• The Greatest Game Ever Played

  • Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (624 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known.

A young Massachusetts native, Francis was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie. Harry was twice his age, the greatest British champion in history, and innovator of the modern grip and swing. Through exacting hard work, perseverance, and determination, Harry Vardon had escaped a hopeless life of poverty; the unknown Ouimet dared to dream of following in his hero's footsteps. When the two men finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 US Open, its heart-stopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.

Weaving the stories of Ouimet and Vardon as his narrative, Mark Frost creates a uniquely involving, intimate epic that is equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. The Greatest Game Ever Played is a must-listen for millions of sports and history fans - and all who have ever dared to reach for their dreams.

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Great Book

As in most cases this book is way way better than the movie.. great history of golf with a story thrown in.. fantastic..

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One of the Greatest Golf Stories ever writen

My all time favorite golf film is the one based on this book and this story blows away the movie. Along with The Match (also written by Mark Frost), The Greatest Game Ever Played are by far two of my favorite books ever read or listened to.

If you're a golfer and/or love the game, this book will take you back to a different era of the sport to a time of some of that generations greatest sportsman and ambassadors.

The book is enthralling, captivating, and has not one dull moment. I highly suggest listening to this exquisitely told story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon and everything that lead up to and after the 1913 US Open.

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Great Book

I have seen the movie many times. No surprise, The book is far superior. It placed me right into the gallery of the greatest game ever played.

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Best golf book ever

This book provides a thrilling recollection of amateur Francis Ouimet’s epic 2013 US Open victory over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. The two were amongst the best golfers in the world at the time. The book also provides a detailed back story of the early days of American amateur and professional golf. This book will be captivating for any golf nut or casual golf fan

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Good History of the Advent of US Golf

Enjoyed learning about the origin of golf in the US as well as insight into those who lead the way for today's professional golfers.

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Beyond amazing!

Single greatest book I’ve ever read or listened to! Well done indeed! I laughed I cried!

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FANTASTIC!!

For anyone that loves the game, from the complete hacker to established professional. Golf history told in an unforgettable story.

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Highly recommend

An excellent, excellent read. Definitely adding to my favorites. If you love sports I recommend adding this to your list. If you loved the movie you’ll love the book.

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The movie is Good, The Book is Great

A very well written book telling the story of golf in the first half of the 20th century with much insight to the time and the people involved.

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The greatest sports story, PERIOD!

I cannot say enough good things about this story. Of course I’m a golf lover, however if you simple like great stories, then this one is for you. It’s amazing how Francis’ win forever changed the sports landscape in the USA, and what became of it is still present today. I couldn’t wait to listen to this story…it had me. Highly recommended!!!

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  • John Hayes
  • 08-24-22

Keeps you engaged throughout

If you love golf history then you must listen to this.
Incredible narration and the story is truly unbelievable and as it unfolds you realise just how hard it must have been back then for these guys to play, the equipment, their clothes that they wore and the standard of the course and greens.
Gives a good insight into the main characters and their personality’s plus the conditions that they had to put up with.
Even if you don’t like golf, it’s still a great story and I can’t recommend this highly enough.

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  • Mariner
  • 11-07-19

Riveting stuff!

Far superior to the silly Disney movie, this is a brilliant book. Note to the reader though, its Carnoustie, not Carnoutsie.

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  • Peter Campbell
  • 11-08-18

Great book on Golf

Really enjoyed the background stories on Vardon, Ray and Ouimet.
If you enjoy golf books , I'd highly recommend.

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  • Dougy761
  • 10-29-16

A great game

Loved it. Wonderfully detailed but enthralling and easy to listen to. Recommend this to any student of the great games history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-18

a golf history listen

a true golfing story with all the highs and lows of golf itself. A great book