I love a good autobiography and this one certainly delivered. The level of detail that Audre shared about every aspect of his life is what made this book so good. I didn't want to turn it off. He shares everything from tennis, family, marriage, divorce and more. The writing style I found was really enjoyable to listen to. He was so detailed in describing his feelings that I really did feel like I knew him after listening to this book. My only disappointment is that he did not narrate the audio book himself.
Agassi's Revisionist Take
As an Agassi fan, I really liked walking through his tennis career and intersecting some of the matches and moments of his that stand out in my own memory. There were a couple times when I felt Agassi's memory of his motivations going into or during a match were colored with historical revisionist glasses. A lot of matches he lost were because of lack of motivation and most wins were preordained. It's forgivable since the details are still told well. I also have a much better view of Steffi Graf through this book.
I loved the opening chapter detailing every nuance of getting himself ready to play Baghdatis.
Yes, it work really well for the long road trip I was on.
If you are an Agassi fan then I think this is a good book to round out the person we think we knew on the tennis court.
Its near the top. This book is so interesting and entertaining. I laughed out loud and cried. Some of the matches were nail biters even though I knew the outcome.
There's a really funny story about a stuffed panda and how it changes Andre's life. You can't make this stuff up!
The performance was OK. He does a good Andre impression but everyone else sounds the same.
I heard a lot of good things about Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. And right from the opening pages I thought wow, this is great. Agassi is a really good writer, with interesting thoughts, and a fascinating life, which makes for a perfect autobiography; a fascinating insight into a someone’s life full of little nuggets of life lessons they’ve learned.
I have to admit, as someone with no interest in sport I did get a little bit bored with the tennis bits occasionally, and overall felt that it could have been shortened. Some of the tennis stuff got so repetitive, for me, that I didn’t even notice when I had accidentally skipped a huge chunk of the audiobook. I only noticed the great leap when he started talking about girlfriends again and he was suddenly with Stefi Graf, and not Brook Shields.
What also makes this a brilliantly essential autobiography are some startling revelations, not least of which, revealed from the very start, is that Agassi has despised tennis all his life and was driven to tennis stardom by a father who cared of nothing else but to have a tennis champ for a son.
I never read the printed version
I never knew, he had a wig. It was incredible to know he was more nervous about that, that for the match.
When he finally noticed he was done for the game. Once he played against Roger Federer and knew, he was going to be # 1.
You don't always turn out to be what you want!
Andre's honesty and openness. By the end of the book you feel like you know him, and doubtful he's the guy you thought you knew watching from afar over the years. I love his heart, his spirit, and his passion. The narrator does a great job in conveying his emotional journey.
Yes. Too long for one sitting, but I did find it hard to put down.
Wonderfully written and narrated book. I was always a fan of Andre's, however, I have gained a new level of respect and admiration. If you are interested in an inspiring autobiography and enjoy the game of tennis, it's a must read. Enjoy!
Agassi is candid and interesting. I wanted to learn what it is like to be a top flight tennis player, especially the psychological aspects of the sport -- what players think about and how that affects their performance. That's all here in great detail. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed listening. The narrator is really good too.
i love andre's pure honesty
no but erik is outstanding
yes i laughed, cried multiple times, i feel i know andre and would love to now meet him
ive listened to this book twice and each time i got so much out of it. ive now made it manditory for my friends and family to listen to , and since they have everyone loves talking about it with me. read it!
Really enjoyed this book. I liked hearing about his life from HIS perspective. I know that Sampras and Brooke Shields have wildly different perspectives, but I thought this inside-Agassi's-head memories were really fascinating. It was cool that he effectively conveyed humbleness about his tennis, somehow. The whole thing was a love letter to his wife, which is super sweet. And damn, he trashed Brooke Shields! I am team Brooke all the way but this didn't make me angry or anything, it was interesting to hear unabashed one-sided thoughts from a man (a jerk).
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I was not expecting to like this book. In fact, I would never have chosen it if it weren't for a friend who recommended it. It even sat in my wishlist for over a year before I finally decided to give it a try. I wish I had read it sooner.
"Open" is Agassi's story of triumph, failure and perseverence. He appears to spare no details or criticism of himself. You feel the pain when he falls, and you are elated when he wins, both in tennis and in life. Agassi's tale is an inpiration to others.