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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Reilly Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455197675
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From Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly comes this spoof of all things golf and country club. Missing Links is the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and play golf together at Ponkaquoque Municipal Course and Deli, not so fondly known as Ponky. An eighteen-hole garbage dump with hazards that include a concrete river surrounded by a chain-link fence and the pillars of the elevated train track that runs through the course, it is reputed to be the worst golf course in America. Just adjacent to the municipal course lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private course in all of Boston. The rollicking plot includes a bet to see who will be first to sneak in a round at the Mayflower, as well as the narrator’s attempts to reach some sort of reasonable understanding with his overbearing father.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You don’t need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack…I was hooked for the full 18.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collar hacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins’ The Glory Game at Goat Hill…it’s social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in the groove.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A great piece of fiction.”

    Denver Post

  • “If you’re obsessed with the ‘green game,’ and it's raining or snowing, or we’re under nuclear attack so you can’t get out on the course, Missing Links should give you a temporary fix.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Easily the wittiest golf novel yet—the Bull Durham of the genre, and the closest thing to Caddyshack on paper we’re likely to get…A loving, knowledgeable, laugh-out-loud portrait of the Hardest Sport There Is, as practiced by the blue-collar rakes who compose golf’s most devoted fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Don’t get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it.”

    Bob Costas, NBC commentator 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Michaud | 2/13/2014

    " Good light-hearted read. Most golfers should enjoy this. It is very humerous with an overall moral and ethical theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 2/13/2014

    " It's no classic, but it's an entertaining page-turner (if you're into golf fiction). "

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

    " Another quick read that will have you laughing out loud every couple pages, and falling off the couch every couple chapters. if you've ever played on a team, competed with friends, and enjoy heckling, you will get a kick out of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 spenca | 2/2/2014

    " I love Rick Reilly's articles - but this was just too much sophomoric humor in a weak plot to warrant finishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/27/2014

    " one of the best golf books written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 1/25/2014

    " if you know any males who read and have any interest in golf, they will eat this up. I'm not sure if it still in print. I liked it for the Boston-based characters but my husband thinks it is one of the best fiction books he's read. The author is the former last-page columnist for SI, Rick Reilly, and he is quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Arndt | 1/23/2014

    " I really thought I wouldn't like an entire book of Rick Reilly, as his columns sometimes drive me crazy because he tries to hard, but this book was really good! Maybe you have to be a golfer to appreciate, but I am so I read it in about 8 hours! I'm going to read some more of his stuff soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 1/19/2014

    " To be fair, I never finished the book. I was reading it as a possible book for summer reading, and it is just too risque. I found the characters too annoying (although a little funny) to finish since I no longer had a purpose. I do know several people who really liked the book, however, so maybe I'll pick it up again sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Campbell | 1/19/2014

    " Tough for an author to make me laugh out loud-- he did. Caddyshack meets clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Littell | 1/6/2014

    " I liked it. It's pretty adult with the language and sexual allusions... definitely not a Glenbard summer read. Well-written and lol funny at times. Reilly is a writer with a knack for wit and sass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Simon | 1/2/2014

    " One of the three best golf books I've ever read. Hysterical and human at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/31/2013

    " I LOVE this book, it is laugh out loud funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Gordon | 12/16/2013

    " The caddyshack of golf reads. Every line is hilarious. It demonstrates the vivid differences and similarities between between the public golfer and the country club golfer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffress | 11/26/2013

    " very funny, golf related w/ romance "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sugardaddiecom | 11/15/2013

    " I originally thought that after the first 20 minutes I was going to regret that I purchased this book, boy was a I wrong. I ended up loving it! I will say that there may be a few too many plots working simulataneously but the characters make it all the more worth while. A definite fun listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/5/2013

    " Very funny with some great golf one-liners...it makes you appreaciate the time on the course with your buddies and the antics that go on.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/27/2013

    " Absolutely the funniest sports book, maybe funniest book, of All time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 6/4/2013

    " literally my favorite book of all time! share this with any golfer you know, they will thank you... i've given away many, many copies of this and the feedback is always the same :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jer | 5/31/2013

    " If you are a golfer you need to read this epic tale of three hackers' 40-some-odd-thousand dollar bet on who can manage to play a full round on Boston's most exclusive and off-limits course, The Mayflower Country Club, first. Rick Reilly is absolutely hysterical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 4/20/2013

    " not a great book, and I can't really defend why i enjoyed it so much, but there you go "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 3/15/2013

    " Absolutely hilarious. I have given this book as a gift countless times. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Goldstein | 3/3/2013

    " One of the funniest books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora | 9/3/2012

    " Hilarious book- it helps to have a golfer on hand to explain some of the golf scenes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Gilman | 7/18/2012

    " Never a better story about golf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 7/17/2012

    " Very very funny. Witty. Good characters, mystery, romance, drama, and lots of golf. I think you have to golf to appreciate it, but if you do, it's excellent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 6/24/2012

    " fun read, nothing special, don't read it if you don't know something about golf "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Miesse | 5/3/2012

    " A great story based on the the good ole boys on the golf course. This book shows how ALL types of people love the game of golf and are sometimes willing to do anything just to play a round or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/1/2012

    " Very fun and a quick read. I would describe it as Caddyshack meets The Hangover. Looking forward to seeing the film adaptation with Steve Carell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 4/17/2012

    " great book for me......... being a golf-geek and one who enjoys a wager or three from time to time! i have never finished a book quicker. it's an engaging and easy read. now getting started on the follow-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/1/2012

    " The beginning of a golf novel series, and I enjoyed the humor. The storyline between the main character and his love interest fits well with the funny relationships the main character has with his buddies. I enjoyed it a lot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Ober | 10/2/2011

    " One of my favorite books - makes Caddyshack look tame - should be a movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 8/21/2011

    " This book is hilarious. If you are a golfer it is a must read. Private club versus country club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/23/2011

    " I liked it. It's pretty adult with the language and sexual allusions... definitely not a Glenbard summer read. Well-written and lol funny at times. Reilly is a writer with a knack for wit and sass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 4/25/2011

    " One of my favorite books - makes Caddyshack look tame - should be a movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/12/2011

    " The beginning of a golf novel series, and I enjoyed the humor. The storyline between the main character and his love interest fits well with the funny relationships the main character has with his buddies. I enjoyed it a lot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 12/18/2010

    " If you are looking for a fun-filled romp through the world of blue collar golf replete with creative gambling and horrific hacking then give this book a try. It's good for a laugh every other page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 10/14/2010

    " One of the three best golf books I've ever read. Hysterical and human at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 3/29/2010

    " It's no classic, but it's an entertaining page-turner (if you're into golf fiction). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 3/26/2010

    " This almost made me like golf. Heavy in golf jargon but amusing -- I even made Bill listen to some parts out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 3/11/2010

    " I really thought I wouldn't like an entire book of Rick Reilly, as his columns sometimes drive me crazy because he tries to hard, but this book was really good! Maybe you have to be a golfer to appreciate, but I am so I read it in about 8 hours! I'm going to read some more of his stuff soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/1/2009

    " Very fun and a quick read. I would describe it as Caddyshack meets The Hangover. Looking forward to seeing the film adaptation with Steve Carell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/22/2009

    " A fun and quick read by SI and ESPN's off-beat story writer. Fun thing is that Ponky is actually a course, and Mr. Reilly talks about it with a loyal nostalgia only reserved for those lovable misfits in our life. How's that for a description Mr. Reilly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora | 6/22/2009

    " Hilarious book- it helps to have a golfer on hand to explain some of the golf scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffress | 2/17/2009

    " very funny, golf related w/ romance "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy | 1/13/2009

    " This is why I play the game... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 11/13/2008

    " This book is hilarious. If you are a golfer it is a must read. Private club versus country club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 10/15/2008

    " great book for me......... being a golf-geek and one who enjoys a wager or three from time to time! i have never finished a book quicker. it's an engaging and easy read. now getting started on the follow-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/1/2008

    " one of the best golf books written "

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About the Author

Rick Reilly has been named National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times and is the winner of the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. His other books include Shanks for Nothing and Who’s Your Caddy? He lives in Denver and Hermosa Beach, California, with his wife and a putter he’s not currently speaking to.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot has won eleven Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010. He received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.