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Publisher's Summary

Ever since his astonishing victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, John Daly has enthralled fans with his big drives, bigger personality, and "Grip It and Rip It" approach to golf - and to life. Usually seen with a Marlboro Light dangling from his lip, John is the unchained, unpredictable, unapologetic bad boy of professional golf. "The only rules I follow", JD likes to say, "are the Rules of Golf." 

My Life in and out of the Rough is a thrillingly - and sometimes shockingly - candid memoir of a larger-than-life athlete battling assorted addictions (alcohol, gambling, chocolate, sex), his weight, and, perhaps worst of all, divorce lawyers. (He's been married four times.) 

A two-time major winner before he turned 30, John Daly is one of the most popular athletes in the world. Taking listeners with him off the fairway and into his $1.5-million motor home for a rollicking ride through his life - an ever-churning world of booze, burgers, casinos, country music, and breathtaking moonshots - Daly reveals how a down-home Everyman from Arkansas managed to rise to the peak of the golf world, escape from the depths of abject depression, and, finally, take control of his life. 

Well, sort of.

©2006 John Daly (P)2020 Tantor

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Good short listen, bad choice for narrator

Always entertaining to read about John Daly, but they couldn't have picked a worse narrator for the book. It's not that the narrator was bad, it was just a terrible fit for what's supposed to be John's voice. The book's subject matter takes place when he was in his 20's and 30's mostly and published when he was around 39-40, but the narrator's voice sounds like someone in their 60's. If you've ever heard John speak in real life you'll likely be thrown off by the narration as I was.

Also be aware this book was originally published in 2007 and that's where the story ends.

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Clarified many rumors

I enjoyed the story, and it cleared up some of the rumors he endured during his rough stretches.

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Great story but the worst choice of narrators

This is a great story of Johns life but unfortunately the narration was a distraction. John is from Arkansas, the narrator sounds 80 years old and sometimes frail as well as a f he’s from maybe the North East. It just didn’t fit.
I would have preferred to read this one rather than listen.

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Everything I never knew about JD

I started this and found it so fascinating I listened to the end. So glad he was willing to share his ups and downs.

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Something missing

While the look into JD’s life provided amazing insight into an awesome and interesting character, it felt like a lot was left unsaid. Is the book worth a listen, YES! Could it have been better, YES! Would I read the next one, HELL YES! But JD could have said more, admitted more and shared more. I hope the back nine comes out soon.

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  • R. J. Selwyn
  • 04-25-21

Fascinating Story

Loved it, what a great golfing character. So much talent and so much wildness lol. Great story of his story, covering all the highs and lows. Very truthful and doesn't pull the punches. Really enjoyed the book and well worth the listen.

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  • M. B. Ellison
  • 03-04-20

Review of John Daley’s book

Great gook but disappointed it only captured JDs like up to 2006 And not through to 2020 when audio book released

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  • 05-16-22

Under delivered

John has an amazing story to tell but this book lacks depth. Especially in regards to his golfing life and experiences on the tour. I also struggled with the narrator which was very different from the way John speaks. Self narration would have proved the overall experience for me.

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  • liam l.
  • 03-31-22

Big John

Shows how professional golfers have to go to hell and back but we only see them on tour living their best life.

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  • 09-30-21

pretty good story but didn't like the narration

any longer and I would have got bored. got to love JD but didn't enjoy the narration. probably fine if you are from the deep south but a bit annoying otherwise. some great anecdotes which he could have made more of and some dull bits like the 4 wives which went on a bit long

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  • joe
  • 04-18-20

john

really good book, john really is some Bloke .
The book made me smile, but in parts it is a little sad.
But a good read ...