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Tim Wendel

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Tim Wendel is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is the author of 13 books, including Summer of '68: The Season When Baseball, and America, Changed Forever and Castro's Curveball: A Novel. His stories have appeared in Gargoyle and The Potomac Review, and his articles in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Washingtonian and USA Today. A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, Tim teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. Tim has worked has worked on both coasts, covering everything from the Olympics to the America's Cup. More of his stories can be found at www.timwendel.com." ...more

Latest audio -- Habana Libre

What to do during the pandemic? Hunker down in the home studio and narrate some more audiobooks, right?


The latest is my novella HABANA LIBRE, which came out with CityLit Press a few years ago. The story of an odd couple -- a young sailor and a showgirl -- who dare to escape by sea from Havana and it can now be found on all audiobook outlets. Good fun to narrate a novella that Holly Goodard

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Published on September 15, 2020 22:00
Average rating: 3.74 · 1,109 ratings · 193 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Summer of '68: The Season T...

3.76 avg rating — 547 ratings — published 2012 — 8 editions
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Down to the Last Pitch: How...

3.72 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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High Heat: The Secret Histo...

3.50 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 2010 — 11 editions
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Castro's Curveball

3.62 avg rating — 120 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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Cancer Crossings: A Brother...

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Going for the Gold: How the...

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Far from Home: Latino Baseb...

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Habana Libre

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Red Rain

3.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Buffalo, Home of the Braves

4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Witch Elm
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This pushes the envelope in terms of how likable a narrator, especially a first-person narrator, needs to be. That said, no one is better at writing extended quality scenes than French. And her dialogue is once again top-notch.
Habana Libre by Tim Wendel
"I read this book on a plane from DC to Oklahoma, and it left me wiping tears and hoping those seated around me couldn't see how emotional I felt! I wasn't ready for it to end; that being said, it ended beautifully. I felt like I was in the hands of a" Read more of this review »
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"I'm astounded by the compression of this novella--Wendel manages multiple characters, complex relationships, and a complicated defection plot in under 100 pages. This is a terrific book."
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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
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Characters to die for. In fact, I had to put the book down for a time because I was becoming alarmed about what would ultimately happen with the main players.
Ending seemed a bit far-fetched at first. But the more I thought about it, I decided it was
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Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe
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I'm still wrapping my head around the ending. That said, this is one of the best first-person voices I've encountered in some time. If only Greek mythology had been taught and told with such insight and style when I first came across it in school.
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Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
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I've written some about Cuba (Castro's Curveball, Habana Libre) and that has me admiring what Kushner has done with this vintage work of historical fiction. Some great plot twists and I was on board from the get-go
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Heroes by Stephen Fry
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Perhaps a bit too cheeky at times. But they had taught mythology like this in high school, I would have paid more attention.
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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Ordinary Grace
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Superb characters and the plot keeps you guessing. But what I'll treasure about this coming-of-age story, set in 1961 in Minnesota, is its philosophy about things. How our loved ones may pass on, but they remain close, only a breath away.
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This Storm by James Ellroy
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What a fever dream this novel was. What Ellroy does with taglines and alike in dialogue is pure genius. Really keeps things ripping along. But I was exhausted over the last 80 pages or so. Too, too much?
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“What's pretty important, and least was for me, (related an exceptionally good pinch-hitter on the pressures involved with failing with so much at stake) you can't be afraid to enjoy the moment.”
Tim Wendel, Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball—and America—Forever

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