<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7136295-the-natural” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”The Natural” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1348211075l/7136295._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7136295-the-natural”>The Natural</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/447.Bernard_Malamud”>Bernard Malamud</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3673563485″>3 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Audible Audiobook<br /><br />Most people who read this book are drawn to it by seeing the movie first, right? Maybe. If you’re like me, you’re disappointed. <br /><br />The character of Roy Hobbs is much more of a bumpkin, not the charismatic character portrayed in the movie. The death of his father, the love interest of his boyhood, the son? Nope, no part of this story. Roy does get shot, but years later falls for the fem-fatalé. The silver bullet that near ends Roy’s life, let alone career, isn’t even mentioned. He does wind up in the hospital, but for stress/exhaustion, something equally mundane. The rest of the story, Pop, Wonderboy, throwing a game, all adheres to the story arc of the movie, except for the ending. No spoilers, but *sniff*, it is nowhere near as thrilling. Not even close.<br /><br />Yet, the actual field action of “baseball” – good stuff!<br /><br />The movie is considerably more uplifting. Considerably.