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©2005 Richie Benaud; (P)2006 W. F. Howes Ltd.
"A richly humourous celebration of the game." (Guardian)
Richie Benaud is a great, great man and is known for two key attributes in the world of cricket. The first is that he has a wonderfully rich voice that conveys the nuances of the better than any one else and the second is that he is an Australian. So why on earth is this book voiced by someone else? and not just any old someone else but an English someone else.
Really disappointed. The book is still a really detailed and well thought out philosophies on the game but it looses so much because it is not done in Richie's tones. It sounds ridiculous to hear an Englishman recount his pride at captaining Australia. I have no issue at all with other books being narrated by people other than the author, except when the author is known for 'narrating' the story of just about every test match I ever watched up until his retirement.
Unfortunately I had never realised how uninteresting previous exposures to this great man have been. He is still a legend but it was very difficult to get through to the end.
Once I got into this, the book started to grow on me, though I too regretted the lack of an Australian narrator. Benaud tends to ramble a bit and to re-visit topics and characters, so perhaps a firmer editorial hand would have been useful. In the end I wasn’t certain exactly what the aim of the book had been. It’s not chronological in any respect. Nor is it noticeably thematic. More a collected set of musings with cricket being its common theme.
"Great Man, Great Story, Poor Narration"
The story of Richie up until 2005 is a great one but this book needs to be re-narrated. To have a person who is not Australian was a terrible decision for one reason; the narrator could not pronounce Australian place names correctly.
It is also obvious that the narrator is not a true fan of cricket because there were a few cricketers names mis-pronounced.
It absolutely ruined the experience for me.
"Richie Benaud: My Spin on Cricket"
I found this a very disappointing audio book. I was expecting insights into Richies life and times with cricketers over some of the most exciting decades of test cricket and got a badly put together hodge podge of alot of statistics and apparently randomly chosen events.There was no apparent structure or logic unless. Also his voice is so distinctive it is a pity he did not narrate this himself. I soldiered on for an hour or so on Part 1 and gave up. Didn't even listen to Part Two. A real shame as Richie is an insightful and talented commentator and fine cricketer but this didn't translate into this book in my opinion
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