Fans of The King will soon be able to read his collection of favorite stories in his forthcoming book, A Life Well Played: My Stories. For those who choose the audiobook version, a special surprise is in store: Arnold Palmer’s voice reading the introduction of the memoir.
Palmer, who passed away at the age of 87 on September 25, 2016, pre-recorded the piece for the audiobook, to be released the same day as the hardcopy on October 11. The book looks back on his career, his business successes, his many relationships, and offers advice and guidance to golfers and non-golfers alike.
The Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner reads the rest of the audiobook.
“This book is Mr. Palmer’s gift to the world — sadly, his final gift to us — a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers will celebrate and cherish as we reflect on the memory and impact of this icon,” publishers St. Martin’s Press stated in a release. “His was truly an inspiring life well played.”
“Though I have written a number of books in the past, this one was particularly important to me, because, as I delved into the process, I realized just how much I still had to say to my friends in golf and to fans of the game in general,” Palmer was quoted as saying in the statement.
It’s a haunting, yet poignant, thing to hear with the timing of his passing. Take a listen for yourself here.
A Life Well Played: My Stories goes on sale October 11, and is available in hardcopy ($22.99), e-book ($10.99), audiobook ($17.99) and CD ($29.99).