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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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    JoJo Northern California 11-25-14
    JoJo Northern California 11-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Reading is everything to me - gave me escape as an abused child who needed it desperately; the universe when my world was a small village.

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    This was not only well written but it is a good story often feeling like a well written novel. Agassi is honest and raw - poignant and often subtly humorous. I am not a tennis buff but did not find the tennis talk unbearable. My barometer of how good a book is how much my mind drifts from the story and this did not happen one - I was kept engaged the whole listen. The narrator was a perfect match also. I will browse for other books he narrates. The high ratings that still resulted from the cumulative rating to number of raters speaks volumes. Go ahead and get this book, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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    A. Bedrossian La Crescenta, CA USA 11-22-14
    A. Bedrossian La Crescenta, CA USA 11-22-14 Listener Since 2005

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    "Great Story."
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All the way on top 5.


    What other book might you compare Open to and why?

    Can't think of any other books.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    Good speaker...had my attention at all times.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-13-14
    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Shockingly Open and Real"
    Any additional comments?

    I love a good autobiography and this one certainly delivered. The level of detail that Audre shared about every aspect of his life is what made this book so good. I didn't want to turn it off. He shares everything from tennis, family, marriage, divorce and more. The writing style I found was really enjoyable to listen to. He was so detailed in describing his feelings that I really did feel like I knew him after listening to this book. My only disappointment is that he did not narrate the audio book himself.

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    Anthony Horsley Austin, TX 06-04-14
    Anthony Horsley Austin, TX 06-04-14
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    "Great Roadtrip Book for Agassi Fans"
    If you could sum up Open in three words, what would they be?

    Agassi's Revisionist Take


    What did you like best about this story?

    As an Agassi fan, I really liked walking through his tennis career and intersecting some of the matches and moments of his that stand out in my own memory. There were a couple times when I felt Agassi's memory of his motivations going into or during a match were colored with historical revisionist glasses. A lot of matches he lost were because of lack of motivation and most wins were preordained. It's forgivable since the details are still told well. I also have a much better view of Steffi Graf through this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the opening chapter detailing every nuance of getting himself ready to play Baghdatis.


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

    Yes, it work really well for the long road trip I was on.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are an Agassi fan then I think this is a good book to round out the person we think we knew on the tennis court.

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    Amy Giangardella 05-11-14
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    "Very entertaining even if you hate tennis!"
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its near the top. This book is so interesting and entertaining. I laughed out loud and cried. Some of the matches were nail biters even though I knew the outcome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open?

    There's a really funny story about a stuffed panda and how it changes Andre's life. You can't make this stuff up!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was OK. He does a good Andre impression but everyone else sounds the same.


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    John Braine London, United kingdom 05-07-14
    John Braine London, United kingdom 05-07-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Great autobiography - even for a non-sports fan"
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    I heard a lot of good things about Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. And right from the opening pages I thought wow, this is great. Agassi is a really good writer, with interesting thoughts, and a fascinating life, which makes for a perfect autobiography; a fascinating insight into a someone’s life full of little nuggets of life lessons they’ve learned.

    I have to admit, as someone with no interest in sport I did get a little bit bored with the tennis bits occasionally, and overall felt that it could have been shortened. Some of the tennis stuff got so repetitive, for me, that I didn’t even notice when I had accidentally skipped a huge chunk of the audiobook. I only noticed the great leap when he started talking about girlfriends again and he was suddenly with Stefi Graf, and not Brook Shields.

    What also makes this a brilliantly essential autobiography are some startling revelations, not least of which, revealed from the very start, is that Agassi has despised tennis all his life and was driven to tennis stardom by a father who cared of nothing else but to have a tennis champ for a son.

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    Moises 01-24-14
    Moises 01-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Open to be better than the print version?

    I never read the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open?

    I never knew, he had a wig. It was incredible to know he was more nervous about that, that for the match.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he finally noticed he was done for the game. Once he played against Roger Federer and knew, he was going to be # 1.


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

    You don't always turn out to be what you want!


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    Monique 11-27-13
    Monique 11-27-13
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Andre's honesty and openness. By the end of the book you feel like you know him, and doubtful he's the guy you thought you knew watching from afar over the years. I love his heart, his spirit, and his passion. The narrator does a great job in conveying his emotional journey.


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

    Yes. Too long for one sitting, but I did find it hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully written and narrated book. I was always a fan of Andre's, however, I have gained a new level of respect and admiration. If you are interested in an inspiring autobiography and enjoy the game of tennis, it's a must read. Enjoy!

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    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 09-02-13
    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 09-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting and informative."

    Agassi is candid and interesting. I wanted to learn what it is like to be a top flight tennis player, especially the psychological aspects of the sport -- what players think about and how that affects their performance. That's all here in great detail. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed listening. The narrator is really good too.

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    Amazon Customer las vegas, NV, United States 08-24-13
    Amazon Customer las vegas, NV, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "the best audiobook ive ever listened to"
    What did you love best about Open?

    i love andre's pure honesty


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

    no but erik is outstanding


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes i laughed, cried multiple times, i feel i know andre and would love to now meet him


    Any additional comments?

    ive listened to this book twice and each time i got so much out of it. ive now made it manditory for my friends and family to listen to , and since they have everyone loves talking about it with me. read it!

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