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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Frost Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181926
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In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open, and finally, the US Amateur Championship—an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

A natural, self-taught player, the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight throughout his entire career. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse.

By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.

Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented, intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones. In the tradition of The Greatest Game Ever PlayedThe Grand Slam blends social history with sports biography, captivating the imagination and engaging the listener—it is a biography not to be missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Frost understands pace and structure, and he has a gift for dramatizing historic golf matches and making them seem suspenseful all over again…He has a feel for golf history.”

    New York Times

  • “Frost identifies what makes Jones continually interesting and startlingly contemporary.”  

    Sports Illustrated

  • “With clear, crisp prose Frost does a great job of bringing Jones’ assault on the Grand Slam back to life.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “If you thought you knew the story of Bobby Jones and the Grand Slam, then think again.”

    Scottish Golf Magazine

  • “Before Arnold, Jack and Tiger, there was Bobby…the only individual to have been recognized with two ticker tape parades down Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes. Frost has written a swift, surefooted account of Jones’ remarkable life and career.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times…Highly recommended for all sports collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “An excellent book of golf history.”

    Booklist

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.C. | 12/31/2013

    " a good read. i liked it, but not as much as Ben Hogan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine Barnes | 11/24/2013

    " The story of Bobby Jones and his Great Slam in 1930. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way Mark Frost weaves the story of Bobby Jones, the history of golf, and the history of the US at the time. I recommend this book to lovers of golf and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordon | 9/14/2013

    " Frost's best golf book, a great modern day account of a 1930s sports achievement that is slowly fading away into obscurity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/20/2013

    " Very interesting back story about the early days of the emergence of golf in America. Also, I was surprised to learn of the yardages the early players hit with their hickory clubs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Vandiver | 3/25/2013

    " A sportsman we can all aspire to become. Good social history of the times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas Barrett | 2/8/2013

    " There are a lot of books about Bobby Jones, what makes this book exceptional is tha accompanying History segments. Mark Frost does a great job explaining the political and social landscapes, sometimes better than he explains the golf course landscapes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 6/19/2012

    " Another great Mark Frost book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ebnewberry Newberry | 4/15/2012

    " Mark Frost is a really great writer. He takes a topic that I didn't know anything (or didn't care anything) about and made it genuinely interesting. I found this story completely engaging and readable. I strongly recommend both this book and "The Greatest Game Ever Played", even if you hate golf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/15/2012

    " Bobby Jones is my hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 10/8/2011

    " I got side-tracked and took a long time to finish this book. Nevertheless it is an outstanding read. It is more than a story of a great golfer. The writer tells a great deal about history around the great golfer. Everything is in context beyond just Bobby Jones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn M | 5/8/2011

    " Biography of Bobby Jones. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayden | 2/2/2011

    " Loved this book, mostly because it's all about a hero of mine. Also gives a great recount of the United States and the rest of the world in which Jones grew up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/19/2010

    " If you're a golf fan, a must read about arguably the best player of the game...ever! What a truly remarkable man Bobby Jones was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/11/2010

    " I knew little to nothing about Bobby Jones before reading this book. I really enjoyed Grand Slam and learning about the life of Bobby Jones who I now realize may have been the most dominant American athlete in his/her sport. The book is interesting, easy to read, and I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/23/2010

    " A sportsman we can all aspire to become. Good social history of the times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 4/26/2010

    " Another great Mark Frost book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/6/2010

    " If you're a golf fan, a must read about arguably the best player of the game...ever! What a truly remarkable man Bobby Jones was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 1/6/2010

    " There are a lot of books about Bobby Jones, what makes this book exceptional is tha accompanying History segments. Mark Frost does a great job explaining the political and social landscapes, sometimes better than he explains the golf course landscapes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 6/27/2009

    " I knew little to nothing about Bobby Jones before reading this book. I really enjoyed Grand Slam and learning about the life of Bobby Jones who I now realize may have been the most dominant American athlete in his/her sport. The book is interesting, easy to read, and I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/1/2009

    " Bobby Jones is my hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayden | 7/21/2008

    " Loved this book, mostly because it's all about a hero of mine. Also gives a great recount of the United States and the rest of the world in which Jones grew up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.C. | 5/27/2008

    " a good read. i liked it, but not as much as Ben Hogan. "

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About the Author
Mark Frost is an American novelist, screenwriter, director and film producer, best known as a writer for the television series Hill Street Blues and as the co-creator of the television series Twin Peaks.
About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.