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!
I thought the book was very interesting. Believing it or not isn't an issue. I'm not sure I can all of the items from "his perspective", but in many ways, Andre comes across as aloof and immature, even to this day. However, it shows amazing insight into the life of tennis players in general, and I really like Andre. the book reads well and I highly recommend it from an athletes perspective. I played a lot of tennis, so it might be more interesting to someone like me.
This was the most self indulgent piece of crap I have ever read. The only time I have ever read someone's life story and gone from liking the individual to loathing him/her. By part three I just could not listen any longer. Save your money. OPEN is better left CLOSED.