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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (399 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Jenkins Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1973 ISBN: 9781436185530
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Seventh on Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time, Dan Jenkins’ Semi-Tough is a raucous, politically incorrect football spoof starring New York Giants redneck star Billy Clyde Puckett. As Puckett records the outrageous buildup to his team’s Super Bowl clash with cross-town rivals the Jets, his best friend’s voluptuous main squeeze puts some knee-buckling moves on him that he finds difficult to dodge. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very funny book…Outrageous…Jenkin’s writing and his ear recall—there is no higher compliment—Ring Lardner.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/12/2014

    " An enjoyable piece of football fiction. Definitely a bit dated, but fun to read. If you're in the mood for something that will keep you entertained, don't want to think to hard, and like football, check this book out. A good travel book to occupy stopovers, plane trips and hotel time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robby | 12/26/2013

    " Read this a good while back.Really enjoyed it for its' local flavor, being from Fort Worth. Still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 12/2/2013

    " Great literature? Maybe not. Great and original entertainment? Yes definitely. Politically correct? Not for a second! Read the original scale for rating women from one to ten based on their looks. My friends and I have been laughing over this book for over forty years!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 11/13/2013

    " Very funny. Takes you inside the lives of football stars in the 80's without holding back. The language is certainly offensive, but that's part of making a period piece; you can't sanitize it, it was the way it was and to try to change it is dishonest. A great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ita | 10/4/2013

    " hilarious! must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Comicallyhip | 4/25/2013

    " The best sports book hands down, and probably the funniest book since Catch-22. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 2/21/2013

    " I thought it would be more about sports in the Sports Illustrated tradition. Not. Some good one liners and small set pieces but NOT a book to lose time over. I watched the movie and it was worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Haenes | 11/28/2012

    " Hilarious, especially if you like football. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris King | 11/8/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/29/2012

    " Funny, smart, very early seventies- free love, Vietnam, and prickly NFL racial politics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan | 7/13/2012

    " Read it if dated bigotry, photos from the movie included, and one sentence paragraphs do it for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chandler | 6/8/2012

    " Great, quick read. Similar to the writing of Peter Gent, provides a semi-fictional tale of what it is like to be a pro football player, not so much on the field, but in the private, free swinging life. By the way, the movie of the same name is vastly different from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rb Tolar | 2/19/2012

    " If Mark Twain had written about pro-football, this is the book he would have written!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/6/2012

    " You don't have to be football fan to be entertained by this. Great fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 2/2/2012

    " Low brow sports pulp. Gotta love it. Liked his rating system for wool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sands Hetherington | 1/27/2012

    " Probably the all-time American comic sports classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/9/2011

    " Utterly foul-mouthed (even by today's looser standards) and utterly hilarious while being completely politically incorrect. Don't read this if you are easily offended by any indelicate discussion of race religion or gender. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Gager | 10/25/2011

    " I don't remember it much which isn't a good sign. For some reason the writer and director of the film chose to focus on New Agey hocus pocus like Est(Beat), Rolfing("Pelfing")and "Moviegenics" instead of football. Why? Ask them. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 1/30/2011

    " Very funny. Takes you inside the lives of football stars in the 80's without holding back. The language is certainly offensive, but that's part of making a period piece; you can't sanitize it, it was the way it was and to try to change it is dishonest. A great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/8/2010

    " Utterly foul-mouthed (even by today's looser standards) and utterly hilarious while being completely politically incorrect. Don't read this if you are easily offended by any indelicate discussion of race religion or gender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 8/3/2009

    " Great literature? Maybe not. Great and original entertainment? Yes definitely. Politically correct? Not for a second! Read the original scale for rating women from one to ten based on their looks. My friends and I have been laughing over this book for over forty years!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dean | 11/30/2008

    " I thought it would be more about sports in the Sports Illustrated tradition. Not. Some good one liners and small set pieces but NOT a book to lose time over. I watched the movie and it was worse. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan | 11/10/2008

    " Read it if dated bigotry, photos from the movie included, and one sentence paragraphs do it for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 8/19/2008

    " Low brow sports pulp. Gotta love it. Liked his rating system for wool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/28/2008

    " Funny, smart, very early seventies- free love, Vietnam, and prickly NFL racial politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/31/2008

    " Hilarious, especially if you like football. "

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About the Author

Dan Jenkins is the author of several novels and nonfiction books, including Rude Behavior, Semi-Tough, and Fairways and Greens. He is the sponsor of his own charity golf tournament, the Dan Jenkins Goat Hills Partnership, which attracts players from around the world. His column in Golf Digest remains its most popular feature. He divides his time between Fort Worth, Texas, and New York City.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.