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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Carl Hiaase Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years–and memories of shanked 7-irons faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son–and also as a grandfather.  

“What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he’d never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation? Here’s why I did it: I’m one sick bastard.” And thus we have Carl’s foray into a world of baffling titanium technology, high-priced golf gurus, bizarre infomercial gimmicks and the mind-bending phenomenon of Tiger Woods; a maddening universe of hooks and slices where Carl ultimately–and foolishly–agrees to compete in a country-club tournament against players who can actually hit the ball. “That’s the secret of the sport’s infernal seduction,” he writes. “It surrenders just enough good shots to let you talk yourself out of quitting.”

Hiaasen’s chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem–culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament–will have you rolling with laughter. Yet the bittersweet memories of playing with his own father and the glow he feels when watching his own young son belt the ball down the fairway will also touch your heart. Forget Tiger, Phil and Ernie. If you want to understand the true lure of golf, turn to Carl Hiaasen, who offers an extraordinary audiobook for the ordinary hacker.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 2/18/2014

    " If you like Hiassen's fiction books and you are a golfer, you will love this book. He is a wonderful writer "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Avis Black | 2/14/2014

    " Failed to be interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judi | 2/5/2014

    " Very entertaining. It will make me think twice about buying stuff to improve my game....though God know I need something! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by KA | 2/4/2014

    " Really funny - love Carl! "

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