• Open

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (210 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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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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A surprise

A tennis fan, I have been for many years. However, this splendidly narrated book was an unexpected account of Agassi's career. It became the story of a young man seeking his own path in life. Tennis becomes something of an allegory for how we discover who we are, and who we need to help us with this process of discovery. Over decades, the cruelly dominant father and the brilliant son go through the largely painful process of discovering that this tempestuous tennis career has been an instrument for the father's own fulfillment and that Agassi is unwittingly sacrificing himself to achieve this.
This beautifully modulated autobiography evokes sympathy, admiration and mixed feelings when Agassi is hauled into episodes of profound confusion and mixed morality. The self discipline and focus of a champion is reflected in the structure and there is music and balance in the language.
Those who have followed his career will be glad he wrote it.
What is most intriguing is that Agassi continually reiterates his main (and much publicised) theme which is that he hates tennis. But what emerges is that tennis is just a word for what he doesn't like about himself. Happiness will draw him into a more comfortable and direct relationship with the game.

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Highly recommended

Gripping and touching story. Beautifully written. I couldn't stop listening. Enlightening to uncover more of Agassi's fascinating life !

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Great read

I was expecting this just to be another sports biography with the usual tales. What I heard was a remarkable story of a childhood lost and a hatred for the world of tennis. It is a fascinating life, very well told with mostly a lack of bitterness. Well told Andre and good to hear your true nature shine through in the end.

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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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Andre the Awesome

Really enjoyed Mr Agassi’s autobiography and wishe him, his family and his projects well for the future.
The narrator was disappointing and there were a few glitches in the recording.

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Thoughtful and well narrated.

Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These is well worth a listen, one of the more engaging memoirs I've bought.

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Amazing

Enjoyed thoroughly.. great guy great story. Couldn't have imagined that Andre hatted Tennis and yet made every one watching love it.

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Not that Great

Didn't exactly like it. But glad I heard it. Only because I learned something about one of the tennis legend.

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Respect

What made the experience of listening to Open the most enjoyable?

The struggles behind the success of Agassi makes it worth every word.

What other book might you compare Open to and why?

Perhaps other sports autobiographies.

Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

I loved the way Erik has interpreted the voice of the man whom Agassi recruited as his motivational coach who apparently had just written a book. The scene that unfolds in the hotel before recruiting him is cool. I also love all his pursuits of Steffi.

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

SLAM - ed

Any additional comments?

Thank you for a wonderful experience. Since I have played the game and I hate reading books, this experience was tailor made for me.

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  • davidstone28
  • 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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  • John
  • 10-13-10

No Sugar Coating here !

If you think this is typical sports book-forget it ! I had always been a fan of Andre Agassi and thought I knew most things about him-Yes he had won all 4 Tennis Majors - Yes he was flamboyant- Yes he is married to Steffi Graf. These however only cover a tiny part of his incredible life story. He is brutally honest on the people who have changed and molded him to the person he is now, but he is himself own harshest critic.He has been through so much but finally realizes that he has to find inner peace to be happy. Outstanding listen and well worth buying.

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  • MR C K GRAHAM
  • 09-25-18

Ace

Cracking first quarter of the book. Agassi as a young and angry man is a great read. Also later on his 'hair problems' and 'denim shorts' gave me much amusement. The book suffers just a teeny bit from cheese at times, but then again I am a cold Englishman and Agassi is an 80s all American dude from Vegas, so I can forgive him.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-14-16

Great story but terrible narration

Listened to it at 1.5x speed to mask how bad the narration was. This is a pity as the book really shone a light on the trials and tribulations of what was an epic but also insanely tough career.

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  • Mike Sanders
  • 08-23-16

Great book but I missed the deleted parts.

I have read the hardback version and was disappointed to find so many key parts missing from this bridged version.

Still a great listen but ....

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  • Sarah
  • 07-29-22

Great Listen

open and honest and full of love. You don't need to be a tennis fan to enjoy this book.

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  • Spencer Hayler
  • 06-29-22

Awesome!!

What a fantastic read (listen). I really didn’t want it to end.
Absolutely bloody brilliant!

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  • shane powell
  • 06-02-22

Amazing

I grew up watching Andre and now have a better understanding of the turmoil he went through whilst playing. Such an honest reflection on his career. He is still my favourite player ever with his charisma and playing style

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-22

Superb emotional read

Thank you andre for your incredible career
and this wonderful summary of it. Emotional and beautifully written. I loved every word.

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  • Claire Priestley
  • 01-20-22

Brilliant


It’s a fantastic, honest and gripping story and I thank Agassi for sharing his journey. Quite amazing and for me so unexpected, in a good way.

Agassi was the first tennis player I really enjoyed watch play when I was young. I had no idea until reading this excellent book about his experiences, his private life and his feelings towards tennis. Such an interesting life!

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  • Daryl
  • 12-09-20

Good story, lousy execution

Andre’s story is an interesting one but the narration sounds like it comes from some computer text-to-speech program, very unemotional and I almost stopped listening a few times because of it.

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  • Sonia A.
  • 05-25-20

Everyone who said it was a great read was right

Andre Agassi, you are a champion, a champion in life. I appreciate your sharing this story. Considering reading this book? DO IT.

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  • Alana
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-22

Awful narration flattened the whole book

There were definitely some enjoyable moments in this book, some interesting insights and perhaps a voyeuristic peek through the keyhole at celebrity life but was it enough? I’m a tennis fan but hearing about numerous tight rallies, shot by shot, is not the same as watching. Andre’s career battles with injury make his feats all the more impressive but make for laborious listening. Maybe the harshness of my review should have begun with the narrator who was flat and robotic, not dissimilar to Stephen Hawking. Perhaps someone else could’ve breathed some life into this tough 5 set loss.

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  • Kerrie Czernia
  • 06-11-20

Absolutely loved it!!!

I have always been a fan of Andre and Stephanie and hoped the book lived up to my expectations. Well it surpassed it.

I loved the honesty, the relationship with trainers and mentors and the way you let people into your challenging thoughts.

I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Very easy to listen to and read at a steady pace. Thank you

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  • James
  • 07-22-22

Great book - bad narrator!

Loved the story but needed to speed it up to 1.2× to be able to tolerate the narration speed and tone.

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  • Wise reviewer
  • 06-25-22

Agassi tennis legend

Amazing biography from Andre Agassi of his highs and lows about tennis and life.
I might purchase the book for the full story

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  • David F.
  • 03-15-22

Very entertaining, but abridged

I really enjoyed listening to this story, it’s a shame it is abridged, it felt like some good stuff was cut out..

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  • S.A.
  • 03-13-22

Great Insight

A interesting perspective on what many would not have known. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-22

Well that was well worth the read

Amazing how the media can portray a person into a selfish arrogant being and yet in reality that same person is suffering from massive insecurities, comes from an abnormal almost abusive childhood and disfigures his public appearance not too shout aloud to the world but to hide from it. And what a well told story from and an unsung man…… well well worth the read.