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Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  3,943 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Bound in the publisher's original quarter black cloth and red boards with the spine stamped in gilt.
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published December 2nd 2004 by Scribner (first published December 1st 2004)
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Jul 03, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't just read this book, I savored it, taking my time to get through to the end.

I had not read a Stephen King book in year's but he was as fun as I remember. It was also entertaining to listen to the fans neurosis as the season wore on and their disbelief at finally winning it all.

Mar 19, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that I like the Red Sox? I like the Red Sox. Did you know we won the World Series recently? Twice! But the first time was the best. After that first time, I did the following:

- Wept
- Drank several beers
- Several is an approximation
- Jumped out of my cab in the middle of the street to hug a total stranger
- Like three times, seriously
- Bought the entire postseason on DVD so I could watch The Steal again and again
- Wept while watching The Steal again and again
- Read several books by cr
Jul 18, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: baseball fans, Stephen King fans
Shelves: kingstephen
On the surface, this is a book for Red Sox fans. I am not a Red Sox fan. I grew up a Phillies fan, and am the son of a Cubs fan, so I don't need to be preached to about baseball futility. However, the little details of what it means to be a baseball fan are what makes this book so readable. So underneath all the Red Sox rooting, there is a very nice book about being a fan, of a team and the game.

If you don't have a working knowledge of baseball, let this book slide. The authors don't try to exp
Jan 07, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Even though I'm a Texas boy and have rooted for the hard-luck Rangers my entire life, 'Faithful' is still a fun read. This is partly because O'Nan & King live out the anxieties that all of us diehard sports fans go through as we live & die with our favorite teams. It's almost like sitting in the bar overhearing these two go back and forth/bitch and moan about the Red Sox.

However, what really makes the book is that O'Nan & King just happened to pick the 2004 season to chronicle the Re
Sep 26, 2007 Kat rated it liked it
I'm reading this now to prep for the Red Sox win of the 2007 World Series!
Stephen King is hilarious in this chronicle of the first Red Sox WS win in 86 years. O'Nan gives more of a straightforward account, King def steals the show. Great book, esp if you are a Sox fan.
Aug 25, 2008 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but maybe mostly for the walks down memory lane it prompted. The magical Red Sox summer of 04 was also the year we moved from baseball-crazy Boston to half-Red-Sox, half-Yankees Connecticut. I spent lots of those first few lonely months in Connecticut (foreign town, husband constantly at work) watching the Red Sox rise, slump, and improbably rise again. The rag-tag long-haired boys of Boston were a great diversion from the sometimes scary acts of moving, sending my ...more
May 14, 2016 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
One of my favorite LOST lines is when Ben tells Jack that the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, and Jack's response is, "now I know you are lying." In a stroke of luck, Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan were hired to chronicle the 2004 Boston Red Sox season, which culminated in their first World Series win since 1918. A delightful back and forth of the thoughts, backgrounds, and game statistics of the season, I expected to enjoy, but I did not expect to laugh out loud so often. If you enjoy baseba ...more
May 20, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans and King fans
Awesome book. Loved the picture on the cover of the book.
Sean Laprise
Nov 11, 2010 Sean Laprise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean LaPrise
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Mr. Ambrose
Quarter One Book Review: Faithful
In the year of 2004, history was made marking the greatest comeback in all of Baseball by none other than the Boston Red Sox. Two die-hard fans, who decided to chronicle the 2004 season of the Boston Red Sox were novelist, Stewart O’Nan and author of contemporary horror, Stephen King. These authors however would not know what history would eventually be made by their home team, and their recap of this great year would spaw
It was recommended to me by someone I trust to skip this book. I told him I don't care that much about baseball, and I care even less about the Red Sox, so the only reason I would read it is because of my undying adoration of both Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King. I read a couple reviews by people here, all of whom seem to agree that if you don't care about the Sox or baseball it would be silly to read this book.

I'm not going to say I agree or disagree with them. I will say that I actually sorta k
This is the ninth book in my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge, and the only nonfiction. I'd been meaning to read it since it came out in 2005, but I just hadn't been able to make room on my reading list until I signed up for the challenge.

Faithful is written as a series of email exchanges, diary entries, and just plain narratives of the 2004 baseball season, following the Boston Red Sox. Stephen King grew up a fan, but Stewart O'Nan came to it later in life, though he's no less avid for being a Red Sox N
Oct 29, 2007 Lilias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who love the cover
Shelves: non-fiction
It's a great cover.

To make things simple in conversation, I have often fallen back on telling people I am not a sports fan. So it was a suprise for a few friends of mine when I was going ca-razy during the post-season Red Sox games this year. The way I see it, being a fan of the Red Sox, or of baseball really, doesn't necessarily mean you're a fan of sports; you could just be a fan of history. Baseball, to me, is all about history. And, while I couldn't care less about any other sports team on t
James Adams
May 18, 2016 James Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-non-fic
First thing: I hope you like baseball if you read this, because it's a stat-heavy, informed, insider-y book. I'd say a working knowledge of the sport, and hopefully the Sox, is required for full enjoyment.
That said...
This is a good one. I'm a long-time fan of King's, especially his nonfiction, and he's always written well about baseball. I also followed Boston that fateful post-season, while down in Texas, and have rooted for them since (though I'm a Cubs fan first, still and always). O'Nan I kn
Sep 21, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
"Faithful" by diehard Red Sox Fans Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King chronicles the epic 2004 Red Sox baseball season. I am a life-long Red Sox fan and the 2004 team is my all-time favorite. I remember rocking my first daughter (when she was 8 months old) to sleep during the playoffs and the World Series while trying to not make too much noise cheering for the team while watching them on TV. It will be a memory I'll always cherish. The Red Sox had great offensive players from top to bottom - Johnny ...more
Anthony Oriola
Sep 25, 2013 Anthony Oriola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Faithful by Stewart O'nan and Stephen King is about the Boston Red Sox historic season of 2004 when the finally won the world series after a long 86 years. It explains what happened form Spring Training all the way to the world series. What I liked most about this book was when they get to the playoffs, and the Yankees have what they think is a safe 3-0 lead over the Red Sox and they will advance to the World Series. But, in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 4 were the Yankees could ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
I struggled to get through this book during the off-season, but while JBJ was in his hitting streak, I couldn't put the book down. (Thanks to the MLB package, we watch a lot of Red Sox games.) I am not a native Red Sox fan, but I love this book because 1: I am a die-hard baseball fan ( born and raised a Phillies fan ), 2 : I am not a Yankees fan, and 3 : I like the perspective of SK and SO. What surprised me the most was that SK is so superstitious and both authors are truly genuine fans who des ...more
Kasa Cotugno
This is a book for fans by fans, and admirers of these two writers will be amazed that they had anything else to do in 2004 besides obsess over their team. And you couldn't make this up -- the year they are commissioned to write a double diary chronicling their lives as woebegone Red Sox fans, the impossible happens and the Sox go on to take the series. Not news to anyone with even a rudimentary interest in the game. Knowing the ending doesn't matter here; what is important is the day by day fil ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Chrissy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissy by: Paco
My first thought when I read who the authors were was "Who is Stewart O'Nan? I'm very familiar with Stephen King and know he's a huge Sox fan, but before reading this book I never heard of the other author.
If you're not a baseball fan, this book is not for you. If you are, then this book not only gives details of most Sox games of the 2004 season, but also what it meant to the authors. The commentary that King and O'Nan give is great. One of my favorite passages is when O'Nan talks about his in
Kelly Hager
This is the second time I've read this book and, just like the first, it was very hard going for me. There are basically two aspects to this book. The first is a love letter to baseball, sometimes recounted in nearly an inning-by-inning fashion. As you can imagine, these sections are almost impossible for me to read.

But the second part---oh, the second part! That's a love letter to obsession. And that I can rally behind. I don't get people who love sports (although if forced at gunpoint to watch
Another non-fiction book it took me a few years and a few tries to get through. You should only read this book if you are a DIE-HARD (i.e., not just a casual fan) of one of the following:

A) Baseball
B) The Red Sox
C) Stephen King
D) Stewart O'Nan

I reiterate...DIE-HARD fans only. If you're not, you don't stand a chance. You'll be bored to death and be hit with way too much information.

I enjoyed the book because I'm a die-hard Stephen King fan and will read anything he writes. After reading Faithful
Lara Eakins
May 14, 2011 Lara Eakins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Finished "Faithful". Oh boy what fun!!! It was a great way to relive the 2004 Red Sox season. I sort of wish they would have written more during the playoffs, but after a point there wasn't much left to say! Really enjoyed it. I think you have to be a baseball fan to really enjoy it, since a lot of it is recaps of games. But, since I'm a fan of the game (and not just individual teams), I lapped it up.
Julia Spencer-Fleming
This epic day-by-day ode to New England's beloved carmine hose by New England's favorite horrormeister chronicles the
magical '04 season. King writes with a professional's style and a true fan's heart. Do I love that man! Read this and relive Tek giving A-Rod a nose job one more delicious time! Curse reversed.
May 05, 2010 Hmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt MY FAVORITE Red Sox book ever written. These guys do a phenomenal job of reliving the 2004 world series victory and making you feel THERE. Even though I knew how it ended, I still found myself biting my thumbnail and reading it waaaaaay past bed time. Having seen Mr. King at several games, he does write with experience!
Mary Ronan Drew
Feb 12, 2015 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title says, Faithful is about the 2004 Red Sox season. O'Nan and Stephen King write alternate chapters and discuss the team in depth and describe the games they get to see. King has season tickets and O'Nan has to scrounge for chances to go to the games.
Jul 06, 2007 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball lovers
Shelves: sports
a great read for anyone interested in the red sox. it's generally hard to capture the quirky amusing nature of red sox fans in print, but King and O'Nan are like obsessed children and the journal-style writing manages to capture their daily ups and downs.
Apr 17, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball-sports
they set out to write a book about not making it to the World Series again and guess what happened-the Red Sox went to the World Series (2004) and won - you have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this one- I loved it !
Doreen Petersen
Oct 03, 2014 Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
A must read for any and all Red Sox fans. Just beating our perennial nemesis, the Yankees, in their house was everything to us.
Jul 30, 2008 Lonnie rated it liked it
Great book for Boston fans. Good book for baseball fans. Not the best book for Stephen King fans only.
Jan 23, 2015 Soho_Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
One of the best short stories I've ever read was a non-fiction piece by Stephen King. Appearing buried in the back of his "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" collection, it was a piece he wrote following his son's Little League baseball team one Summer, when they went further in the competition than for many years. It was a huge change of pace from King - a tale in which nothing really bad happened and it was written in an understated and slightly introspective way, which showed a lot more emotion than ...more
Jeremy E. Evans
Biggest takeaway: Apparently Stephen King speaks in those "Uncle Stevie" idioms in real life.
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Stewart O'Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction. His previous novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was named one of the New York Public Library Books to Remember. Additionally, Granta named him one of the 20 Best Young Ameri ...more
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