The Downhill Lie

The Downhill Lie

[a Hacker's Return to A Ruinous Sport]

Audiobook CD - 2008
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"Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years--and memories of shanked 7-irons faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son--and also as a grandfather. "What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he'd never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation? Here's why I did it: I'm one sick bastard." And thus we have Carl's foray into a world of baffling titanium technology, high-priced golf gurus, bizarre infomercial gimmicks and the mind-bending phenomenon of Tiger Woods; a maddening universe of hooks and slices where Carl ultimately--and foolishly--agrees to compete in a country-club tournament against players who can actually hit the ball. "That's the secret of the sport's infernal seduction, " he writes. "It surrenders just enough good shots to let you talk yourself out of quitting." Hiaasen's chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem--culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament--will have you rolling with laughter. Yet the bittersweet memories of playing with his own father and the glow he feels when watching his own young son belt the ball down the fairway will also touch your heart. Forget Tiger, Phil and Ernie. If you want to understand the true lure of golf, turn to Carl Hiaasen, who offers an extraordinary audiobook for the ordinary hacker" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape : Published by arrangement with Random House Audio, [2008]
Edition: CD edition B-O-T library edition.
Copyright Date: ́¿2008
ISBN: 9781415945797
Branch Call Number: 796.352092 H52DO
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (345 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 06, 2021

Carl Hiassen is not a classicsl writer, but he does have an entertaining style, and a great sense of humour. Sadly this book does not do him much credit

Nov 02, 2008

The only reason I watch golf is to see Tiger Woods. I chose this book because I've liked a number of Hiassen's books, especially Lucky You. As far as this golf book I said, I like Tiger Woods and this book aint no Tiger Woods. 1 of 10 stars.


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