Miracle at Merion

The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan's Amazing Comeback and Victory at the 1950 U.S. Open
Narrated by: Richard Allen
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Sports, Golf
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Legendary sportswriter Red Smith characterized Ben Hogan’s comeback from a near-fatal automobile crash in February 1949 as “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Now, more than 60 years later, that statement still rings true. The crowning moment of Hogan’s comeback was his astonishing victory in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, where his battered legs could barely carry him on the 36-hole final day. Miracle at Merion -the recipient of the USGA’s 2010 Herbert Warren Wind Award for the best golf book of the year - tells the stirring story of Hogan’s valiant triumph over adversity.

©2010 David Barrett (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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“A must-read for anyone who cares about golf.” ( Booklist)

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Uninspired writing and poor narration

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Though reasonably well researched, this book came across like encyclopedia prose, lacking the colorfulness and emotionality of the subject matter. The narrator mispronounced so many names and places I began looking out for the next one. Both the book and the narration were uninspired. I love all things Ben Hogan and could hardly endure this book.

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Great stories but Narrator mispronounces names

What did you love best about Miracle at Merion?

I learned a lot of facts I didn't know about golf. Period when OB was not stroke and distance. I read a lot of Golf books and found out info on Hogan, Demaret, Burke, Snead I did not know before. Must read if you like Golf history.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Allen’s performances?

Richard Allen mispronounced Medinah, Inverness and Henry Picard's last name. Where was the "proof reader"? Need to know something about your subject and know names before you narrate.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

More than just Hogan and Merion and that is a good thing.

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Well researched and an easy listen.

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  • 08-25-19

Not enough Hogan, too much filler

I guess there wasn't much hogan material for just the US Open at Merion so he filled it with multiple years of seasons and many other golfers histories and tournaments to make a full book. If you read/listen to 1st part of chapter on Hogan and skip to next chapter that should let you get through the boring coverage f ither people with no direct relationship to Hogan or Merion

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interesting listen but leaves a lot to be desired

I enjoyed the background on fellow competitors. but as to Hogan himself feel way short. best book on Hogan is the biography by James Dodson. audible should carry his books. narrator mispronounced a number of name. was very distracting.

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The Last Few Chapters Make the Book

Great book except it has a lot of sidebar information about the players involved in the 1950 Open.

The last few chapters make the book!

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Fantastic!

Tremendous documentary on Hogan. Plus, lots of other interesting stories on other players he competed against. One of best golf books ever.

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Narration Poor

The narrator selection was not a good fit as he was obviously not familiar with golf.

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  • 05-08-18

great book

a great story and a great story about Ben Hogan. a true legend. great book