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Open: An Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.

Agassi's incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of 13, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. By the time he turns pro at 16, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning-fast return.

And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight, he becomes a fan favorite and a media target.

Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generations - Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer - Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular resurrection, a comeback climaxing with his epic run at the 1999 French Open and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.

With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be listened to and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate listeners who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.

©2009 Andre Agassi; (P)2009 Random House

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    Emily Charlotte, NC 05-02-13
    Emily Charlotte, NC 05-02-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Couldn't stop listening!!!"

    My first memories of tennis are of Andre Agassi. It's honest, funny, well written and overall fascinating to me. I find myself Googling him and the people he played while I listen to it here in my office. I also have a strong urge to go to Dick's Sporting and buy a racket even though I haven't played the game since 1995. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    Colin San Francisco, CA, United States 04-09-13
    Colin San Francisco, CA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well this is just weak."

    Parts of the story are interesting, particularly his upbringing under his father, but the book cannot be recommended. Agassi will not strike you as a particularly bright guy, and his stories are lame. Couple that with a narrator who insists on whispering everything, and you've got yourself a painful read. The prologue alone is enough to put most to sleep. If you decide to stick with it (like I did), you'll only have wasted time that could be spent listening to something better.

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    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-17-13
    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

    Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))

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    "Eye-Opening...pun intended!"
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my all-time favorites


    What did you like best about this story?

    its' openness.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

    Every side of the main character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    compelling, generous, touching, open and so very funny!

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    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Brilliant"

    I could not stop listening to this book. The stories about Agassi's trials and tribulations hit all of my emotions and I now have a much greater respect for somebody who I already loved as an athlete. Perhaps the best book I have listened to.

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    Matt S. Ohio USA 03-03-13
    Matt S. Ohio USA 03-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Intriguing & Worthwhile"
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love biographies that don't read like fiction, and this is one of the best. No matter if you're not a huge tennis fan or barely remember Andre- I found myself disappointed that I had been so oblivious to many of these stories (thanks to YouTube, I've been catching up on many of the big events as I listened to this book).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andre, of course. He's not perfect, and I wouldn't want to be him. His taste is music is awful, and appears to choose to be surrounded by an assortment of eccentric circus-worthy outcasts without even realizing it. Just like all of us, he's weird and flawed, and just trying to live the best life he can.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration is clear and well-paced (no need for 1.5x Playback speed here). Only "gripe" is his voice for female characters (it's the same for both of Andre's wives).


    Any additional comments?

    Sat on my Wish List forever- ended up blowing through the 18 hour book in only 2 weeks (while commuting & work-outs). No regrets.

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    Joakim Torrance, California, United States 02-04-13
    Joakim Torrance, California, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "When tennis was interesting"

    Agassi is quite a character, probably leaving nobody indifferent or even neutral. His story is really interesting and it is told with an impressive level of detail. There are no doubt other versions of the stories he tells and more than one side to his accounts of e.g. disputes with players like Becker, Connors and Muster - but it is still fun to read! He tries to distance himself from his bad boy image and although he gains some sympathy I still get the feeling it was not completely unjustified in the first place.... Irrespective of white you think of all of this I think you will enjoy the read/listen!

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    Seth LINCOLN, NE, United States 01-21-13
    Seth LINCOLN, NE, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A+"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Great. story. Well written.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes; he did a great job.
    Although, he used the same extra deep voice for most male adults & his female voices made Brooke etc. sound whiny.
    But, overall, great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harder. Hit Harder!


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    E.R. 01-03-13
    E.R. 01-03-13
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    "Interesting Autobiography"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a tennis fan but I do love a good autobiography. I found Agassi's life story very interesting, and his telling of his story comes from an honest and humble place. Although I definitely wouldn't call it a "tell all". He was very respectful in talking about his relationships with Streisand, and for the most part, Brooke Shields, although his disdain for her is evident. The only thing I didn't like about it was the constant, unending play-by-play of seemingly every tennis game he's ever played. But those parts would probably be interesting to anyone who loves tennis. All in all I found it a good read.

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    Allyson 12-19-12
    Allyson 12-19-12
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    "I Had No Idea! An Amazing Story!"

    Of course, we all know of Andrea Agassi, but to learn how his childhood shaped the man was great! Loved the honesty of his relationships & philanthropy after retirement.

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    MR 11-13-12
    MR 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story great player"
    What did you love best about Open?

    The honesty of Agassi's story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agassi who else!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The tennis game at the end...his life is complete and happy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Agassi ... the secrets behind the player


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Andre, for letting us into your life.

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