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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,903 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge Narrator: Hal Linden, Brian Bascle Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607882039
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Just when we need some magic in our lives, bestselling author James Patterson and Peter de Jonge bring us a stirring tale of life, love, and the power of miracles. 

Travis McKinley is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. He has a job he despises, a marriage that’s lost its passion, children that he feels disconnected from, and at age fifty, a sense that he’s accomplished nothing in life. But on Christmas Day, he goes out to play a round of golf and for the first time, he finds himself in the “zone.” He sees the putting line that has eluded him for years. Always a fairly good golfer, he finds himself playing like a pro and is so caught up in his excitement that he continues to play, sinking putt after putt, and misses Christmas dinner with his wife and family. It’s too much for his already troubled marriage.

His family collapses, but Travis is too busy living his dream to notice. His amazing new golf skills catapult him into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round with two of his heroes, Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd. And with his wife, children, and a live television audience watching, a miracle takes place on the 17th green that will change Travis, and his family, forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A cross between It's a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty. Library Journal
  • Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It's a Wonderful Life. Bill Ott, BookList
  • “A fast-moving golf fantasy…Patterson and de Jonge succeed admirably in creating a winning character who is enough of a child to believe his dreams and is also mature enough to offer some gently humorous reflections on our national obsession with an engaging sport.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A fast-moving golf fantasy. Publishers Weekly
  • "Miracle on the 17th Green is...where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again. Chris Nelson, Calgary Sun
  • Even if you don't know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer's extraordinary blossoming. Nichol Ruth, The Evening Post (Wellington)
  • This is a hopeful little gem, and you don't even have to like golf to enjoy it. BookReporter.com
  • Entertaining. Kirkus Reviews
  • “There are many among us who see golf as a healer of the soul, and Miracle on the 17th Green is a wonderful example of how uplifting that belief can be.”

    John Feinstein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Booklist

  • “This is a hopeful little gem, and you don’t even have to like golf to enjoy it.”

    Bookreporter

  • “Entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Miracle on the 17th Green is…where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again.”

    Calgary Sun

  • “Even if you don’t know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer’s extraordinary blossoming.”

    Evening Post (Wellington)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsi Peterson | 2/6/2014

    " Had a lot of golf talk, but I still liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kamicarlson | 2/4/2014

    " This was a very fast read. Story was very predictable. The language was horrible! Still can't figure out why so many 'four letter' words were used in this book. It didn't contribute to the story at all. Grrrr!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 2/4/2014

    " CUT, FAST read.......take on Miracle on 34th Street way of thinking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail Jorgensen | 2/3/2014

    " Very boring nothing like a patterson book if you know about golf you might enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 1/24/2014

    " A very nice book. Especially liked by anyone who golfs. I would have given it a 3.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/19/2014

    " It was a good book and a very quick read...i got it b/c i was told i had to read a patterson book. since it was so centered around golf it really made me think about my dad a lot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 1/12/2014

    " The story of a man who needs a kick - gets it from going on Senior Golf Tour and doing well. It renews his marriage and everyone lives happily ever after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonsky Grange | 1/7/2014

    " Loved it, my wife loved it and she doesn't read or like James Patterson. A unique book of live on the golf course "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/2/2014

    " I might have liked it better if i cared for golf. Plus I am not a fan of cursing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 12/25/2013

    " This is a cute, sweet, funny little read- especially if you like golf. Who knew pro golfers swore so much though?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Benedict | 12/24/2013

    " Throughly enjoyed this light tale of making your dreams come true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evon | 12/10/2013

    " this one warms the heart. i recommend it highly!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 12/5/2013

    " This is a great book to read for any golf player who ever fought to bring their game from a 10 handicap down to scratch. Very positive and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 11/29/2013

    " This is not a typical James Patterson book.This is a story about a middle-aged man whose marriage is on the rocks and loses his job.Despite all that he decides to try and qualify to play on golf's Senior Tour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 11/29/2013

    " Light and fun. Perfect read for Masters weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Wolff | 8/27/2013

    " To understand this book, you should be a golfer. As I am, I enjoyed this book. There was some good humor in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/11/2013

    " Not a golf fan but do enjoy James Patterson's writing. An interesting read. Inspiring at moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 4/25/2013

    " Good story and a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/1/2013

    " Couldn't follow the book well. The golf references were too much for me. Looking forward to the next suspense novel. Probably will not try to read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roni | 1/13/2013

    " I'm not a golf fan, so this wasn't one of my favorites, but since its James Patterson it was still an interesting story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/6/2012

    " A real good feel good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/19/2012

    " I picked this up off the library shelf randomly. Very quick read and good short story, though I didn't understand the golf talk. To me three stars equals good, interesting read but didn't change my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Pendleton | 7/21/2012

    " Good quick read. Read in about an hour. Got me ready for the Greenbrier Classic!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Elisabeth | 5/11/2012

    " Coelho-esque book about the importance of doing what you like, following your heart and your dreams. Easy read even though it's about golf. I know nothing about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/17/2012

    " Surprisingly good read considering I know nothing about or have any interest in golf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martina | 2/8/2012

    " If you like golf you'll like this book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/13/2012

    " It had a good perspective on life, after the guy was close to losing it all, just because of golf. It was more than that though, but I don't like golf to begin with. So, why did I read the book, because I think 99% of Patterson's books are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debramc | 12/3/2011

    " A real surprise. Not a golf fan, so it surprised me when I really liked it. Very very quick read. Great book while waiting for something 2-3 hours. Uplifting - about what's important in life. Very Mitch Albom! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Nicoletti | 11/10/2011

    " Finished this one last night. A little on the mushy side for my taste. Since I enjoy golf, I enjoyed the PGA tour stories. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 6/14/2011

    " read in a few hours. Enjoyable. Life can start at 50! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice | 4/2/2011

    " This was a very short , quick read. It was a "nice" book and I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsi | 3/4/2011

    " Had a lot of golf talk, but I still liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2011

    " Not the usual Paterson book; not a mystery. Self reflection. If you golfed, you may like it better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/2/2011

    " This is a great book. Even my husband liked this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trent | 12/28/2010

    " Inspirational and quick read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 12/1/2010

    " I thought this book was okay, not one of my favourite Sparks books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/28/2010

    " This book was so golf-y that I spent an inordinate amount of time Googling golf terms (like eagles and birdies) and golf pros names. The story was great, but it would have been much better if I'd ever watched a golf game. :0) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/11/2010

    " Not a typical James Patterson novel. If you are middle aged and enjoy golf this is the book for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martina | 9/8/2010

    " If you like golf you'll like this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 9/2/2010

    " It was a quick, inspiring afternoon read. I know that in this book golf can be a metaphor for anyone's dream or life's joy but as a non-golfer I felt that it wasn't as enjoyable to me as it would've been to a golfer. So I've passed it on to my husband. Maybe he'll give it 4 or 5 stars. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.