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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Helling Narrator: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455198337
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He was born to a father who described him as the “chosen one,” a boy who would grow into a man with the power to impact nations. His mother called him the “universal child,” blessed with the ability to hold the races together. Choosing the unlikely avenue of golf, they groomed their son for the fame and influence that they always believed was his destiny. At twenty, Tiger Woods made his debut in a Nike commercial. “Hello, world,” he said. “Are you ready for me?”

The world was ready.

For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents’ expectations. He conquered the sport of golf, using his father’s training to cultivate skills that the sport had never before seen. He became a global icon: a charismatic, multiracial superstar who revolutionized the golfing world and inspired crossover fans of all races. He was a Madison Avenue darling, earning more for his squeaky clean persona than he earned for his sport. He settled down with a beautiful Swedish model and started a family. His net worth approached a billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan—until the scandal hit.

The women, the drugs, the domestic violence, the bizarre car accident—as the media breathlessly mixed news with speculation, Tiger’s wholesome image was shattered. No longer the paragon of self-restraint, Tiger became the poster boy for self-destruction. Corporate America exercised its fickle option and Tiger Woods was suddenly transformed from a commercial spokesman into a tabloid king.

Before the scandal, the world knew very little about Tiger Woods. After the scandal, they knew him even less. His handlers kept a tight rein on the private superstar, carefully controlling his media coverage. Although everyone recognizes Tiger Woods, his true character has remained a mystery.

Steve Helling, a People magazine writer who has covered Tiger for years, draws on intimate sources—many speaking out for the first time—to create a vivid, sometimes inspiring, often astonishing portrait of the golfer.

Tiger: The Real Story is the riveting story of a gifted athlete who tasted unprecedented success and fame. Using his storied golf career as a backdrop, it examines how the people closest to Tiger—an ambitious father, an ambivalent mother, and a starstruck wife—have shaped him into a complex and conflicted man. Central to the story is Tiger himself: how media hype and a sudden fall from grace have nearly destroyed his personal and professional life…and where he goes from here.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book may remind readers not to idolize their public figures.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kenerly’s reading of this ‘real story’ about Tiger Woods is spot on, neither urgent nor reticent. His reserved delivery is especially appropriate when he is reading descriptions of odd events and occurrences that presage revelations of Woods’ philandering…Not a wallow in the seaminess of Woods’ situation, but a nice overview of his career arc.”


  • “A fascinating read, reminiscent of driving by a car accident; you don’t want to look but you do it anyway.”

    Portland Book Review

  • “This is an authorized biography of the golf superstar, and Helling’s focus is on Woods, himself, rather than the scandal that brought him down.”


  • ABooklist Top 10of 2010: Sports Audiobooks

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. George | 10/23/2013

    " well written golf lore...albeit a bit leaning to hearsay, it does try to keep the dignity of this champion in one piece. Most interestingly, Earle Woods has a most interesting story behind the story of Tiger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harmony | 9/28/2013

    " More about tigers relationship w media then a bio "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 4/12/2013

    " There's not much here that the casual golf fan doesn't already know. Yet, I found parts of Tiger: The Real Story very captivating. The book is fairly tame, and I question how much of it is the "real story". Nevertheless, it's light summer reading that makes me want to dust off the clubs and play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/1/2013

    " A must read for everyone, even if you aren't a fan of golf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jon | 9/23/2010

    " Good read, good writer, no surprises, but insights; sad story--modern (Greek) tragedy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 5/7/2010

    " Absolutely one of the biggest wastes of time I have ever had reading a book. Virtually nothing in it was revealing in any way. Plenty of other books written about Tiger have covered the exact same ground, and there was nearly no new material at all. Wish I'd not have spent the time. "

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About the Author

Steve Helling is a staff writer for People magazine where he has published over 1,000 articles, including fifty-five cover stories. He has interviewed countless celebrities, including Serena Williams, Jane Fonda, Usher, John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah, and appeared on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN’s Prime News, and several others. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

About the Narrator

Kevin Kenerly is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and earned a BA at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in fifteen seasons, playing dozens of roles.