World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's first-volume autobiography Ronnie was a major best seller, acclaimed for its candour and insight into the life of a top sports star. In his second book, Ronnie reflects on how much of his life has been running away or running towards (often inadvisable) things.
Running is my drug. To be honest, drugs (and alcohol) used to be my drug, but now I've got the healthiest addiction going. Running is what has helped me fight my demons, win five world snooker championships, and cope with all the crap life's thrown at me.
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and in this book I look at everything that hasn't killed me, but has had a good go - my addictive personality, depression, my dad's murder conviction, the painful break-up with the mother of my children, the difficulty of balancing family life with that of a sportsman.
Those are the downers. But it's also about the great things in my life - my kids, snooker, my dad's release from prison, great mates who have helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who has taught me how not to run away from life when it gets tricky.
For the first time, I explain some of my madder moments - why I walked out in the middle of a match against Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a wet cloth over my face in a match against Mark King. This is a book about what it takes to be a champion - the sacrifices you have to make, the obsessive practice, the selfishness. Finally, it's a book about what it's like to get the buzz; and I hope anybody who's ever got the running buzz will relate to this.
Since turning professional in 1992, Ronnie O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the Embassy World Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson & Hedges Masters, and the British Open. In May 2012 he won the World Championship and announced his retirement. He then returned in May 2013, having not played for a year, to win the World Championship for a fifth time.
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As a snooker lover myself when i saw that the Rocket Ronnie O'sullivan had his new book out i couldn't wait for the book to become available in audio. I pre ordered the book listened to it in within 2 days. I have followed Ronnie over the years watching him in the snooker tournement. Been to see him live at the masters 4 times when he was in the final.
Was very interesting to hear about his eairly playing days before he turned pro and how he got into the game of snooker.
Ronnie talking about his child hood and when his father was inside and how that made him continue to play the game of snooker.
very good and was able to understand and take in the book.
Great book and now looking for other autobiographys.
gripped from start to finish.. found it hard to put down.. had to hear what came next. enjoyed the explanation of Ronnie's bazaar behaviour. Even someone who is not a fan of snooker would find this interesting, as many people have felt the things that Ronnie describes, just keep it to themselves. this book has helped me see a few things differently.
A very enjoyable and engaging listen into snooker's most formidable talents. The autobiography goes through Ronnie's mindset and his addictive personality, which makes him a massive success at anything he commits his mind to, but that personality comes at a price!
The story was well read by David John, but I felt the Essex accent was a little too heavy at times.
I suppose the clue is in the title. I am a snooker fan not an athlete. Wanted to hear more about Ronnie's life in snooker and less about how many reps in a minute.
This is quite a good summary of Ronnies life and that is all it is, a summary, to much about his court case for access to his children and not enough about the real Ronnie. its is compulsive read though.
This is not a book specific to snooker, it deals with many facets of life and an interesting insight into addiction of various kinds.
I think that this is similar to many of the cycling related books/bios that I have listed to such as Wiggins: My Time and also The Happiness of Pursuit by Davis Phinney (deals with great adversity).
Running, wear good quality runners to protect your hips.
Well worth a listen, no love of snooker required at all.
Father, Husband, Teacher. I have a house in the north of England, I enjoy travel, sport and making things. I teach design technology
This is a good listen, well written by Ronnie reflecting on his battle with life's pressures and the benefits of running through and away from it. Certainly lessons in life for us all. He is a great talent who seems to have found the way to manage life much better without letting depression take over. I enjoyed it because I have recently had an illness which was brought on by stress and lack of self control. I appreciate any advice to quite simply change lifestyle to enjoy sport and accept that you are captain of your own world. Refreshing twist on an autobiography, without too much on the snooker. I love the game and enjoy it on tv, I even go and watch it in Preston but this book just gives enough on the snooker in a way that comes from a man who is always self evaluating and battling the inner demons. Thanks for writing it Ronnie.
The up's and down's of a snooker legend. Bouncing back from what was expected to be a retirement.
His commentary is fast paced and engaging. Good to listen to.
in it for the long run
Avid listener of books. All sorts
This book must be for die hard snooker fans who are short if audiobook options for this sport.
Yes. This guy is supposed to be THE personality of the sport yet winges and winges about how hard done by he is. Wingeing should of been the tittle.
I think anyone would struggle with this material
The constant talking about his average armature running career. Not one person would buy this book to hear him talk more about running than snooker.
Snooker is a highly skilled sport played by mostly dry boring personalities from what I gather. Ronnie is sold as the man, the enigma and rock and roll star of the sport. You hear it across the tv and radio all the time. Sports I am not interested in can still be fascinating and I believe snooker is waiting for that book. This is just the rambling a of a insecure former junkie that likes to go running. (Not jogging which aparently makes all the difference) one to avoid in my opinion. Everyone has a mate who is always complaining. Instead if listening to this just go see that mate but like
Most people do just avoid that mate and this book.
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