Missing Links : Missing Links

  • by Rick Reilly
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • Series: Missing Links
  • 8 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly comes this spoof of all things golf and country club.
Missing Links is the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and play golf together at Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli, not so fondly known as Ponky. An 18-hole garbage dump with hazards that include a concrete river surrounded by a chain-link fence and the pillars of the elevated train that runs through the course, it is reputed to be the worst golf course in America.
One day the group inadvertently discovers that all along they've been playing right next door to the Mayflower Club, a true golfing Eden. The rollicking plot includes a bet to see who will be first to sneak in a round at the Mayflower, as well as the narrator's attempts to reach some sort of reasonable understanding with his overbearing father.


What the Critics Say

“[E]asily the wittiest golf novel yet—the Bull Durham of the genre, and the closest thing to Caddyshack on paper we're likely to get.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it." (Bob Costas, NBC commentator)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

"F" word is pervalent in the story...

...at least the beginning. I didn't make it through more than 15 mintues of the story. I don't like th "F" word. If you don't mind it, you might like it. I can't review the story fairly because I didn't give it a listen for long enough so I gave it 3 stars, figuring it is neither good or bad.
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- Todd

Old time attitudes

There's a gloss of 21st Century in this writing, but it's thin. This story would make more sense had it been published in 1955, prior to the Civil Rights Movement. It's mildly racist and sexist throughout, with red-flag homophobia and a cruel prank played on a fat waitress. Why? Because she's fat, which is enough to make it funny, right? It's about we-won't-grow-up Peter Pans, with an unconvincing, slapped-on maturity ending. On the other hand, I don't know why I bought it, as I don't play golf. Maybe for golfers, all of the above is forgivable given the devotion to the game.
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- Regina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.