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  • The Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (672 ratings)

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He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game.

Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.

Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old in Las Vegas, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at 13, banished to a Florida tennis camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. By the time he turns pro at 16, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning fast return.

And yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world's best, and his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon.

Alongside vivid portraits of rivals, Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals the depression that shatters his confidence, and the mistake that nearly costs him everything.

In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf.

With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi's game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed and power.

©2009 Harper Collins (P)2009 Harper Collins

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Awful narration flattened the whole book

There were definitely some enjoyable moments in this book, some interesting insights and perhaps a voyeuristic peek through the keyhole at celebrity life but was it enough? I’m a tennis fan but hearing about numerous tight rallies, shot by shot, is not the same as watching. Andre’s career battles with injury make his feats all the more impressive but make for laborious listening. Maybe the harshness of my review should have begun with the narrator who was flat and robotic, not dissimilar to Stephen Hawking. Perhaps someone else could’ve breathed some life into this tough 5 set loss.

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Good story, lousy execution

Andre’s story is an interesting one but the narration sounds like it comes from some computer text-to-speech program, very unemotional and I almost stopped listening a few times because of it.

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Everyone who said it was a great read was right

Andre Agassi, you are a champion, a champion in life. I appreciate your sharing this story. Considering reading this book? DO IT.

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great read

What an amazing book, I have been an Andre fan for a long time and was hoping this book was going to be about him and his career. This didn't disappoint me at all, I enjoyed every minute of it and found it very interesting and still remain a big fan.

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Paradoxical and entertaining

I never realised Andre hated tennis ! What an interesting journey in self discovery and ultimately finding purpose

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Great story from one of the greatest.

It’s funny how you think you know the individual because you have watched and enjoyed the career. But there is many more great layers to unfold and enjoy

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Absolutely loved it!!!

I have always been a fan of Andre and Stephanie and hoped the book lived up to my expectations. Well it surpassed it.

I loved the honesty, the relationship with trainers and mentors and the way you let people into your challenging thoughts.

I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Very easy to listen to and read at a steady pace. Thank you

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Enticing story

Brilliantly narrated. Not being a follower of tennis, I found this audio book interesting and the message universal.

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Brilliant

Thank you Andre. That was unbelievable but told in a way that I felt like you were next to me. Thank you.

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The book was awesome, honest, a sharing of emotions that is close to the core
Thanks Andre.

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