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The Outsider Audiobook

The Outsider: A Memoir

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Jimmy Connors is a working-man's hero, a people's champion who could tear the cover off a tennis ball, just as he tore the cover off the country-club gentility of his sport. A renegade from the wrong side of the tracks, Connors broke the rules with a radically aggressive style of play and bad-boy antics that turned his matches into prizefights. In 1974 alone, he won 95 out of 99 matches, all of them while wearing the same white shorts he washed in the sink of his hotel bathrooms. Though he lived the rock star life away from tennis, his enduring dedication to his craft earned him eight Grand Slam singles titles and kept him among the top ten best players in the world for sixteen straight years - five at number one.

In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi. Connors reveals how his issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, gambling, and women at various times threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire.

Presiding over an era that saw tennis attract a new breed of passionate fans - from cops to tycoons - Connors transformed the game forever with his two-handed backhand, his two-fisted lifestyle, and his epic rivalries.

The Outsider is a grand slam of a memoir written by a man once again at the top of his game - as feisty, unvarnished, and defiant as ever.

©2013 Jimmy Connors (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14
    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Insight"

    Gave a good insight of a champion. I could see the effort that goes into making a champion. Also he loved his journey unlike Andre Agassi which is also inspiring.

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    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 09-13-13
    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2009

    70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

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    "Better than I expected"
    Where does The Outsider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not being a big tennis fan, I was surprised that the book held my attention and made me want to see what would happen next. It's probably as good as any of the biographies I've listened to (with the exception of Rob Lowe's).


    What other book might you compare The Outsider to and why?

    It reminded me alot of Joe Namath's biography as it chronologically told about the events professionally and personally and how each coincided and affected the other. Professional successes and failures influenced personal behavior and personel events affected professional performance levels, etc. Also told about physical injuries and how they affected life long after the career was ended.


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

    No, but he was fantastic. I often forgot I wasn't listening to Jimmy Connors telling his life story. There was humor and self-deprecation, there was sincerity when dealing with personal conflicts and losses, there was anger when injustices were inflicted. He told the story as if it were his own. Very impressive!


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

    Well, I didn't cry but I did laugh a little. Connors has a good sense of humor and his antidotes about other famous tennis players, family members and even his own problems were told with self-deprecating humor. I found myself liking Connors and wishing I had watched him play more.


    Any additional comments?

    A few "choice" words but fairly clean all-in-all.

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    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-25-13
    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "THE Competitor"
    Would you listen to The Outsider again? Why?

    Yes, I would. Jimmy is an interesting person and for me as a sports fan his love of tennis shows.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsider?

    His harsh childhood !


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

    If possible I would have enjoyed doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed his lack of commentary regarding Andre Agassi since he made a big point in his book we all understand he believes Connors is a big jerk.

    I was moved by his frankness regarding his close friendships with Vitas Gerulaitis and Ilie Nastase.

    He does love tennis.

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    H. Seal Beach, CA, United States 07-19-13
    H. Seal Beach, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Connors - my tennis idol"
    What did you love best about The Outsider?

    Getting a real inside look into the stories of Connor career and life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Connors of course. Beyond that, maybe Nastase.


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

    Rich Orlow was excellent. I was disappointed at first that the author didn't read the book but after about five minute, Mr. Orlow make you forget it is not Jimmy Connors. He sounds like a cross between Connors and Charlie Sheen.


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    Mike WACONIA, MN, United States 07-10-13
    Mike WACONIA, MN, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Talking to Jimmy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the game of Tennis. I never played competitive Tennis and I found the story and history interesting. That history has helped me appreciate the game more today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Jimmy wrote the story which is conversational. I imagine myself sitting down in a bar asking questions of Jimmy and he telling me about his life. I enjoyed that very much.


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

    An honest life.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand Jimmy Connors much more after reading this book. He is honest and unapologetic which is great in an autobiography. I read Open by Agassi and enjoyed that book as well but what this book has that Open didn't is the history of the game and how the game was played and developed and Jimmy did a great job giving me that history.

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    DPLeake Texas, USA 07-08-13
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    "Very interesting story!"
    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed 70's-80's History.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned so much about what led up to the Open Era and how big tennis was in the US during Jimmy's fame! I wish I would have been more into tennis when the US seemed to dominate the men's singles!


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

    I have not listened to any other Rich Orlow performances, but I thought at times that "Jimmy Connors" was actually the speaker! I was definitely focused!


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

    No extreme reactions to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess we'll have to wait for Jimmy's next book to find out what he is going to do next!

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 07-07-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "authentic and refreshing"

    Great listen. The only thing that could have made it better is if Connors narrated it. You'll hear the whole story, from East St. Louis to #1. Particularly interesting to me was how Connors told of the influence of his mother and grandmother. Most entertaining were his tales of mischief with "Nasty."

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    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 07-02-13
    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story"
    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    I loved Jimmy Connors as a player, but found him less likable as a person after listening to this. Contrast the story with Andre Agassi's, who I grew to like more.........left me a bit disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details


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    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 05-24-13
    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 05-24-13 Member Since 2013

    stratmanz

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    "Loved it but wish Jimbo would have narrated"
    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    Players were Personalities!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsider?

    For me , this book brought back so many memories of my youth and my brief career in Tennis....the Nastase stories were awesome!


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

    No I have not....He does a good job, but I kind of wish Jimmy would have narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of his son Brett.....You can really tell he loves his family....


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back in time ...these stories were so great, and flashed me back to a time when players had personality other than their clothing.....

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