Tiger Woods (Unabridged)
by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
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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.
Fair enough articulation of the man himself. As a long time follower and fan I most certainly came away with a more humbled opinion of Tiger and Earl and much respect for his mother. The information in this book was wonderful. My biggest critique is that as an avid golf fan it made me cringe to hear the presenter pronounce very well-known terms, players, and courses way off the mark, and this book was littered with them. “Jasper” Parnevik, Doral as “Dorel”, Brandel “Chamblay.” It would have made the audiobook 4.5-5 star worthy had the presenter had even a mild knowledge of golf much less someone to correct the work before publishing. Shame on them for that.
Someone needed to tell the narrator how to pronounce names and golf courses
The vast majority of the names are mis-pronounced. It’s the producer’s fault, but it really took me out of it. The story was pretty good. Wish they had more research in the later years. The redemption is so truncated. Guess they only had sources from the glory years. Overall glad I listened.