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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2003, after winning six of the twelve majors from 2000 to 2002, Tiger Woods struggled with his swing, leaving him lagging behind the field at both the US Open and the PGA Championship. With Woods out of the picture, the stage was set for a newcomer to claim the top position, but nobody expected four virtually unknown players would rise to become first-time champions.

In his debut appearance in a major, Ben Curtis became the only player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to prevail on his first time out. Mike Weir, who was considered a good player but not a great one, triumphed in the Masters, becoming the first Canadian to win a major. In the US Open, Jim Furyk was victorious, and the PGA Championship was claimed by the unknown Shaun Micheel.

But after each player’s history-making season, the four have had little further success. In Moment of Glory, John Feinstein returns to the unlikely year of 2003 and chronicles the personal and professional struggles of these four players. With great affection for the underdog and extraordinary access to the players, he then looks to the 2008 season, giving readers an insider’s look into to how winning (and losing) major championships changes players’ lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Feinstein’s storytelling is so compelling, his understanding of the structural cruelties and emotional consequences of winner-takes-all competition so acute, that we can grasp why so many of us, caught in precisely these situations in our own lives, flock to the golf course to watch them played out by the professionals.”

    Guardian

  • “John Feinstein…has done perhaps as much for golf writing as Arnold Palmer has for golf.”

    Washington Monthly

  • “L.J. Ganser is always solid, bringing interest but not an over-the-top zeal to his narration. Clearly, one of Feinstein’s favorite topics to write about is golf, and the gems within this book might not be so much the golfers’ stories but the nuances and tidbits he reveals about the sport—its tournaments, rules, and players. Ganser is to Feinstein what a good caddy is to a good golfer: never in the way yet always there with a steady presence.”

    AudioFile

  • “A quite enjoyable book. If you’re a true fan of the game—young or old—Moment of Glory is a book that's certainly worth reading, and if you’ve already read it, it’s one of those books that you just might read again.”

    CBSSports.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack Goodstein | 7/30/2013

    " Feinstein combines golf talk with personal information about the golfers to create a nice narrative blend that keeps both the golf nut and the ordinary reader interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Burt | 5/8/2013

    " In 2003 Tiger was absent and four guys who never won a major broke through with improbable wins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Hall | 5/8/2013

    " Insightful look into the world of professional golf and the psyche of the players whose livlihood depends solely on their personal performance and how lives can be impacted by a single misplayed shot. A must read for any sports fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick T | 1/5/2013

    " This made me love the game even more! John did a great job...It was like watching it on TV ... Those were good years in golf! "

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