The writing, the Story, and I REALLY identify with so much of this ...
After the AWESOME Story .. Theres a LOVE Story ...
so many, Meeting Perry, Gil, just how he describes the people in his life. Brook, Steffi, the Kids ... he recall of the games, the pain of an athletes body .. so many things.
I was never REALLY a Tennis fan, but i am, and have been for a while, an Andre Agassi Fan! This is my top 3 book of the last year. Hands Down WORTH EVERY BIT OF THE 18 hrs. the WRITING and NARRATION are BOTH AWESOME! and I MEAN THAT!
Fan of non-fiction, history and leadership philosophy.
Agassi told stories that you wanted to hear about.
Agassi was very open about his personal issues and how he handled the spot light. I see him as a genuine person now and not a flashy tennis star.
This book is a great listen and I am not a big tennis fan.
I connected with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing that would have made it better is if Andre would have narrated himself. Erik Davies was very good and I have no complaints, but I found myself wondering what Andre would have sounded like. Great book. Really interesting even for non-tennis buffs.
Yes. Because you get a fascinating, inside story about what this athlete endured in order to compete at the top of his game in the sport of tennis.
It felt honest, and included parts of his life that must have been painful to share and yet the listener is allowed inside. Especially when it comes to his childhood and living with a tyrant of a father. His story goes deep when it comes to understanding the psychology of why he hated and yet chased the dream of achieving being the best, in the world of tennis.
Excellent voice with consistent expression throughout the story.
Say something about yourself!
My first memories of tennis are of Andre Agassi. It's honest, funny, well written and overall fascinating to me. I find myself Googling him and the people he played while I listen to it here in my office. I also have a strong urge to go to Dick's Sporting and buy a racket even though I haven't played the game since 1995. I highly recommend this audio book.
Parts of the story are interesting, particularly his upbringing under his father, but the book cannot be recommended. Agassi will not strike you as a particularly bright guy, and his stories are lame. Couple that with a narrator who insists on whispering everything, and you've got yourself a painful read. The prologue alone is enough to put most to sleep. If you decide to stick with it (like I did), you'll only have wasted time that could be spent listening to something better.
Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))
One of my all-time favorites
Every side of the main character
compelling, generous, touching, open and so very funny!
I could not stop listening to this book. The stories about Agassi's trials and tribulations hit all of my emotions and I now have a much greater respect for somebody who I already loved as an athlete. Perhaps the best book I have listened to.
I love biographies that don't read like fiction, and this is one of the best. No matter if you're not a huge tennis fan or barely remember Andre- I found myself disappointed that I had been so oblivious to many of these stories (thanks to YouTube, I've been catching up on many of the big events as I listened to this book).
Andre, of course. He's not perfect, and I wouldn't want to be him. His taste is music is awful, and appears to choose to be surrounded by an assortment of eccentric circus-worthy outcasts without even realizing it. Just like all of us, he's weird and flawed, and just trying to live the best life he can.
Narration is clear and well-paced (no need for 1.5x Playback speed here). Only "gripe" is his voice for female characters (it's the same for both of Andre's wives).
Sat on my Wish List forever- ended up blowing through the 18 hour book in only 2 weeks (while commuting & work-outs). No regrets.
Agassi is quite a character, probably leaving nobody indifferent or even neutral. His story is really interesting and it is told with an impressive level of detail. There are no doubt other versions of the stories he tells and more than one side to his accounts of e.g. disputes with players like Becker, Connors and Muster - but it is still fun to read! He tries to distance himself from his bad boy image and although he gains some sympathy I still get the feeling it was not completely unjustified in the first place.... Irrespective of white you think of all of this I think you will enjoy the read/listen!