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Publisher's Summary

Gary is a sweet and decent man. Only two things would improve his life - having children with his gorgeous wife, Pauline, and a lower golf handicap. Both are unlikely.

Pauline is wondering how she ended up living in an ugly little house, driving a second-hand car and making a living dressing up as Tinker Bell. She's planning to leave Gary for a self-made carpet millionaire.

Findlay, the Carpet King of Scotland, wants to trade in his obese wife for a younger model. But if he goes for a divorce, she'll take him to the cleaners. If only there was some way she could be made to disappear....

Lee, Gary's luckless brother, has botched one too many drug deals. Local crime overlord Ranta Campbell gives him one more job - one last chance to get it right. Lee's done some bad things - but murder?

When Gary gets smashed on the head by a golf ball and miraculously develops an absolutely perfect swing, everyone finds their fates rest on the final day of the Open Championship....

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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Great Book

Loved this book. well written and will keep you laughing. looking forward reading another of Johns book's

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  • Greg
  • 12-11-15

Funniest book I've ever heard/read

Never has a book made me laugh out loud as much as this one did. John Nivens best book in my opinion, however they are all great.

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  • A. Incekara
  • 11-25-17

funny especially for those who love the game

great listen -laughed out loud quite a bit - funny moments for golf fans- enjoyed a lot

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  • Grey fortress melancholy
  • 10-03-17

Laugh yer cock aff

Funniest book you’ll ever read, You’ll laugh till your sides hurt and then laugh some more.

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  • heather mcvey
  • 09-14-17

laugh out loud

By far the best book i have ever heard.You can't help but laugh out loud.

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  • Graham Cox
  • 08-24-17

fantastically funny

this book is the funniest ive ever read, with a beautiful story of interlinking flawed characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-17

Laugh out loud all the way through!

I listen to this during my commute to work. my fellow commuters must think me very strange for the number of times I'd burst out laughing for no apparent reason!

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  • Stephen P.
  • 03-24-17

Riveting

Haven't enjoyed a book so much in long time,
very cleverly woven Laughed out loud, Brilliant characters, keen to discover more from John Niven

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  • Steve Tomkins
  • 12-29-16

Side splittingly funny!

The only way to do this is through and audiobook! The accents add a lot to the whole experience - great read - highly recommended

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  • ch00w00
  • 09-05-16

a bit golf heavy

a bit too much golf but made up for by swearing, quite funny and interesting characters.

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  • Lesley
  • 07-19-16

Got it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. As a crap golfer, I can relate to Gary's predicament and all crap golfers will just get it.
I laughed out loud on several occasions .
WARNING: The coarse language isn't for the faint of heart. Don't have your car windows down in slow traffic when listening to this; you could get into trouble.

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  • Helen V
  • 03-31-17

Laugh out loud funny....

What made the experience of listening to The Amateurs the most enjoyable?

This book is laugh out loud funny (care required when driving) but probably should come with a language warning. Didn't worry us though as it really raised the believability of some of the characters. This book goes a long way to helping the non-golfers (us) understand the bloody single mindedness that some golfers have about the statistics of the game.

The narrator Angus King was terrific and appropriately accented which just added to the listening experience.

What other book might you compare The Amateurs to, and why?

Not quite in the same league as The Sunshine Cruise Company but very very close. On par with The Second Coming.