Bodo delves into the darkest and most controversial areas of the game, chroniciling the follies of overzealous parents and pampered athletes. He fearlessly wades into sensitive issues stemming from sex and gender, politics and commercialism. He celebrates the game while holding it to task, all the while acknowledging the reality of the demands and distortions that come with a way of life that is both difficult but glamorous, and eagerly embraced by athletes who, in some cases, are no older than 14.
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By niall blehein on 07-04-15
Shocked at how bad the narrator is
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Welland Scripps?
Anyone else could have read this better. He cant pronounce any tennis players names. These are legends of the game - who for the most part are still alive. There are MANY examples of how to pronounce these names in the public forum but the narrator gets EVERYTHING WRONG - REALLY BADLY. Its clear the narrator knows nothing at all about tennis, and doesn't care to.
By Joel on 31-08-13
Started strongly and then fell apart
What disappointed you about The Courts of Babylon?
The first two chapters of the book were great. After that it became clear that the authors views on various tennis players were based purely on his own conservative values.
If a player expressed left wing views they were a 'loony', yet a player who expressed right wing views was 'misjudged'. Female players were 'goaded into homosexuality by lack of moral fibre on the tour'. And he seems to feel that players cannot succeed without a belief in god.
What could Peter Bodo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Kept his personal politics and judgements out of otherwise interesting anecdotes.
Have you listened to any of Welland Scripps’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first one. He is a fine narrator.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Some nice anecdotes. It didn't hurt, as an Australian, that the author gave Pat Cash a lot of credit, particularly for his Davis Cup performances. Beyond that this book was a struggle.