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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (254 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Reilly Narrator: Nick Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739332788
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The hilarious sequel to Rick Reilly’s beloved bestselling golf novel Missing Links.

Life is going pretty well for Raymond “Stick” Hart. He’s happily married to the former Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Club assistant pro, the beauteous Cajun firecracker Dannie, raising his rambunctious son, Charlie, and getting by writing smart-mouthed greeting cards for fifty bucks a pop. Best of all, nothing has changed at Ponky, the worst golf course in America. You still have to hook it past the toxic waste dump on No. 1 and under the billboard on No. 8, the fried-egg sandwiches are terrible but cheap, and his pal Two Down is always up for a sucker bet.

Then, one disaster of a day, Stick’s world does a ten-car pile-up. The cheapskate bastard owner of Ponky announces he’s retiring to a nudist camp in Florida and selling the club to the Mayflower Club next door, a bastion of blue-blood snobbery that plans to pave Ponky over. Worse, its membership includes Stick’s hated father.

Who promptly drops dead.

Just before Stick’s pal Two Down loses $12,000 to a golf hustler who turns out to be funded by the Russian mob.

Which is about the same time that Hoover, Ponky’s worst golfer and the owner of an impressive array of useless golf gadgets purchased with his wife’s money, learns she’ll cut him off if he doesn’t break a hundred in one month.

Then a practical joke makes Dannie believe that Stick’s been stepping out with the gorgeous new clubhouse girl, the eye-popping Kelly, and he’s soon living on the forty-year-old couch in the Ponky clubhouse.

Luckily, Stick has a solution to all his problems.

He’ll qualify for the British Open.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Others by Reilly are better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Magers | 12/23/2013

    " You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy this funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garry | 12/19/2013

    " Great book if you love golf. The characters are priceless and the story line is great too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/5/2013

    " I think if I understood golf more I would have enjoyed it more. But it was funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty | 12/1/2013

    " a great follow up to the last book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 11/17/2013

    " Hilarious novel about a country club and the characters that inhabit it. One of the best novels ever written about sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/12/2013

    " sequel to my favorite book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 4/4/2013

    " Somewhat blue in humor, be forewarned "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Morrow | 12/22/2012

    " Hilarious!! One of, if not the funniest book I have ever read. If you are a golfer this is a must read! Riley has a gift when it comes to one liners! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loboloco2001 | 11/24/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It was kind of like reading a Tim Dorsey book set on a golf course (maybe just a little slower than a Dorsey book). It made me laugh and had enough action to keep the pace going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/4/2012

    " This is the sequel to Missing Links. It wasn't quite as good, but I still read it cover to cover in one evening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 8/17/2012

    " This is the follow up to Missing Links and Rick Reilly does not disappoint. Back are the same colorful characters as well as some new ones to keep it fresh. I am loving it. Five stars so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/2/2012

    " HILARIOUS! I loved it! A bunch of losers playing golf at a crappy course. They are such losers, in fact, that you can't help but pull for them and embrace the full extent of their duffer-dom. It is written by Rick Reilly, long-time Sports Illustrated columnist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/29/2012

    " Very entertaining book and a quick and easy read. A good sequel to Missing Links. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/13/2012

    " Amy read it and laughed out loud a few times. She couldn't tell me if it was any good, though. Maybe a quick, easy, and forgettable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 3/12/2012

    " Wow, what a funny book, just a little off color, be prepared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 10/20/2011

    " Picks up where Missing Links left off. Another phenomenal, quick, hilarious read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Z : ) | 7/16/2011

    " Not a golf fan by any means, but I was drawn by the humor. Fun, improbable storyline ... just what I was hoping for! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro | 7/4/2011

    " I honestly laughed out loud at several points in this book. Aimed at males and golfers, this book is a bit more crude than I had anticipated. Still... a funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bubba | 3/25/2011

    " Great sequel to Missing Links. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/7/2011

    " You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy this funny book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/17/2010

    " Wow, what a funny book, just a little off color, be prepared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garry | 4/23/2010

    " Great book if you love golf. The characters are priceless and the story line is great too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro | 7/15/2009

    " I honestly laughed out loud at several points in this book. Aimed at males and golfers, this book is a bit more crude than I had anticipated. Still... a funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 8/24/2008

    " This is the follow up to Missing Links and Rick Reilly does not disappoint. Back are the same colorful characters as well as some new ones to keep it fresh. I am loving it. Five stars so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/30/2008

    " HILARIOUS! I loved it! A bunch of losers playing golf at a crappy course. They are such losers, in fact, that you can't help but pull for them and embrace the full extent of their duffer-dom. It is written by Rick Reilly, long-time Sports Illustrated columnist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2008

    " Amy read it and laughed out loud a few times. She couldn't tell me if it was any good, though. Maybe a quick, easy, and forgettable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 12/18/2007

    " Picks up where Missing Links left off. Another phenomenal, quick, hilarious read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/18/2007

    " This is the sequel to Missing Links. It wasn't quite as good, but I still read it cover to cover in one evening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 9/23/2007

    " Hilarious novel about a country club and the characters that inhabit it. One of the best novels ever written about sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/27/2007

    " I think if I understood golf more I would have enjoyed it more. But it was funny! "

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About the Author
RICK REILLY has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year ten times. Formerly a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he now writes a column for ESPN: The Magazine and ESPN.com and appears on the TV network. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Who's Your Caddy?