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    To Fast Eddie Felsen, a young pool hustler, there was only one thing that mattered: to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool by beating the best in the country.

    Hustling suckers in small towns for good stake money was practice for his goal, and when he felt ready he went to Bennington's pool hall in Chicago to find Minnesota Fats. Eddie and Fats pit nerve against skill in a fantastic match over an unbroken 36 hours. Eddie's final painful loss teaches him that nerve alone isn't enough - guts, stamina, and character make the difference between winners and losers.

    It takes an interlude with Sarah, an alcoholic and a born loser, to bring the lesson home, and the shrewd advice and backing of Bert, a professional gambler, to put it into practice. Bert knows talent without character is nothing and stakes Eddie to a climactic all-or-nothing rematch. When it is over, Eddie knows a great deal more about big-time pool, about money, and about himself. In beating Fats he became the best in the country.

    ©2014 Walter Tevis (P)2016 Tantor

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    • Darryl
    • 01/07/2016

    Love Tevis in general

    Though this "format" of brash youngster going against the King/establishment has become a bit cliche in structure (see all Tom Cruise movies where he plays same character repeatedly) I still enjoyed this early Tevis. It is a classic and though it is rather linear and stripped down it works. There are a few surprises still. Tevis knew what he was doing and gets better in next novels. There are hints of more mythic elements in this with the lame girl and limping janitor hinting at some wasteland motif, but he doesn't dwell on or develop this until his more poetically and symbolically written Man Who Fell to Earth and Mockingbird. And the film of this, classic as it is and well done, changes some things, one of which I can understand whether i liked it or not, and the other which I think detracts from one of his main themes at the end. You don't need to know pool to enjoy it and I was unfamiliar with a few items, but it is still well written and drew me to research a couple things. There are a few great videos on youtube with Willie Mosconi who I believe was a consultant on the film, and Minnesota Fats who was not real, but claim-jumped and moniker taken by New York Fats I believe. In either case good novel.

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    • Simon
    • 31/10/2017

    it was a good book. I liked the story and the deta

    It was a good book. I liked the story and the detail that they put in

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    • Timothy Majors
    • 20/12/2016

    better than the movie

    never will you find a more direct route into the soul of a pool player than by listening to the hustler.

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    • Charles Garcia
    • 11/03/2020

    Good as the movie!

    I have watched the movie many times and when I saw this on audible couldn't wait to listen. I enjoyed it as much as I did the movie. Will now listen to "The Color of Money" Cant wait.

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    • Michael Todd Clevenger
    • 12/11/2018

    A step back in time. A great story.

    I really liked this book. It was far better than the film as most books are. A simpler time, when people aren't glued to their mobile electronic phones.

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    • Mckenzie
    • 31/07/2017

    Pool life

    It was a good easy listen, not to much fat in the story! Some great points!

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    • G. Spear
    • 11/07/2021

    story well done

    great writing, not what I expected, surprise ending. I'm guessing better than the movie would be

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    • James Lawless
    • 28/06/2021

    Amazingly, even better than the movie.

    Have watched the movie at least a half dozen times. Always loved it. Listening to the audiobook made me fall in love with the story all over again. The book storyline is much better than the movie's.

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    • Gerald Davis
    • 04/12/2020

    Now the movie

    I have never watched the movie with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason but I'm very interested now after listening to the book. The performance of the narrator was excellent, thought his voice was a great choice for the era, gruff and raspy.

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    • Jeff Weddle
    • 30/11/2020

    A masterful reading of an American classic

    Walter Tevis’ masterpiece is given its due in this riveting reading. Fast Eddie Felson is a quintessential American character, a little bit dumb, a little bit brilliant, and always on the make, searching almost unaware for a heaven that’s only a few long shots away from being real.

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    • Niklas K.
    • 01/05/2020

    Interesting

    It's a nice story around the core message that success and winning in life are build around character and mindset. Makes you think some important thoughts and is entertaining throughout the book. It questions assumptions and has this theme of search for a universal purpose of life while slowly revealing that there seems to be guidance, but no ultimate answer

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