Miracle at Merion

  • by David Barrett
  • Narrated by Richard Allen
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Legendary sportswriter Red Smith characterized Ben Hogan’s comeback from a near-fatal automobile crash in February 1949 as “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Now, more than 60 years later, that statement still rings true. The crowning moment of Hogan’s comeback was his astonishing victory in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, where his battered legs could barely carry him on the 36-hole final day. Miracle at Merion -the recipient of the USGA’s 2010 Herbert Warren Wind Award for the best golf book of the year - tells the stirring story of Hogan’s valiant triumph over adversity.


Audible Editor Reviews

Ben Hogan was one of the world's most accomplished golfers when, in 1949, a head-on collision with a bus left him with career-threatening injuries. David Barrett recounts Hogan's remarkable triumph at the 1950 U.S. Open, one of the great comebacks in sports history. Richard Allen performs with an articulate elegance, lending the proceedings an appropriately august air, making listeners comprehend the gravity of Hogan's accomplishment. Miracle at Merion is a remarkable account of an ascendant star's tragic fall and his improbable, inspiring rise back to the top.


What the Critics Say

“A must-read for anyone who cares about golf.” (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Uninspired writing and poor narration

Any additional comments?

Though reasonably well researched, this book came across like encyclopedia prose, lacking the colorfulness and emotionality of the subject matter. The narrator mispronounced so many names and places I began looking out for the next one. Both the book and the narration were uninspired. I love all things Ben Hogan and could hardly endure this book.

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- DaveH

Great stories but Narrator mispronounces names

What did you love best about Miracle at Merion?

I learned a lot of facts I didn't know about golf. Period when OB was not stroke and distance. I read a lot of Golf books and found out info on Hogan, Demaret, Burke, Snead I did not know before. Must read if you like Golf history.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Allen’s performances?

Richard Allen mispronounced Medinah, Inverness and Henry Picard's last name. Where was the "proof reader"? Need to know something about your subject and know names before you narrate.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

More than just Hogan and Merion and that is a good thing.

Any additional comments?

Well researched and an easy listen.

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- Mr. Mr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios