• Open

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-11-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Linda Kable on 01-16-11

They cut out too much

The fact that it's abridged is annoying because some of the best bits in the book are missing.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-13-10

Is he really a writer????

Amazingly the first time I was going to buy this book I thought twice. Should I really go for it??? Is it really something I want to read? some Tennis Player talking about Tennis and boring me to death. I mean what the hell will Andre Agassi write about and can the guy actually write?

Surprisingly, I was shocked. I found Andre to really have a way with words and he also had me glued from Page 1.

“Open” looks into the life and struggles of Andre Agassi and the sport he actually hated more than anything in the world and how ironically he ended having it as a career. It looks into his relationship with his father, his marriage to the beautiful Brook Shields and his antics to win the heart of Stephie Graf.

The book is really worth it and has a number of subliminal messages in it. The biggest hidden message or a moral if you would like to call it is don't give up on life and that anything is possible. Agassi did everything he hated but managed to get everything he set his mind to. Some people may call it luck. I call it dedication.

My personal opinion of Andre Agassi before reading this book was that he was a total show off which actually made me hate the guy’s guts. After reading the book, I found out that people just did not understand the man and his beliefs.
I truly admire the man now after reading this book. Hats off to you Andre.

A captivating book from Cover to end. Do get it and enjoy.

Bryceb

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4 out of 5 stars
By davidstone28 on 05-01-10

Get the full version

Good story, but the abridged version leaves out too much detail that you find in the book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas Corkhill on 01-07-17

Compelling story poor narration.

Very interesting story. I did cynically wonder how much had been over-emphasised. The narration is very monotone. Perhaps that is just to my English ears. 3/5.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alana on 11-14-14

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-26-18

Good story but..

I enjoyed the story but the narrator reading the story makes it sound depressing. Could have been so much more enjoyable. Shame.

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