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
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I was not expecting to like this book. In fact, I would never have chosen it if it weren't for a friend who recommended it. It even sat in my wishlist for over a year before I finally decided to give it a try. I wish I had read it sooner.
"Open" is Agassi's story of triumph, failure and perseverence. He appears to spare no details or criticism of himself. You feel the pain when he falls, and you are elated when he wins, both in tennis and in life. Agassi's tale is an inpiration to others.
The writing, the Story, and I REALLY identify with so much of this ...
After the AWESOME Story .. Theres a LOVE Story ...
so many, Meeting Perry, Gil, just how he describes the people in his life. Brook, Steffi, the Kids ... he recall of the games, the pain of an athletes body .. so many things.
I was never REALLY a Tennis fan, but i am, and have been for a while, an Andre Agassi Fan! This is my top 3 book of the last year. Hands Down WORTH EVERY BIT OF THE 18 hrs. the WRITING and NARRATION are BOTH AWESOME! and I MEAN THAT!
Fan of non-fiction, history and leadership philosophy.
Agassi told stories that you wanted to hear about.
Agassi was very open about his personal issues and how he handled the spot light. I see him as a genuine person now and not a flashy tennis star.
This book is a great listen and I am not a big tennis fan.
I connected with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing that would have made it better is if Andre would have narrated himself. Erik Davies was very good and I have no complaints, but I found myself wondering what Andre would have sounded like. Great book. Really interesting even for non-tennis buffs.
Yes. Because you get a fascinating, inside story about what this athlete endured in order to compete at the top of his game in the sport of tennis.
It felt honest, and included parts of his life that must have been painful to share and yet the listener is allowed inside. Especially when it comes to his childhood and living with a tyrant of a father. His story goes deep when it comes to understanding the psychology of why he hated and yet chased the dream of achieving being the best, in the world of tennis.
Excellent voice with consistent expression throughout the story.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))
One of my all-time favorites
Every side of the main character
compelling, generous, touching, open and so very funny!
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.
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).
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.
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).
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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