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The Grand Slam Audiobook

The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

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Publisher's Summary

In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nils Phoenixville, PA, USA 01-18-09
    Nils Phoenixville, PA, USA 01-18-09
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    "You need to Listen to this One."

    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.

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    Joe York 05-27-16
    Joe York 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I've done all 3 of Mark Frost's golf books and they were outstanding."

    I thought Grand Slam was an outstanding book. The historic perspective along with the biography of Bobby Jones as well as brief bios on other golfers and key figures was fascinating. Frost brings you back in time like you lived in that period. Can't wait for him to do another golf book, I will definitely purchase.

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    leon teutli 05-05-16
    leon teutli 05-05-16
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    "IF YOU LOVE GOLF THIS IS THE ONE BOOK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent detail of historic context surrounding Bobby's feats.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grand Slam?

    His interactions with the Scots. The St Andrew's moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bobby becomes honorary member of St Andrews town.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Bobby was the greatest. Jack and Arnold second and third. Not only the golf, the class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Whitman 02-17-16

    Daniel S. Whitman

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    "Fantastic"

    If you love golf then this is a must listen/read. Such a fascinating man and player

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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania USA 01-29-16
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania USA 01-29-16
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    "Grover Gardner's voice is perfect for this book. "

    Grover Gardner's voice is perfect for this book. His pronunciations are spot on.

    well researched book

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    Leonel Aguilar Guatemala 10-09-14
    Leonel Aguilar Guatemala 10-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great man, good story and a lot of insight into US history in those days.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To learn about golf's greatest


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His speech at St. Andrews when he returns


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

    Probably


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    steve sollentuna, Sweden 03-26-11
    steve sollentuna, Sweden 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Golf is just a game, How one acts is not,,,"

    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............

    Stevesblakely

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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