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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Anyone who is familiar with the persona of Jimmy Connors on the court will likely be curious to know whether that was the real him or simply a PR stunt. By the end of the book, I concluded that (like most things in life) the answer is somewhere in-between. Connors readily admits to much of the hijinks that many of us witnessed in the 1970s and 80s, but provides some fairly raw admissions of poor decisions and actions. However, peppered in-between are several endearing accounts of the relationships that launched his career and/or accompanied him along the way. Truth is, I wasn't sure of the sincerity part until later in the book, when Mr. Connors spent a considerable amount of time acknowledging all those folks who'd supported him during his heyday: his fellow players, his family, even his dogs. I don't think an ego-maniac would devote so much attention to praising others (and admitting to his own failures) if there wasn't a healthy dose of sincerity and humility in there somewhere. Color me impressed.
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Where does The Outsider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was a good audiobook. I am glad I purchased it, I never really had the chance to watch Connors, but I was really curious to listen about that era.
What other book might you compare The Outsider to and why?
It is a sparring partner to Open, he definitely takes some shots at that book and I admire that he says what he feels honestly.
What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He has the attitude to fit the words and capture what Jimmy was going for.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, some funny parts. Hearing about his mother being attacked was definitely alarming. I like Jimmy Connors after listening to this book.
Any additional comments?
If you like sports bios check this one out.
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