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Tiger Woods

Narrated by: Roger Casey
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today's most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and 11-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods - sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking, behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of an American icon.

In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade.

But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years - one that exploded in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional life off a cliff. In Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the recent New York Times best seller The System, dig deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: Who is Tiger Woods?

Drawing on more than 400 interviews with people from every corner of Woods' life - friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros, and members of Woods' inner circle - Benedict and Keteyian construct a captivating psychological profile of an African American child programmed by an attention-grabbing father and the original Tiger Mom to be the "chosen one", to change not just the game of golf but the world as well. But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the starling answers in a biography destined to make headlines and linger in the minds of listeners for years to come.

©2018 Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Great Detail

More to the story than I ever knew. Great from start to finish. Amazing that you get to go back to following him live after this book. Narration was ok not great.

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  • Dan
  • 2018-09-18

Very engaging listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening through this audiobook. Although, I wouldn't take everything said/read about Tiger in the book at face value, it's a thrilling story about a man, who once appeared flawless as an athlete, had glaring personal weaknesses that he ultimately could not control.

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Great Book

Great book to read / listen to. Very informative and easy to follow. Once started I could not listen enough. #Audible1

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interesting

Changed my opinion of Tiger especially his life as a youth .A lot of facts I was unaware of.

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Wonderfully Read.

Loved the writing and reading of this story. I was fully engaged even though I’m not a golf fan. There seems to be a lot of research behind this book. Would recommend it to anyone.

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Interesting, however...

I thought the story was great. It paints an interesting picture of Tiger's formative years. I hate to be critical, but the narration is poor. Perhaps there has been some splices to fix some of the mispronounced names referenced in other reviews, but these are even more distracting than the errors that remain.
Nevertheless, I recommend the book for any Tiger or golf fan that is interested in learning what was going on behind the scenes during such a memorable time in Golf.

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  • Bill Pence
  • 2018-05-09

A Balanced Look at One of Golf's Greatest

For this major biography of Tiger Woods, the authors completed more than 400 interviews over a three-year period. Woods declined to participate with the project after the authors refused the conditions Woods and his team imposed on them. Still, fans of Woods will find this to be an interesting, and I believe fair, look at his life thus far.
Everyone knows Woods’ golf accomplishments, so I will focus on what readers may hope to gain from reading this book that they can’t get in previously published books about Woods. We have to start with Wood’s family, and primarily his father Earl. His parents were the only people Tiger could trust, for him, family was everything. Unfortunately, it was a dysfunctional family that he grew up in. Earl cheated on his first wife with Tiger’s mother, actually marrying her a few years before he was divorced from his first wife. In addition, Earl is portrayed as a father who took advantage of his son’s talent to benefit financially, and at least bent the rules on how to finance his travels to amateur tournaments. In addition to infidelity, Earl had vices of alcohol and porn. Unfortunately, some of those vices were passed on to Tiger. Earl would often interject race into interviews, while Tiger tended to avoid the subject. We are told that Earl is buried in an unmarked grave.
We read about a four-year relationship (in high school and college) that Tiger had with Deana, which was abruptly broken off, and another relationship he had prior to marriage. He had his first knee surgery while in college at Stanford.
We hear about Tiger’s conflict with members of the media, primarily John Feinstein and Jimmy Roberts, and his friendship with golfer and neighbor Mark O’Meara and his family.
Especially after he turned professional, Tiger was always under a microscope. Everyone wanted a piece of him and he made millions in endorsements. We hear about his increasing rudeness, failure to tip in restaurants and gambling in Las Vegas with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. The book addresses his obsession with working out and becoming a member of the Navy Seals.
Woods was married to Elin Nordegren for six years. The book spends a lot of time on his well-documented fall from grace, detailing his cheating on her, often times with multiple women at the same time while she was caring for their two young children at home. Woods was living a lie as a sex addict. The authors point out that he interestingly played some of his best golf when his personal life was out of control.
The authors state that Woods was in a dark place after Earl’s death. He became surlier with the media and would eventually become addicted to sleeping pills and pain medication. They address rumors whether he took PEDs (performance enhancing drugs), offering testimony from those close to him.
The book details his work with swing coaches such as Butch Harmon and Hank Haney, and in more recent years his injuries, surgeries and missed cuts. It ends with his return to competitive golf in early 2018 and his desire to be a good father to his two children.
The book contains a significant amount of adult language, much of it quotes from Woods. Golf fans, particularly fans of Woods will be interested in this well-researched and written book.

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  • Dustin
  • 2018-06-25

I couldn't stop listening!!

Narration is half the battle with audiobooks. This book was the best narrated book I've ever heard. Written beautifully and researched relentlessly, this book has all the emotions you could desire. Tiger Woods's story is already an interesting one but these authors take you behind the scene of every event in his life.

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  • Dubi
  • 2019-02-16

Schadenfreude For Non-Fans

If you don't like Tiger Woods, you're going to love "Tiger Woods". If you're a fan of Tiger Woods, "Tiger Woods" will infuriate you. Consider me infuriated. If you're a fan of good gossip and tabloid journalism, you're going to doubly love "Tiger Woods". If you're a fan of good investigative journalism, "Tiger Woods" will infuriate you. Consider me doubly infuriated.

This is a hatchet job that revels in Tiger's downfall while diminishing or demeaning his accomplishments (as much as that is possible given how unassailable some of those accomplishments are), and even tries to invent new scandals out of rumors.

The authors reveal up front that they could not interview anyone with an NDA or anyone who felt close enough to Tiger to ask his permission before talking to them (permission was denied). The authors tell us up front that most of their source material was already out in the public. Most of the people who did talk to the authors had at least one ax to grind. The authors turned down a chance to talk to Tiger because of his onerous demands, even though by that time, Tiger was for the first time ever giving out numerous candid interviews to just about everyone who asked.

Their primary goal, they say, was to present a balanced view of Tiger, but in their world, that means holding up gossip and innuendo against sworn testimony, giving more weight to the former while dismissing the latter (see my full review at Good Reads for detailed examples). Only in their tilted world of hit journalism can Tiger's desire to practice or upgrade his swing, or play through pain to the point of injuring himself, be a moral failing. Totally infuriating.

The narration suffers as well. The glee with which the text tears down Tiger is equally conveyed in how it is read. And it is poorly recorded -- I could hear (at least through my earbuds) every edit, with one sentence spoken differently and at different volume than the preceding or succeeding sentence. For a book to be recorded this poorly in 2018 makes no sense, although you will likely not notice if you listen in a car.

I was looking forward to reading a balanced biography of Tiger Woods. I thought balance would mean tempering the tabloid mentality that caused the feeding frenzy over his personal scandals, which seem kind of tame in today's world where worse behavior does not disqualify people from holding higher office. Instead, we have rehash journalism and gossip mongering masquerading as serious biography. Maybe for those who would enjoy the schadenfreude of listening to Tiger being trashed. But not for me.

Update: Tiger just won the 2019 Masters. These two guys stated flat out that he would never win another major. They were wrong. On so many counts. And yet, one can imagine a future edition in which they find some way to minimize this latest accomplishment.

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  • Fresh Luke
  • 2018-08-03

Fascinating subject, solid writing, meh audiobook

I grew up one of the biggest Tiger fans you'll ever meet. I've cheered for him since he first came up on tour, and I still think he's one of the most impressive athletes we'll ever get to witness. That's why I was so excited to listen to this book and get to know more about the man I've idolized for most of my life.

The picture painted by the authors differs from the picture I had painted in my mind. Obviously they did a lot more research into him than I ever have, and there's some pretty inexcusable things that he's done in his life that they documented well. That being said, I felt like they oftentimes merely alluded to the great aspects of Tiger, but never dug in deep to that side of the man. Instead, they spent the majority of the book poking holes in his legendary status and making him look like an immature weirdo. Now maybe that is truly who he is, but there's plenty of accounts to the contrary that I've seen other places which never received any attention in the book.

When it comes to the audiobook performance, this was the most uneven reading I've ever experienced. There were times when three consecutive sentences were clearly all recorded at different times. The voice intonations, volume levels, and and tone of the reader would change much too sporadically for my liking.

All in all, I was captured by this book and tore through it, but wasn't that impressed by the quality of it when I finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-15

great

great story i learned a lot that i didn't know about Tiger. wish it came out this year to add the Masters win

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  • Iflyfred
  • 2019-06-11

Engaging Book but Horrendous Narration

The book seems as well researched and written as an unauthorized biography can be and provides the most complete picture yet of Tiger Woods the person. However, I wish I had purchased an actual book and read it rather than the audio version. As others have mentioned, the editing and narration are wildly inconsistent. One can regularly detect a different tone of voice, a different pace of speaking, and variable levels of volume, often all within a three sentence stretch. The narrator sometimes seems like he is trying to channel his inner Barry White and then minutes later sound soulless like he is reading the phone book. This has nothing to do with trying to give voice to a quotation, it happens in all facets of the narration. Quotations from characters in the book are read in inconsistent voices from one chapter to the next.

If the content of the book was not so interesting, I would have given up on this book after an hour. Audible would be well served to have this book re-recorded. Only Audible's generous return policy would convince my to buy any future book read by this narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-11

How do we know ?

How do we know that these guys are telling the truth ? the writers of this book have not been kind to Tiger... They paint a picture of a somewhat mean guy.... I have to admit... there are too many stories of him stiffing waiters etc with tip money... the stories of abuse from his father are just horrible. The story about the golfballs R & D for Nike and Tiger's commitment in saying he would play them in the BMW in Munich, the Nike guy had to fly all around the world to get the 60 balls to Tiger before the Pro Am on the Tuesday, having been notified on the Friday I believe in Ohio- Flew to Japan, then to Germany by Tuesday 9 am ... Tiger's idea of fun they said more or less... But is this true ? if so... that is mean... How do we know though? Big question mark on proof. Worthwhile albeit a very sad picture of a champion.

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  • Colm J. McAuley
  • 2019-05-17

Worth the listen for the content

The narrative was heavily and amateurishly edited. The volume and cadence of the narration changed from paragraph to paragraph; very annoying. Otherwise a great look into the life of Tiger and his dysfunctional family life.

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  • Seth Watson
  • 2019-05-13

Negative Outlook

Was a decent listen. About mid way through it seemed to only focus on negative things about Tiger. Wish it spoke more of his good acts and not such a heavy focus on bad.

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  • John Mayfield
  • 2019-05-10

Roger Casey nailed it

Roger Casey did a phenomenal job narrating this masterful piece. It ends in a perfect place, before we know that Tiger goes on to win the Tour Championship at East Lake, and later, the 2019 Masters. I will re listen a few times to make sure I heard every detail. There is so much to take in, and the overall message is that Tiger Woods is an every day human just like all of us, and we all love him because of it.