This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
American Past Time: A Novel by Len Joy is an audiobook that is a delight for fans of baseball and stories with strong characters battling the odds to succeed. It is set in the Midwest town of Maple Spring, Missouri, and it follows Dancer Stonemason, a promising pitcher with the Rolla Rebels, who wants nothing more than to make it to the major league. His family is excited as they cheer for him, but when he pitches the greatest, most important game of his life, he fails. And with this monumental failure comes the sinking of his dreams. Now, new choices have to be made and a new path forged, and with this failure, everything changes, including the dynamics in a family that has already been struggling.
This novel has a strong historical and cultural setting, exploring the fever of one of the most cherished sports in the US: Baseball. The narrative provides hints of postwar life and challenges and follows a man’s struggle to get things right for himself and his family. It explores themes of family dynamics and the drama that happens when the fragile thread of hope is broken. It is told in an engrossing narrative voice and features characters that are genuinely flawed and believable. American Past Time: A Novel is emotionally rich and Len Joy knows how to toy with the emotions of readers. One moment the reader is rooting for the protagonist, the next moment they are worried about him. The narrative is beautiful and the voice allows the drama to come across powerfully. It is clear and professionally developed. Larry Oliver, the narrator, was able to convey the events of the story through his arresting voice. I enjoyed the measured pacing and how the intonation of the voice communicated the drama and the emotions of the characters. Overall, this was a great treat.