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An American Caddie in St. Andrews Audiobook

An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course

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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of Oliver Horovitz's high school graduation ceremony, his cell phone rang: It was Harvard. He'd been accepted, but he couldn't start for another year. A caddie since he was 12 and a golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decided to spend his gap year in St. Andrews, Scotland - a town with the UK's highest number of pubs per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf's most famous 18 holes - where he enrolls in the St. Andrews Links Trust caddie trainee program.

Initially, the notoriously brusque veteran caddies treat Ollie like a bug. But after a year of waking up at 4:30 a.m. every morning and looping two rounds a day, Ollie earns their grudging respect - only to have to pack up and leave for Harvard.

There, Ollie's new classmates are the sons of Albania's UN ambassador, the owner of Heineken, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Surrounded by sixth-generation legacies, he feels like a fish out of water all over again and can't wait to get back to St. Andrews. Even after graduation, when his college friends rush to Wall Street, Horovitz continues to return each summer to caddie on the Old Course.

A hilarious, irresistible, behind-the-scenes peek at the world's most celebrated golf course - and its equally famous caddie shack - An American Caddie in St. Andrews is certain to not only entertain golfers and fans of St. Andrews but also anyone who dares to remember stumbling into adulthood and finding one's place in the world.

©2013 Oliver Horovitz (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links." (Publishers Weekly)

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    David 06-02-16
    David 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous read"

    There is nothing to dislike about this story. If you love golf and enjoy getting up early to watch the Open Championship on TV, you will love this listen. Five stars!!

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    Erik 04-04-16
    Erik 04-04-16
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    "good story. took 2 chapters to get into it"

    For the first two chapters I thought Ollie's voice was a little too monotone. however he later starts to do more voices as more characters appear.

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    Rachel 03-31-16
    Rachel 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Golf to the max."

    If golf is in your heart and you appreciate the nuances of the game, this book is for you. Golf Nerd Was Here.

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    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 12-29-15
    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "In My Top Ten of All Time! And I don't golf!"
    Would you listen to An American Caddie in St. Andrews again? Why?

    Absolutely. Authentic. Genuine. Sweet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Caddie in St. Andrews?

    Meeting with the Caddy Master, Rick, to ask his permission to make the documentary.


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

    His own narration is priceless--with the accents! I'd never get that in the written version!


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written. Thank you, Ollie!

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-10-15
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "hilarious!"

    Great story about Ollie's seasons of caddying at St. Andrews. Lots of laughs. Totally enjoyable.

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    "Enjoyed it a ton!"

    Great read for any hack. Gives a bunch of information that I never knew. Funny and very entertaining. This is the first book in a hundred I gave 5 stars for in my audio library

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    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-26-17
    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-26-17 Member Since 2007
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    "More than a golf book"
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    I bought it to learn more about the Old Course, but got a lot more out of it than that. Oliver is a very good writer and does a great job reading his own work. He is mature beyond his years and his coming of age story was very interesting.

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    Paul 07-13-17
    Paul 07-13-17
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    "Superb stories/relative to all!"

    Great stories, especially for Golf fans! And the girl chasing was an excellent sunset to the overall theme. Can't wait for this to be adapted to the big screen or TV! #UncleKen

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    Gregor R. 02-28-17
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    "fantastically narrated by the author."

    Ollie did a fantastic job narrating this audio book. his impressions of the Scots are hilarious. very interesting person with a great story to tell. A man who found himself trapped between two very different worlds. there is a lot more depth to this book than the cover suggests. this is not just for golf fans.

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    Patrick 02-03-17
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    "A must for golf enthusiasts"

    Performance starts slow but author grows into his characters and performance. Lots of great golf stories and experiences shared. Really enjoyed it.

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