Book fifty-four in 2012 – “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach

Every so often Audible will have a sale where you can browse a list of one hundred books that each cost only $4.95. It is because of these sales that I try books I never even knew about. “The Art of Fielding” was one of these books. Naturally the title caught my attention as I was browsing the book list and sure enough the book was about baseball, or more accurately, about the people in and around the baseball team of a small midwesternish college.

An amazingly talented high school short stop just happens to be seen by a talented catcher turned scout who convinces the young athlete and the college to form a partnership. The kid had never in a million years thought he would continue playing his beloved baseball let alone go to college. He is paired with a gay roommate and they become close friends as the short stop trains with the catcher to bulk up. the roommate gets him to wear better clothes so he’ll fit in a little better but he’s never completely comfortable unless he’s on the baseball diamond.

The school president finds himself attracted to a young student who reciprocates even though this relationship is very much against school policy. They try to hide it but the president’s daughter who has left her husband and shows up on campus, figures it out and becomes terrified for her father’s future, knowing how much he loves the school. Naturally the daughter becomes involved with one of the baseball players but I won’t tell you who.

This was a very good book. It was incredibly well written and reminded me of “A separate Peace” by John Knowles even though the two books are vastly different. I am agonizing over whether “The Art of Fielding” will get a place on my top ten list for this year. I just don’t know! It was so good, but was it top ten good? It didn’t really give me “that feeling”, that gut punch. I just don’t know. It’s really close to a top ten nod but I just don’t know. I might need to create an honorable mentions category…

Oh, I very much enjoyed yelling at the book during the fictional baseball games haha! It was like listening to a real game!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

4 Comments

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4 Responses to Book fifty-four in 2012 – “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach

  1. Alyssa

    This has nothing to do with your post… But… Even though I’ve seen the Hunger Games already, I am getting it through Netflix today and already purchased the Solo-DX track. Let’s see how this goes!

  2. Ro

    Haha I was wondering why you were commenting about this book. Let me know how the Solo-Dx goes! I think it’s pretty awesome. Takes some getting used to with the pausing and such but it’s really cool.
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  3. Alyssa

    Uh yeah. I don’t do baseball. Haha. It went well. It took 3 tries syncing the computer. I just did that to see if I could. Then I took the DVD to the TV and had the audio on my laptop. Took 2 tries to get things right there. I think it may have been just a tiny bit off, but only to the point where it was noticeable twice in the whole movie. I really liked it. I mean, normally I am okay with dialogue and sound cues. Those are two things The Hunger Games lacks though, so it was neat to have this feedback. Was it just me, or did the audio narrator sound like she was gonna cry when Rue died? LOL!

  4. Ro

    Haha she definitely did, which added to the emotion of the moment for sure.

    Here is the original Solo-Dx post, so let’s move there if we keep talking about it.
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