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Missing Links Audiobook

Missing Links

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Publisher's Summary

From Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly comes this spoof of all things golf and country club.

Missing Links is the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and play golf together at Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli, not so fondly known as Ponky. An 18-hole garbage dump with hazards that include a concrete river surrounded by a chain-link fence and the pillars of the elevated train that runs through the course, it is reputed to be the worst golf course in America.

One day the group inadvertently discovers that all along they've been playing right next door to the Mayflower Club, a true golfing Eden. The rollicking plot includes a bet to see who will be first to sneak in a round at the Mayflower, as well as the narrator's attempts to reach some sort of reasonable understanding with his overbearing father.

©1996 Rick Reilly (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“[E]asily the wittiest golf novel yet—the Bull Durham of the genre, and the closest thing to Caddyshack on paper we're likely to get.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it." (Bob Costas, NBC commentator)

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    STEVE N. SALEM, MA 07-10-16
    STEVE N. SALEM, MA 07-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Reilly is great."

    Rick Riley is a better writer then Jenkins or Harvey. Can't wait to read sequel.

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    Erik 03-18-16
    Erik 03-18-16
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    "seriously funny"

    this book needs to be shot as a movie. these characters are larger than life.

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    GoodGolfer 07-10-15
    GoodGolfer 07-10-15
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    "Hilariously well written."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Missing Links to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition was very well done. The narrator hits all the accents perfectly.


    What other book might you compare Missing Links to and why?

    Since I heard of this book through the book "In search of Burningbush" I must reciprocate the reference. Two down would be proud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pretty much the whole thing.


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

    Ha. its not that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The narration is well done and the writing is excellent to say the least. When you imagine a narrator as the author, you know it is done well.

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    charles 01-27-13
    charles 01-27-13
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    "great winter listen"
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    I really enjoyed the break from golf instructional books with this humorous short novel. A great listen to pass the weeks until spring. Any listeners that play the same Municipal Golf Course round after round will enjoy this great little book.

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    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 08-23-12
    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!

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    "Alot of Fun and well worth the listen!"

    I originally thought taht after the first 20 minutes I was going to regret that I purchased this book, boy was a I wrong. I ended up loving it! I will say taht there may be a few too many plots working simulataneously but the characters make it all the more worth while. A definite fun listen.

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    Brent L. Bolyard Arkansas 01-01-12
    Brent L. Bolyard Arkansas 01-01-12 Member Since 2013

    Concealed Weapon

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    "I'm a guy. I golf. I liked this book."
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    This is a book that will offend some people. Rick Reilly and I are about the same age. We spend time with athletes and are accustomed to locker room humor. I liked this book. Maybe not great literature, but it made my drive more enjoyable and I can't wait for spring so I can go golfing.

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    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 09-04-11
    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    ...at least the beginning. I didn't make it through more than 15 mintues of the story. I don't like th "F" word. If you don't mind it, you might like it. I can't review the story fairly because I didn't give it a listen for long enough so I gave it 3 stars, figuring it is neither good or bad.

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    Regina Seattle 02-19-11
    Regina Seattle 02-19-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Old time attitudes"

    There's a gloss of 21st Century in this writing, but it's thin. This story would make more sense had it been published in 1955, prior to the Civil Rights Movement. It's mildly racist and sexist throughout, with red-flag homophobia and a cruel prank played on a fat waitress. Why? Because she's fat, which is enough to make it funny, right? It's about we-won't-grow-up Peter Pans, with an unconvincing, slapped-on maturity ending. On the other hand, I don't know why I bought it, as I don't play golf. Maybe for golfers, all of the above is forgivable given the devotion to the game.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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