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Publisher Comments:

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rakes “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake - or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach - and himself - before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

Review:

"As this poignant story begins, famed high school football coach Eddie Rake, who was known for producing one extraordinary team after another until he was fired, lays dying. Still, he remains a legend in Messina, a small town that comes together every week 'to pour their emotions upon a Friday night football team.' Indeed, in this town the football field is 'more sacred than a cemetery.' Neely Crenshaw, perhaps the best quarterback ever to play for Coach Rake, had vowed he'd never come back to Messina while Rake was alive. Yet he returns to share a vigil with the team members he left behind 15 years ago. Slowly, the narrative reveals why Rake was fired so suddenly and what happened between him and Neely. Along the way, the players reminisce and look hard at who they have become. This is a story of men's loyalty, their toughness and their clumsy affection for each other. Grisham's voice calls to mind that of Martin Sheen; he reads quietly and doesn't modulate his voice as the various team members tell their stories. He doesn't need to. His understated, stellar performance outshines the book's cloying story line." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM played (at times) quarterback for the Chargers of Southaven High School, Southaven, Mississippi. He was not an All-American.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739310168
performance Read:
the author with Jack Cristil.
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Read by:
Grisham, John
Read:
Grisham, John
Author:
Grisham, John
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
School sports
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Football players
Subject:
Football coaches
Subject:
Football stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
Unabridged ed.
Edition Description:
Four CD
Series:
John Grisham
Series Volume:
no. 03-009
Publication Date:
20030909
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
5
Dimensions:
6.28x5.44x.98 in. .34 lbs.
Media Run Time:
240

Related Subjects

Audio Books » Fiction and Poetry » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 5 pages Random House Audio Publishing Group - English 9780739310168 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As this poignant story begins, famed high school football coach Eddie Rake, who was known for producing one extraordinary team after another until he was fired, lays dying. Still, he remains a legend in Messina, a small town that comes together every week 'to pour their emotions upon a Friday night football team.' Indeed, in this town the football field is 'more sacred than a cemetery.' Neely Crenshaw, perhaps the best quarterback ever to play for Coach Rake, had vowed he'd never come back to Messina while Rake was alive. Yet he returns to share a vigil with the team members he left behind 15 years ago. Slowly, the narrative reveals why Rake was fired so suddenly and what happened between him and Neely. Along the way, the players reminisce and look hard at who they have become. This is a story of men's loyalty, their toughness and their clumsy affection for each other. Grisham's voice calls to mind that of Martin Sheen; he reads quietly and doesn't modulate his voice as the various team members tell their stories. He doesn't need to. His understated, stellar performance outshines the book's cloying story line." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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