- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 4, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IO5O2OS
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His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir Audiobook – Unabridged
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In "His Ownself: A Memoir", Jenkins reaches into his formidable memory and comes back with tales of his early life growing up in a sports-crazy town, Fort Worth, Texas, in a sports-crazy time, the 1930s. College football and golf were the most important sports of his formative years, with the TCU Horned Frogs in town and the SMU Mustangs just down the road in Dallas, not to mention that two of the greatest golfers ever to swing a club, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, were also Fort Worth native sons.
Jenkins began his career with the Fort Worth Press, starting on the job as an incoming college freshman. Over the years he met and wrote about all the greats - he got to know Ben Hogan while still a college golfer and sportswriter for the Forth Worth Press, and came to know the great man very well over the years. Besides innumerable columns and sidebars, he has penned eleven novels - three of which that have been made into movies, with varying degrees of success - and nine nonfiction books. At age 84 he is still writing for Golf Digest, and attending golf's major tournaments - the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship - to provide eager readers with his unique insights.
Readers of this book who have read his other work - and I cannot imagine that they won't have - will recognize the tenor of his fictional tales in the stories he tells of his early life and subsequent career. Many characters and personalities, and even thinly-disguised versions of real-life incidents from his own life, have made their way into his fiction over the years, and the dedicated Jenkins reader will be delighted to discover these serendipities as they read this book. I'm sure that some more critical readers, encountering the real-life incidents in this memoir that have been reflected in Jenkins' fiction will lambast him for the roman-a-clef qualities of his novels, but personally, I delighted in discovering these matchups between real life and fiction.
The bottom line is that anyone who is a fan of sportswriting, especially where it pertains to golf from the days of Hogan, Nelson, and Snead to the present, is doing themselves a disservice if they don't read "His Ownself: A Memoir". Over the years, Dan Jenkins saw it all, knew them all - and wrote about it all, in the kind of brash, sometimes cynical, sometimes playful - but always insightful - prose that is a rare commodity in these tip-toeing days of million-dollar tournament paychecks and big-buck corporate sponsorship. No sports fan's library is complete without this book.
I didn't give Jenkins' a higher rating because, frankly, I got a bit tired of the name dropping and references to his luxury travels. I really wanted to know more about what it took to get inside the minds of famous golfers and football stars. Regardless, this is a fun read for anyone who has followed Jenkins' career and enjoyed his best selling books.
If the typesetters aren't careful, Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers may leap right out of this sentence, and like the hummingbird he is, go flitting through the ads, photographs, along the margins of the pages, in and out of other stories, and out the back cover if that's what it takes to beat somebody. For three seasons, Rodgers has been the super gnat of college football and -- well, there he goes again, darting from the Contents page into the kidneys of the Colorado Buffaloes on another surreal punt return.
That's Dan Jenkins his ownself right there....