I loved this story from start to finish. I am a sports fan and was always aware of Agassi, but I was never a big tennis fan. This revealing portrait of the boy, teen, and man behind "image is everything" is compelling and compulsively readable (listenable). Highly recommended.
What a great listen. I couldn't stop. I listened in my car, I listened on my Zune, I listened on my computer. Well written and very insightful. Thanks Andre !
I'm sorry to say this incredible story was horribly read by Erik Davies. His tone-deaf impersonations were so bad that it ruined the book for me. He reduced Andre and Brook into cardboard caricatures of themselves. Better to simply read this book. Too bad Andre didn't read it himself.
I loved every minute of "Open"
I always enjoyed routing for Andre during the good times and the bad.
The descriptions of the matches I felt like I was watching them all over.
One of the best books I've ever read. Not just one of the best sports books.
From the first words of the beginning chapter, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go. As a tennis enthusiast, I thought I knew who Andre Agassi was. I was totally wrong.
Listening to how he started in tennis at a very young age...and under extremely unusual conditions...gave me a different picture of Agassi. And then following him through his career and his personal kept me listening late into the nights.
And the audio narration? Superb!
A must have for any tennis fan.An amazing story that leaves the listener/reader learning many things about Andre.Excellent job by Erik Davies as well.I was hesistant at first when learning Andre did not voice this book,but no need to worry,Erik brings this story to life.
This book is an epic poem, an odyssey replete from beginning to end with triumph and failure, love and pain, joy and conflict, certainty and bewilderment. It is about so much more than tennis or lapses into substance use and/or abuse. I plan to listen again.
Curious, though, that the collaboration with J.R. Moehringer, memoirist and author of "The Tender Bar" is not mentioned, at least not in the audiobook version. It's not possible to say what parts are Agassi and what parts are Moehringer, but the brilliantly paced, fluid narrative adds up to way more than the sum of its parts. Game, set, match. Grand slam.
Since the Moehringer book is only available on audible in abridged format, I will need a trip to the library or bookstore.
The title says it all. He lays it all out. A wonderful look inside the tennis world and an even better look inside Agassi. His fans will LOVE this book. If they would actually read it, his critics will too. After you are accustomed to Agassi not being the narrator - the narration is excellent as well. 18 hours goes by in a flash...couldn't put it down.