Yet, soon after the Grand Slam, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones.
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"A swift, surefooted account of Jones's remarkable life and career." (Publishers Weekly)
"Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times....Highly recommended for all sports collections." (Library Journal)
For anyone who loves what golf IS, not just playing, this is a book unlike any other. Bobby Jones, through the somewhat sentimental eye of Mark Frost, is the kind of man you wish you knew; flawed in many ways, just like you, but greater in most ways than you'll ever be. Many biographies tell you a narrow story about the subject with only enough information about the person's surroundings to give context. Frost tells the story of America in the early 20th century and then places Bobby and his fellow golfers in the middle of that history. This is a long listen, but worth every minute. Grover Gardner does his usual outstanding job as reader and it never approaches boring. Great in every way.
Was very enjoyable. After listening to the whole book I walked away with "That was a great Book" To hear about the life and times of Bobby Jones, Golf, and America for the first half of the 20th century was fascinating and very well told.
Excellent book about Bobby Jones and the history of golf in the USA -- intertwined with the political and cultural events of the times. The reader, Grover Gardner, is one of Audible's best. He brings the story alive.
"The Grand Slam" is more than a story about golf's most enduring record. It is a story of the Roaring 20s and the establishment of sports as an important part of American life. It is the story of athletes becoming heroes and of one the greatest sportsman of all time, Bobby Jones. The wealth of detail is intimidating but the story is compelling and essential for any sports fan.
This is not just a story about golf, but a lesson in history. Mark Frost does a wonderful job telling the story of Bobby Jones and putting some great stories about history in the middle of it. You will learn a lot with this Audiobook. Grover Gardner does a wonderful job again.
This is one of my favorites. I am an avid golf enthusiast and loved learning more about one of the greats. It is well written and read, and kept me glued to listening.
He was terrific and was the perfect reader for this book.
Yes, if I had the time too.
Yes, it is a book that not only provides heartful insight into the most difficult game in the world but also the best player to date to have played it
None as yet
Passionate story telling
How I played the game
I'm a golf nut. So to say this is my favorite golf audio is saying a lot. I love the history of golf, the details from a time gone by and I enjoy hearing about Jones. Jones was more dominant in his era than Tiger was in his prime. On top of that Jones was a legendary golfer in his spare time. He was a lawyer by trade. It's an amazing story that is well told.
A book that will entertain not only those who are fans of the great game of golf but of American history in the early 20th century.
To say this book is a fabulous read and while rated it 5 stars across the board, it still does not seem to give it due credit. I truly felt as if I were taken back in time and was drawn into story that chronicled the amazing life of Bobby Jones and the early history of golf in America.
Truly an amazing read and Grover Gardner does an phenomenal job as always in bringing the story to life. You will not be disappointed.
I, to date have often performed "The eye roll" when hearing something, that, to me was a complete fib, or should I say, a magnification of what was, at one time,a fact!
Let me explain,,, "I once caught a fish THIS BIG!!!", I believe this to be one of the all time favourites. You will all hook a grin and say ,, Oh aye,, I know that man.and think of him as OK but an ass..
A free man can not get jailed for thinking, or having an opinion, for that thought is between him and his own God.
Thats where most of us fail in our perception of people who make these magnifications , I believe that Bobby Jones simply looked on it as " a big fish tale! Then he smiled, a real smile
This man was , in reality something , that in my 45 years to date, I can count on one finger a person of his like, that I knew and did not see it.But , I see it now , 10 years after his death at 32.....
Golf is just a game,,, When you read this book and experience the big fish tale weeks or months after completing this , you will not only be a better and happier golfer, I do believe , you will never call anybody an ass again, they will be ,, and very simply ,, a good storyteller, which is a gift.....
Bobby Jones the man was more than normal , was it his father ? , was it his grandfather that made him and his ideal?
In my opinion, as an agnostic, I have the very uneviable honour of perhaps having to face the notion that fate is a fact,and this man was put on this earth to better us, like other great golfers of their day , Jesus Christ, Elvis, Martin Luther King, and Santa,,,,, Many years will I wrestle with this one, but, one thing is sure, .....
My golf is going to get better,,,and I will think twice before making an ascertion on a person for the rest of my days.......
Golf and life ,, enough said I believe, Fantastic read and have started it again............
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