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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423311663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423311669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,782,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Easygoing Elliott Goodman, an amateur golfer, finds himself on the operating table after a heart attack and is confronted by God. The Old Boy wants to know why the entirely ordinary Elliott should be allowed to live and, when Elliott's reasons seem lame, challenges him to 18 holes. Rather than play himself, God sends substitutes from history, including Leonardo, John Lennon, Columbus, Babe Ruth, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Marilyn Monroe, Beethoven, Ben Hogan, etc. Mitchell doesn't lack nerve: the hole with Socrates is narrated as a Socratic dialogue, and the hole with Shakespeare as a rather dreadful attempt at a Shakespearean play. Much of the story is superficial, and many of the celebrity cameos are unconvincing, but Mitchell, like his hero, strikes an agreeable tone and is often amusing.

John Mort
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"A golf game against God—with the stakes—life and death? What a great concept! But it gets even better as Elliott Goodman plays golf with Leonardo da Vinci, W.C. Fields, John Lennon, and others. This daring book is a miracle, and, I think, quite possibly a classic." —James Patterson "This story is enjoyable throughout." —Christine Brennan

"A great read…Bob Mitchell writes with wit, intelligence, and passion." —Bill Bradley

"Match Made in Heaven will have you hooked from the first page." —Jim Nantz

"An engaging and often hilarious account of a star-studded round." —Bob Costas

"A magical golf story. Golf truly is a metaphor for life. Fascinating!" —Ann Liguori "A fascinating and fun read that explores the lessons golf can teach us." —Tim Finchem --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Bob Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of six nonfiction books, a collection of poems, and the bestselling novels Match Made in Heaven and Once Upon a Fastball (which have been translated into six languages, were under three film options, have been produced as two audiobooks and two e-books, and appear in a number of college and high school curricula). His third novel Everything on the Line, about tennis and life, has been released (May, 2013) as both an e-book and an audiobook. He is currently writing a novel, Masaccio's Gift, about the Italian Renaissance artist Masaccio and a collection of short stories titled A Slut Nixes Sex in Tulsa. He studied at Williams College and Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature. He has had careers as a French professor, a teaching tennis pro, and an advertising Creative Director and has lived in Paris, Brittany, Angers, Besançon, Marrakech, London, Montreal, Florence, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv. He resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Susan Love (an artist), and his dog, Koslo (a Yellow Lab).

Customer Reviews

It is delightfully poignant as well as hilariously funny.
Janet Arrington
You can read just one chapter at a time, but you will find yourself wanting to read the whole book at once.
dragon lady
If you like golf and you enjoy reading about heaven, this is the book for you!
Sharon Samms

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rabbit on June 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Once my wife and I started to read this book, we couldn't put it down. A totally unique story line that features wit and laughter balanced by moments of wisdom, insight and poignancy. In a disarming way, this book teaches us once again that in the game of life (like golf) fulfillment is found not in winning or losing, but in the character of one's struggle in playing the game.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Haskell on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Match Made In Heaven's improbable premise, a life or death golf game orchestrated by God, is matched only by it's surprisingly clever conclusion. The story contains as many intricate twists and turns as the best designed golf course. This is a book about golf for the golfer and non-golfer alike, with as much to say about life as golf, perhaps more.

The philosophy and character of its all-star cast, ranging from Leonardo DaVinci to Babe Ruth, Beethoven to John Lennon, Picasso to Marilyn Monroe, is impeccably captured by an author who is as insightful as he is creative. Sprinkled with a generous dose of light humor, MMIH is a must-read page-turner unlike any other. It should be this year's runaway best-seller. Five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Waymack on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
The concept of the book was good, and the character's progression through the game was entertaining. The author's message was good, but... I think that it was somewhat predictable. All in all, it is worth reading, and it goes by really quick. If anything the cast of characters that emerge also offer a good refesher in history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially since I am both an ardent golfer and a former heart surgery patient. The book's message that in both golf and life ..."it is all about heart" is so true. And "Match Made in Heaven" presents that message in a brilliantly written, quirky, humorous fashion that should be a must read for every golfer and everyone who has ever had something life threatening in their lives, and anyone else who values life's "mulligans".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Blevins on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I admittedly am not finished with this book yet but I can't say I have not enjoyed any of it up to this point. He starts out name dropping golf equipment brands enough that I have to wonder if he is getting a kick back from the manufacturers, and a lifetime of free golf at the course named in this book. The book just seems to force the details right now I am reading the Edgar Allan Poe chapter where the author refers to Poe as; "the author of _____________ and _____________" no less than 6 times. For example: "Just my luck, the author of William Wilson and Masque of the Red Death moaned..." Repeat 5 more times listing 10 more books and I am annoyed. I can't for the life of me see why my friend recommended it to me other than the golf connection. Sorry I am just not feeling it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Elliott Goodman is about to die. He's had a heart attack and the doctors know he's beyond help. And he is--until God offers a bargain: beat me in a round of golf, and you're saved.

But how do you beat God? God being ultimately fair sends 18 people to play 18 holes of golf with Elliott. These are the people that Elliott must beat, one hole at a time. Golf is a game where you only master the moment, but what if you have a new opponent for each hole, with a golf/life lesson each time? How would you fare? Could you focus teeing it up against Leonardo Da Vinci, W.C. Fields, Moses, Freud, and others? And you have to handle a conversation with them based on their field of expertise applied to your life situation and this particular round of golf!

This book is for the thinking golfer. There are great tips along the way when you look for them--but you've got to be prepared to think through how golf applies to the great game of life as well.

Armchair Interviews says: Not a quick read, but an enjoyable one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roxy Golfer on February 19, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by a golfing friend, a guy in his mid-60's who reads about one book a year. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised to find that the author had done a good job of researching the characters and presented them in the most amusing, yet factual, manner. The premise is that the main character has a heart attack and in the murky area between life and death he must win a golf match to stay alive. On each of the 18 holes of golf he is challenged by a famous person from history. A quick read and a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Menard on November 1, 2011
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This is one of the best books I've ever read - even my teenage children find it terrific. You can listen or read over and over and get something new everytime. Amazing.
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