This was a surprisingly engaging lllloooonnnnggg book. I'm not a tennis fan, but even found the match descriptions easy to follow. Remarkably candid and self revelatory and completely without self serving excuses. Lots of candid insights to other tennis & popular celebrities, including Sampras, Brooke Shields, McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, etc. The inspired introduction to the book - titled "The End" - made listening through the journey possible: from self engrossed lost soul, to fully formed adult, because much of Agassi's early journey chronicled a very tortured/self destructive/self engrossed youth which would have turned me off if the book hadn't started with the introduction and hint of the "redemption" he found at the end of his career.
been waiting for this book for quite a while and it more than exceeded my expectations...very honest, even when bringing up his flaws - and there were many...we are about the same age and I lived in Vegas at the same time and i always wanted to just run into him and spark up a conversation - this book was that conversation and i didn't want it to end, although the end was spot on perfect...bravo!
This book is good, amazingly good. The remarkably high average ratings, from large numbers of reviewers, on both Audible and Amazon will attest to this. But let's face it, one's response to this audiobook, an intimate, straight from the gut first person memoir, will hinge on one's reaction to the narrator. For me, the narrator has a kind of immediate emotional urgency that works quite well. Very moving, in fact. But most of the objections from the minority of reviewers who didn't take to the narrator are also quite valid. It's a very subjective call. You might want to listen to the audio sample before deciding between paper or audio on this one.
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.