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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Frost Narrator: Richard Po Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Renowned novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost turns his eye for golf to an event so famous that it’s grown to the stuff of legend. In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era—Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan—against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Frost recounts this dramatic tale from start to finish, detailing the match that vaulted golf out of the shadows and into the national spotlight. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s difficult to beat a good golf book, be it a good yarn or a picture book…The golf is spectacular, the course more so, the descriptions luminous.”

    USA Today

  • “Frost weaves an exceptional narrative…It’s a gripping tale—as good as James Patterson, John Grisham, or any other contemporary novelist could create. And all true. The match comes down to the eighteenth hole, and you’ll be the winner once you turn the last page.”

    Met Golfer

  • “Frost…captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Frost tells the gripping, shot-by-shot story of the incredible match…Best of all, he captures one of those fleeting moments in sports when competing athletes reach a kind of transcendent perfection simultaneously. Superb narrative nonfiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • The Match was a dream I never thought would come true. If I hadn’t been there I wouldn’t believe it myself, and if you know anything about sports or the game of golf, once you pick up this book you won’t put it down. No one will ever see an event like this again. Fiction can’t touch it.”

    Ken Venturi, retired profession golfer and golf broadcaster

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/19/2014

    " Very well done. Tough to put this one down - even if you're not a golfer or fan of the game, you will enjoy this book. "

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

    " By the same author as Greatest Game Ever Played...this book details a somewhat mythical best ball golf match sad to have occurred at Cypress Point Golf Club in California between the top two professionals of the day Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson (although Nelson was retired from competitive golf at the time of the match) and then amateurs Ken Venturi and Harvy Ward. The book is interesting in the detail of the lives of each player, the match itslf and the events of the surrounding golf world such as the history of the "Crosby Clambake" played at Pebble Beach, Cypress and Spyglass that has now become the AT &T Pro Am. It also gives a good history of the origination of Cypress Point, how designer Allistar McKenzie (he also designed Augusta National) got his start thru the auspices of Marion Hollis, an accomplished female athlete and golfer who was the moving force behind Cypress Point. Cypress was McKenzie's masterpiece and thru his work there and his relationship with Marion Hollis met Bobby Jones. Jones was so impressed with Cypress Point that he asked McKenzie to design Augusta National. This 55 year old former surgeon then became one of golf's most recognized course architects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joan | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this one, but then I love most books about golf history. Written in a very readable sytle, it's the story of a real golf match and also the stories of the four players invloved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alec | 2/11/2014

    " Fascinating & fun to read for those with an interest in the history of Golf. "

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