Wonderful autobiography. It is amazing what Andre Agassi went through as a child. And he tells it with a sense of humor. You'll hear all the inside jokes, all the true adventures of his life in tennis. You don't have to be a tennis fan; I'm not. I enjoyed this book so much. I just loved it. The narrator, Erik Davies, is excellent. The dry humor comes through. You will laugh, you will cry, believe me, get this book!
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Andre is an excellent writer and he describes the past events very well, not to mention that the storyline has a great layout. If you play tennis and/or are an avid tennis fan, especially during that era, this book will fit very well. The reader is good, once you get used to him, and I could imagine Andre would talk in a similar tone.
Like others before me, I thought the story was good, but would have much preferred hearing his words in his voice (or maybe Perry's!!). The Narrator didn't know the story, and likely didn't know tennis. I noticed him sometimes mis-pronouncing words, and often mis-using phrases, pausing in the incorrect spots in the middle of a sentence.
As far as the content, I'm amazed at the ups and downs in Andre's life. I'm glad I bought it and listened to it. I listen to the books in the car on my Garmin during my daily commute, and would often find myself sitting in the driveway to hear the end of the current "story".
It's long and very detailed. Many matches are outlined point by point, game by game, set by set, and his relationship with other stars and his "team" comes out in an interesting fashion.
A good read (listen) and well worth the Audible "credit"!!
This is an honest autobiography. It is inspirational without being forced. The reader did an excellent job of creating the right tone for this book. I hadn't expected to enjoy Open as much as I did. i downloaded it out of a voyeuristic curiosity and was pleased that it was so much more.
Agassi's story is one of the most intriguing in sports. This book is unrelenting in the clear-eyed approach Andre takes to describing his life, feelings, and relationships throughout his amazing career.
My only complaint is that the narrator takes an equally unrelenting tone that borders between morose and suicidal. I had to struggle to hear the familiar voice of Andre Agassi in the words being spoken. The quality of Eric Davies inflection was so singular that it was hard to glean the emotional state of the man as he traversed the first four decades of his life.
I wish they had either had Andre read it himself, or selected someone with a similar timbre and tone.
This is a great listen. I had a hard time liking the narrator at first but he grew on me. And this has turned out to be a fantastic listen. I highly recommend it.
Had read the reviews of Agassi's book, and found the autobiography exceeded my expectations. Though there are loads of descriptions of tennis matches, the focus seems to be on Andre as a person. He's a much more complex and likable fellow than we knew from news commentaries during his tennis career. And, at the end of the day, he seems to have good perspective on what it all means. And he's made so many contributions to his community. Admirable athlete!
The best audiobook I have downloaded so far. I like tennis and I liked Agassi. After learning the real Agassi I like and respect him even more. Not a dull moment and I will listen to it again.
I should say first I am not a tennis player, or really even an avid tennis watcher. But I did follow Andre Agassi's career through the years so I was interested in this book. I found him to come across as so needy it was painful to listen to, and when he could have delved deeper into events or feelings, he skimmed them. The narrator bothered me quite a bit. Switching to a slightly higher pitch when a female was talking got very annoying. The story and the narration were just very flat. I don't feel I have much more insight into him, his motivations, his choices, etc., as it stayed at a very superficial level.
I was apprehensive about learning the inside scoop on one of my childhood heroes. The media decided to focus on two aspects of this autobiography: his hair, and his ironic distaste for tennis.
You would do yourself a great disservice to assume that terse summary does this great autobiography any justice. In many ways this summary is indicative of the way the media has treated Agassi his whole career. In fact, this book delves inside the head of an incredibly sensitive, down-to-earth and observant world-class athlete and his struggles in tennis, but more importantly, with what is important in life.
A very gripping and enjoyable read!