What a fantastic insight to how the media can portray an individual vs. what's really going on. Just such a good read. At first you want to slap him and get tired of his excuses, but he adapts, adjust, and creates a life he wants. Great read!
You may have thought you knew about Andre Agassi before, but this book really opens your eyes to who he is and what the world of professional tennis is really like. The story will keep you listening in the car even though you have pulled into your driveway. The only negative is the reader's voice. The way he changes his voice for the female characters borders on disrespectful. It would have been great if Andre Agassi could have just read it himself. Still really good!
I loved this story, not a huge tennis fan, but always liked Agassi. The book is definitely long, but truly engaging and interesting. I could not stand the narrator. His voice was breathy and whiny, he uses the same one manly voice for all the male characters, and the same goofy girly voice for all the women, making otherwise strong women sound ridiculous. If the book had not been so good, I would have given up. It would have been nice to hear the book read by Andre himself, but alas. Otherwise wonderful insight and an amazingly detailed autobiography from a legend.
As a long-time tennis fan, I've followed Andre throughout his amazing career, and feel that he's now won a Grand Slam in the publishing world. The only fault I can find is with the reader, who should have, at least, made an attempt to learn the proper pronunciation of the various players' names. Well done Andre, and may your life and that of Stefanie and your children continue to be filled with love and joy; and may your foundation go from strength to strength. Thank you for sharing.
Being a huge tennis fan, I loved getting the inside story of great rivalries, great successes and great failures. An incredible insight into exactly what goes into the making of a legend. I did find myself rolling my eyes as the refrain "I hate tennis" was repeated throughout the book. The narrator did an excellent job, although I would have liked to have heard Agassi read it himself. It is, however, easily the greatest sports biography I have ever read, and a remarkably honest look at an uncommon life.
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!