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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (914 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: Ronny Cox Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2000 ISBN: 9780743519656
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The time: 1931. The place: the golf links at Krewe Island off Savannah's windswept Atlantic shore. The event: a once-in-a-lifetime 36-hole match...in which the stakes are higher than anyone imagined.

In Steven Pressfield's richly imagined, vividly detailed story, golf legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen are joined by a local unsung opponent, the troubled war hero Rannulph Junah. Played above raging Atlantic surf and under gathering storm clouds, their match is thrilling competition. But the key to the outcome lies with Bagger Vance, a caddie who carries the secret of the Authentic Swing. His mysterious powers guide the play and leave a lasting imprint on the lives he touches that day and in years to come.

A sports fable worthy of comparison to The Natural, The Legend of Bagger Vance reveals that, in life as well as golf, the real battle is not with outside opponents but with oneself. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Good stuff…a philosophical fantasy imagined on a golf course, heavy with fog, storm, fireworks and howling winds of supernatural forces.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Legend of Bagger Vance is quite simply the best golf novel I have ever read…I was utterly riveted by this work of art, and literally covered with goose bumps for many hours until I had finished it at a single sitting!” 

    Ben Wright, CBS golf commentator

  • “Deeply entertaining, a terrific read…a deft fairy tale with a light engaging touch.” 

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Every listener should enjoy Pressfield’s novel about a 1931 golf match between Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen…Barrett Whitener’s reading evokes the sense of life in this Georgia town, its good and bad. What makes this book special is the way Whitener transfers this page-turner into a performance the listener never wants to stop. The book and movie received excellent reviews; this rendition adds to those well-deserved kudos.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 2/2/2014

    " A mystical golf book. Okay, but after a while my eyes started to glaze over after so many golfing descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johny | 1/25/2014

    " I love golf, so anything I can read about the sport is fair game to me. That being said, I read The Legend of Bagger Vance alongside the Bhagavad Gita as part of a Religion in Literature course at boarding school. Bagger Vance, on its own, is incredible, but when read alongside the Bhagavad Gita, the 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the book takes on new meaning. It is no longer just a novel about a mysterious friend helping a golfer overcome his demons, it is a look at a spiritual journey inspired by Hinduism. I honestly believe I would have loved The Legend of Bagger Vance regardless of whether or not I'd read the Bhagavad Gita, but I do honestly believe that first reading the Bhagavad Gita helped me interpret and reflect on the themes and true meanings behind the book more than if I'd not read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fan Francis | 1/22/2014

    " I saw the movie but the book has an indepth and more feel to what actually happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 1/16/2014

    " A nice story and very close to the movie version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie Quint | 1/14/2014

    " Very different from the movie. All the characters are there but there's no love story, the focus is all on the golf tournament and who Bagger really is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Crites | 1/8/2014

    " One of the strongest opening chapters I've experienced. Magical writing in the first 40 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan B Blanzy | 12/31/2013

    " Best golf book of all time. You gotta read it before you see the movie but the movies sweet too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willie | 12/31/2013

    " It was different from the movie. Bagger Vance was a lot more mysterious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 10/25/2013

    " Very nice read. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if I was a golfer and understood better the descriptions of the holes and fairways. Even so, one does not need to be a golfer to appreciate the story and Legend of Bagger Vance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Cross | 10/15/2013

    " Decent book - not a fast or easy read. Preferred the golf over the philosophical parts. Haven't seen the movie yet, but am interested in how they translated this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 10/10/2013

    " I read this book a number of years ago, but it is one of my favorites. It is so different from Pressfield's other books that it is hard to believe that the same person wrote the book. There are good life lessons in this book that looks at a person's life that was marred by war "get his game back." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/6/2013

    " This book is about far more than golf and sports. It is about one's search for enlightenment. However, if you are a golfer you'll like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Otis Chandler | 9/13/2013

    " Be one with the club "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 6/14/2013

    " It was a good read, but seemed to almost get carried away in the theory and philosophy of find ones' self. The metaphor is a bit stretched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amanda | 5/29/2013

    " Odd. Entertaining enough, it kept my interest. At times it was strongly relevant and thought-provoking. Most of the time it was just ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/15/2013

    " Reading because it is not about golf. More about the idea that every "player" is born with one true "Authentic Swing" and it is "folly" to try to teach another... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/29/2012

    " This was a fun book of religious philosophy with my favorite topic as the background...sports! An excellent read for anyone who wants some sports fiction that makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Wheeler | 10/29/2012

    " Pretty good book. I really like this author - very different topic from all his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince | 8/13/2012

    " this wonderful book can help your golf game, but it is oh so much more- it is an incredible look at life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harald | 6/17/2012

    " A nice little tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 4/21/2012

    " Playing golf is much more interesting than reading about it. Plus it didn't help that the book version doesn't come with Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mattb | 2/12/2012

    " The conclusion got a little too metaphysical for me, but otherwise enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 1/14/2012

    " I liked the movie alot better. The book was much more mystical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/15/2011

    " Best book I've ever read. If you've only seen the movie, you're a ruined soul. If you've read the book, you know what I mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 11/5/2011

    " a blending of spirituality and golf unlike any other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 5/22/2011

    " I know nothing about golf, but dang this was exciting to read even if i had no idea what some of the terms meant. An updated Bhagavad gita, very wry in its telling. I read this to see what Pressfield's fiction was like. I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/17/2011

    " One of my all time very favorite books. Ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/11/2011

    " This was a fun book of religious philosophy with my favorite topic as the background...sports! An excellent read for anyone who wants some sports fiction that makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 2/17/2011

    " It was a good read, but seemed to almost get carried away in the theory and philosophy of find ones' self. The metaphor is a bit stretched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/30/2011

    " This changed the way I viewed our relationship with God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/4/2010

    " I really liked this book. Saw the movie after I had read and was very disappointed, not the same story so do not judge the book by it if you have also seen the movie.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willie | 11/2/2010

    " It was different from the movie. Bagger Vance was a lot more mysterious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amanda | 8/10/2010

    " Odd. Entertaining enough, it kept my interest. At times it was strongly relevant and thought-provoking. Most of the time it was just ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 8/6/2010

    " Just once of those fun books. It has sports, tragedy, love, philosophy, reality, and imagination. I read it and loved it, am presenting it to our library book club in two weeks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/12/2009

    " the book is about 9.8x better than the movie. this book convinced me that golf has a lot of redeeming qualities and that I should abandon my hating ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 11/23/2009

    " One of the strongest opening chapters I've experienced. Magical writing in the first 40 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/11/2009

    " Reading because it is not about golf. More about the idea that every "player" is born with one true "Authentic Swing" and it is "folly" to try to teach another... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Anne | 6/9/2009

    " I've never done more than miniature golf; however, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. One could argue that it is more of a philosophy on life than a book about golf; its about finding one's "authentic swing." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/8/2009

    " Pretty good book. I really like this author - very different topic from all his other books. "

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About the Author
Author Steven PressfieldPressfield's first job when he moved to New York City was as a $150-a-week copy writer for Benton & Bowles. One day while rewriting the just-add-water text for the back label off Gravy Train dog food he asked himself, 'Shouldn't I be doing something a little more worthwhile?' He decided to quit and write a novel. Eight novels, many bestsellers and 34 screenplays later, you've found this book. Find the rest of them at http://www.stevenpressfield.com/books/
About the Narrator

Ronny Cox is an actor, singer-songwriter, and musician who made his acting debut in the acclaimed 1972 film Deliverance as Drew Ballinger, a businessman and one of the banjo players in that film’s famous dueling banjos scene. Other roles include Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Cop, Richard “Dick” Jones in RoboCop, and Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall, and many appearances in television series throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. In addition to acting, Cox has also released five albums and tours music festivals.