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The Downhill Lie - A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport-logo

The Downhill Lie - A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport

Carl Hiaasen

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 the Trade Paperback edition.

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 the Trade Paperback edition.
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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 the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:31