Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known.
A young Massachusetts native, Francis was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie. Harry was twice his age, the greatest British champion in history, and innovator of the modern grip and swing. Through exacting hard work, perseverance, and determination, Harry Vardon had escaped a hopeless life of poverty; the unknown Ouimet dared to dream of following in his hero's footsteps. When the two men finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 US Open, its heart-stopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.
Weaving the stories of Ouimet and Vardon as his narrative, Mark Frost creates a uniquely involving, intimate epic that is equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. The Greatest Game Ever Played is a must-listen for millions of sports and history fans - and all who have ever dared to reach for their dreams.
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As in most cases this book is way way better than the movie.. great history of golf with a story thrown in.. fantastic..
"One of the Greatest Golf Stories ever writen"
My all time favorite golf film is the one based on this book and this story blows away the movie. Along with The Match (also written by Mark Frost), The Greatest Game Ever Played are by far two of my favorite books ever read or listened to.
If you're a golfer and/or love the game, this book will take you back to a different era of the sport to a time of some of that generations greatest sportsman and ambassadors.
The book is enthralling, captivating, and has not one dull moment. I highly suggest listening to this exquisitely told story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon and everything that lead up to and after the 1913 US Open.
"A great listen, even if you've seen the movie"
…especially if you've seen the movie. I found that having seen the movie only enhanced the listening experience. Great narrator, even if he can't properly say "Carnoustie", great performance. Highly recommend.
I picked this book because of its high reviews and was not disappointed. This is a well told story and I couldn't listen to it fast enough. Great read!
This book has reinvigorated a love for golf in me. A wonderful and touching story.
This book was exciting something really different for me. I loved Harry, Francis, and Eddy and of course the narrator who made them alive for me. I am not a golfer at all but my dad was and stopped playing when he was about 78 but watched golf on TV until his death at 92. Great book?
"Best Book Yet"
I have listened to many books. I have thoroughly enjoyed quite a few. This is the best so far. I could not stop smiling through the last few chapters. The characters are so interesting, the narrator so good, and such an excellent, real story. So good!
truely a great book and very informative. the author took time to discuss the issues of the time and really got me to sink my teeth into the story of this great American icon... i finished the book in two days
"Comprehensive look at the 1913 US Open"
Well read, well written. The book goes into great detail about Ouimet, Vardon, and Ray but stays interesting throughout.
"More than just the story of Francis Ouimet"
This book is loaded with history. I enjoyed it so much I'm still stunned. I just expected the same story as the movie. Frost paints the full picture including the culture, politics and people of the era. He immerses you in the drama and delivers a rousing account of one of the most incredible stories in the history of all sports.
The performance grew on me as he went on. But there were times when he read without any emotion, running things together. But as the story grew, his performance improved.
Overall, one of the top three golf books ever written.
"A great game"
Loved it. Wonderfully detailed but enthralling and easy to listen to. Recommend this to any student of the great games history.
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