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.
Not sure why, but I found this book like most of the other reviewers: captivating. A very different autobiography in that this is so personal. Really give you a glimpse into what the life of "superstars" must be like, and how "unreal" it is, especially coming from someone who basically sounds like a regular normal person. Also you will never read sports columnists without a grade of skepticism again, after understanding how really little insight we have into the regular everyday lives of these people we case as either heros or villains, when in fact they are just people with an extraordinary talent.
I loved this book.
This book was fascinating from beginning to end. I felt Agassi was more honest than most people who tell their story. He gives a revealing interesting look into his life. The narration on this book was also top notch.
I am a huge fan of Andre. I love how much he adores his cute wife. I am empressed how generous he is. I enjoyed learning about his life how ever the language was so offensive that I almost quit listening it several times. I get that maybe that is the way it was for him, but it was a little too much for me.
The book offers us a different perspective of the tennis legend. It was nice to have an inside view of what was going on in his head during his matches. The book was honest, and quite entertaining. I enjoyed it. Thanks for telling us your story, Andre.
The narrator is SO good I thought it was Adnre himself reading.
To see what he has accomplished with what was going on inside his head is fascinating.