was a great baseball player. But after reading the book i'm disappointed in the man himself.