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The Bogey Man

A Month on the PGA Tour
Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins

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George Plimpton chronicles his month spent on the PGA tour in The Bogey Man, now recorded and including an introduction by Tom Wolfe.

What happens when a weekend athlete - of average skill at best - joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton, one of the finest participatory sports journalists, spent a month of self-imposed torture on the tour to find out. Along the way, he meets amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans, and hangers-on. In The Bogey Man, we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore and, best of all, Plimpton's thoughts and experiences - frustrating, humbling, and sometimes thrilling - from the first tee to the last green.

This intriguing classic, which remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf, features Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Walter Hagan, and many other golf greats and eccentrics all doing what they do best.

©2016 George Plimpton (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Humorous but also agonizing and also unfailingly fascinating regardless of one's interest in golf. For the psychology of the sport - and this is what Mr. Plimpton is probing - there is nothing more revealing around." ( The New York Times)
"Plimpton will interest even the man who can't tell a pitching wedge from a putter.... This is really a book about a kind of madness with rules, and anyone can appreciate the appeal of that." ( Newsweek)
"Golf is a lonely and private game, lacking the natural drama of football, but Plimpton, by substituting improvisation for plot, has caught its mad comedy and bizarre effects on people in a book just as charming, in its own way, as Paper Lion." ( Life)

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  • Bill
  • 2019-02-28

Total waste of time

I read this book many years ago and had fond memories of the author (perhaps from some of his other works which I read at the time). I am an avid reader of golf history and enjoy humorous takes on the sport. Sadly, this is one of the least engaging books I have purchased over my ten year, 2 book a month history with audible. The poor narration just elevates the disappointment.

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  • J. Grablowski
  • 2020-01-07

The best golf book for new golfers.

... as long as you’re looking for entertainment and not technical tips. Transportive and engaging. Plimpton shines, as usual, and anyone with a passing knowledge of golf and its idiosyncrasies will delight.