Tiger by Steve Helling audiobook

Tiger: The Real Story

By Steve Helling
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing 9780306819292
6.71 Hours Unabridged
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He was born to a father who described him as the “chosen one,” a boy who would grow into a man with the power to impact nations. His mother called him the “universal child,” blessed with the ability to hold the races together. Choosing the unlikely avenue of golf, they groomed their son for the fame and influence that they always believed was his destiny. At twenty, Tiger Woods made his debut in a Nike commercial. “Hello, world,” he said. “Are you ready for me?” The world was ready. For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents’ expectations. He conquered the sport of golf, using his father’s training to cultivate skills that the sport had never before seen. He became a global icon: a charismatic, multiracial superstar who revolutionized the golfing world and inspired crossover fans of all races. He was a Madison Avenue darling, earning more for his squeaky clean persona than he earned for his sport. He settled down with a beautiful Swedish model and started a family. His net worth approached a billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan—until the scandal hit. The women, the drugs, the domestic violence, the bizarre car accident—as the media breathlessly mixed news with speculation, Tiger’s wholesome image was shattered. No longer the paragon of self-restraint, Tiger became the poster boy for self-destruction. Corporate America exercised its fickle option and Tiger Woods was suddenly transformed from a commercial spokesman into a tabloid king. Before the scandal, the world knew very little about Tiger Woods. After the scandal, they knew him even less. His handlers kept a tight rein on the private superstar, carefully controlling his media coverage. Although everyone recognizes Tiger Woods, his true character has remained a mystery. Steve Helling, a People magazine writer who has covered Tiger for years, draws on intimate sources—many speaking out for the first time—to create a vivid, sometimes inspiring, often astonishing portrait of the golfer. Tiger: The Real Story is the riveting story of a gifted athlete who tasted unprecedented success and fame. Using his storied golf career as a backdrop, it examines how the people closest to Tiger—an ambitious father, an ambivalent mother, and a starstruck wife—have shaped him into a complex and conflicted man. Central to the story is Tiger himself: how media hype and a sudden fall from grace have nearly destroyed his personal and professional life…and where he goes from here.

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Summary

Summary

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He was born to a father who described him as the “chosen one,” a boy who would grow into a man with the power to impact nations. His mother called him the “universal child,” blessed with the ability to hold the races together. Choosing the unlikely avenue of golf, they groomed their son for the fame and influence that they always believed was his destiny. At twenty, Tiger Woods made his debut in a Nike commercial. “Hello, world,” he said. “Are you ready for me?”

The world was ready.

For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents’ expectations. He conquered the sport of golf, using his father’s training to cultivate skills that the sport had never before seen. He became a global icon: a charismatic, multiracial superstar who revolutionized the golfing world and inspired crossover fans of all races. He was a Madison Avenue darling, earning more for his squeaky clean persona than he earned for his sport. He settled down with a beautiful Swedish model and started a family. His net worth approached a billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan—until the scandal hit.

The women, the drugs, the domestic violence, the bizarre car accident—as the media breathlessly mixed news with speculation, Tiger’s wholesome image was shattered. No longer the paragon of self-restraint, Tiger became the poster boy for self-destruction. Corporate America exercised its fickle option and Tiger Woods was suddenly transformed from a commercial spokesman into a tabloid king.

Before the scandal, the world knew very little about Tiger Woods. After the scandal, they knew him even less. His handlers kept a tight rein on the private superstar, carefully controlling his media coverage. Although everyone recognizes Tiger Woods, his true character has remained a mystery.

Steve Helling, a People magazine writer who has covered Tiger for years, draws on intimate sources—many speaking out for the first time—to create a vivid, sometimes inspiring, often astonishing portrait of the golfer.

Tiger: The Real Story is the riveting story of a gifted athlete who tasted unprecedented success and fame. Using his storied golf career as a backdrop, it examines how the people closest to Tiger—an ambitious father, an ambivalent mother, and a starstruck wife—have shaped him into a complex and conflicted man. Central to the story is Tiger himself: how media hype and a sudden fall from grace have nearly destroyed his personal and professional life…and where he goes from here.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book may remind readers not to idolize their public figures.” Publishers Weekly
“Kenerly’s reading of this ‘real story’ about Tiger Woods is spot on, neither urgent nor reticent. His reserved delivery is especially appropriate when he is reading descriptions of odd events and occurrences that presage revelations of Woods’ philandering…Not a wallow in the seaminess of Woods’ situation, but a nice overview of his career arc.” Booklist
“A fascinating read, reminiscent of driving by a car accident; you don’t want to look but you do it anyway.” Portland Book Review
“This is an authorized biography of the golf superstar, and Helling’s focus is on Woods, himself, rather than the scandal that brought him down.” SoundCommentary.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Marcelo Esteban Mauricio 9/13/2017
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Tiger: The Real Story

I first bought this book on cassette back when this was the consumer division of Blackstone Audio, Inc. The story is good, and, as the subtitle says, real, because Steve Helling did interview Tiger Woods a couple of times. The narration is outstanding, with Kevin Kenerly giving it his best, and it does show.
I can still remember reaching the epilogue (if you have the CD version it is at the end of Disc 6 before the closing credits, if you have the cassette version it is on Cassette 5 Side 2) and sighing of relief when I heard the words "Thank you" at the end of Blackstone's standard closing credits spoken with Mr. Kenerly's soothing voice.

Thank you!

Author

Author Bio: Steve Helling

Author Bio: Steve Helling

Steve Helling is a staff writer for People magazine where he has published over 1,000 articles, including fifty-five cover stories. He has interviewed countless celebrities, including Serena Williams, Jane Fonda, Usher, John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah, and appeared on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN’s Prime News, and several others. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 6.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English