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message 1: by Book Concierge (last edited Jun 09, 2016 03:11PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5801 comments Playing for Pizza – John Grisham
Book on CD read by Christopher Evan Welch

Rick Dockery doesn’t know anything but football, but he’s obviously not very good at it. In six years, he played with eight teams. Now no one wants him, unless it’s to beat him up for his latest performance, which basically handed the AFC championship to the rival team. But … it seems that Italy is bonkers for American football, and the Parma Panthers are in need of a quarterback. And leaving for Europe will also keep a former cheerleader’s attorneys from filing a paternity suit against Rick. So off he goes.

What’s the male equivalent of chick-lit? Jock-lit? Well, whatever term we use, this novel is it. Light on plot (and what’s there is predictable), a little romance, a life lesson learned (sort of), and a lot of football. I’m not a fan of this sport, so much of the book with detailed descriptions of game plays was lost on me. But it was a quick read, fulfilled several challenges, and I enjoyed some of the scenes that explored Italian culture (and food). But Grisham is definitely capable of better writing than this.

Evan Welch does a fairly good job of voicing the audio. He has good pacing and I liked the way he voiced the Italians – even when I was listening ad double speed on my MP3.

message 2: by Joi (last edited Jun 09, 2016 10:36AM) (new)

Joi (missjoious) | 3809 comments I've thought about reading this because I LOVE football (really only the NFL). But I'm super hesitant because I think it's going to be really stereotypical, and forced and researched. Hopefully it's not a book that fans of football and NOT-fans of football don't like because of that aspect.

Who knows if John Grisham actually likes watching football? Lol

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