While driving my car I enjoy listening to memoirs and business books. While running I like listening to books about running.
I'm really enjoying this. It is a great insight into Tiger Woods and specifically how he plays golf. It is not the tell tale expose people might expect and although there are some colourful details about Tiger's character in the main these are things people already know, he's sullen, super focused etc etc.
There is brilliant stuff about how Tiger learns, how he adapts to change and how he prepares to play. His relationship with Haney and how Haney felt during his association with Tiger is fascinating stuff.
There are few account of golfers playing in their prime that are written from such a close perspective. Golfers themselves are not necessarily able to disengage enough to write such a detailed and insightful account of what made them play the way they played or act the way they acted (Mark James' book on the Ryder Cup for example...). Haney's position as coach makes him a brilliant observer of Tiger and the account he gives feels remarkably authentic.
It would be churlish to say that Haney's narration lets the book down, however his narration is very much in the good not great category. Also, some of the editing of the audio is clunky and should really have been better.
Overall, if you are interested in Tiger this is a fantastic book. If you interested in gossip and tittle tattle about his lifestyle then there are other places to get that info.
I really enjoyed this. It is a fun story with good characters which mixes informative content about the Tarahumara people and the physiology of running with some inspirational stories about ultra-runners and their various exploits.
I really like Michael Lewis' writing. He has the ability to explain complex theories and strategies in simple engaging language. He turns real people and events into brilliant storylines which are enlightening and often fascinating. This book is no exception.
That said, I don't think I found baseball as engrossing a topic as those covered elsewhere by Lewis. People are correct that this book is not simply about baseball but clearly it has baseball at its heart.
If I was a baseball fan I would have given this 5 stars. My 4 star review is not really a fair reflection on the quality of writing, the quality of insight or the quality of the reading or production of this book - on all of those levels I found it excellent.