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Publisher's Summary

The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course. And that heart belongs to the man who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago. Club and tournament founder Clifford Roberts, a New York stockbroker, still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure, Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters the greatest golf tournament in the world. His story, including his relationship with Presidents, power brokers, and every golf champion from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, has never been told, until now.
©1998 and 1999 Curt Sampson (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Jack Nicklaus may own six green jackets, but no one has captured the Masters like [Curt] Sampson." (The Baton Rouge Advocate)
"[Curt Sampson's] fine new book, The Masters, is the only way we mortals are ever going to gain entrie to the hallowed Augusta National Golf Club." (The Dallas Morning News)

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Great for any fan of the Masters

Really gives some good insight to golf's most popular tournament. Narrator is good but occasionally gets names wrong. Still, well worth a listen.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Okay Listen, but

I wonder how well researched he really is and how much homework this author really did when he can't even get the simplest things correct. For instance, he mentions or refers to Atlanta being in Cobb County numerous times, when it wouldn't have taken him two seconds to verify that Atlanta is in Fulton County, and always as has been. It's close to Cobb County, one county over. My point is this, how many other things was he CLOSE, but not CORRECT on. He really doesn't paint Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts in the best of light. Truth, or just something close?

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Asked and answered

This book answered a lot of questions I had about the Masters tournament and Augusta National very good book. Still have some questions but this answers a lot of things I always wanted to know.

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Author needs fact checker

The author states several times that Atlanta GA is in Cobb County GA. Small detail but an easy fact to correct. Hopefully more important facts in the history of Augusta National were checked and double checked. Enjoyed the book and learning about the rich history- good and bad of the Master's.

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Makes me want to go even more

Curt Sampson is an I credible author.

I loved how he brought the history of this magnificent place to life. He tells of things I would've never even thought belonged to the Masters. Anyone who loves golf needs to read this book.

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interesting but slow and a little boring

Would you try another book from Curt Sampson and/or Barrett Whitener?

Not sure, this was a little dull to be honest

Would you ever listen to anything by Curt Sampson again?

Maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

Not my first choice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

fascinating story but could have been a little bit more cool inside stuff exposed

Any additional comments?

Don't listen at night you'll fall asleep to the tone in his voice

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Good stuff, but WAY out of date...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

an updated version....copywright 98? C'mon Audible...

What other book might you compare The Masters to and why?

The Match...good story of golf history

Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

WHat it has is great, but in 2015 you feel kinda like it stopped in the middle ending in the 1997 Masters...

Any additional comments?

Audible makes it tough to realize what the published date is...you could find it if you looked for it, but looking at the summary you would have thought this was a recent work.

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bad quality

Only half way through but it sounds like it was recorded in a phone booth over the phone. Very poor quality.