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Watching the Wheels Audiobook

Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.

Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his teammate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. Hill was faced with swirling emotions in light of the death of Senna, which was a defining moment for his generation of drivers, and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.

Courageously honest and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face of or near certain death.

©2016 Damon Hill (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    C. Wicks England 01/12/2016
    C. Wicks England 01/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A Champion and a Gentleman"

    As a fan of Damon's back in the glory days of F1 it was humbling to be allowed to enjoy such a frank honest appraisal of his time in F1. It was fascinating to learn of his struggles in formula 1 within the context of the mental challenges he has been put through. From the years leading up to his father's tragic accident right the way through to his tough (and from the outside, confusing) final year at Jordan, this book is fascinating for its motoring and human insights.

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    Coffeeholic 29/11/2016
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    "Amazing - beyond my expectations"

    OK, I wouldn't normally read books about people. Books for me are fiction; escaping from reality. However, this book changed my view. The honesty, and intelligence with which it is written is extraordinary. I have. Nothing to say, but please read this!!! (What let's it down however, is the messy editing of the recording; leaving the middle part of the book confusing due to studio error I imagine; as an X broadcaster myself. I'm sure you will never read this Damon, but thank you!

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    rob 24/11/2016
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    "great listen "

    Very good insight to Damons life.
    the tears laughter and cheers for are F1 Champion.
    only problem about chapter 20 Narrator ends the book ....

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    "Brilliant!"

    A really interesting and inspiring insight into Damons life experiences, mind and the world of Formula One. After reading this I respect his achievements even more, a true champion! Damon, thank you for sharing.

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    Mr. Christopher Draper Wiltshire 02/11/2016
    Mr. Christopher Draper Wiltshire 02/11/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "URGENT EDITING REQUIRED"

    This is a brilliant book.

    However 3 hours and 33 minutes left it is interrupted by several retakes of audio. The narrator says sorry a few times before re reading sections. PLEASE look at this before too many people download this book.

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    "Very good"

    Bit slow to start with but I was thoroughly enjoying it by the end. :)

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    rory 11/05/2017
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    "A great autobiography"
    What did you like most about Watching the Wheels?

    It resonated with my own life, Hill is very honest and down to earth while racing round the world. He worked hard, faced struggles, got down, went up and then went back and dug deeper into his life. Gives me hope:)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 1995/96 seasons were interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Panting’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but his voice was similar to Damon's, nice and even tone, some good improvs.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes both:)


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    Christopher Horton 10/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    Fascinating insight behind the scenes of Damon's career, highly recommended. A must for Formula One fans

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    "if you like f1 you will love this."

    an incredible insight to one of my favourite drivers. Hill's early life growing up with the famous Graham Hill as his father was fascinating.

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    adam 12/04/2017
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    "Great insight, dodgy production."

    A great insight into the upbringing and maturing of Damon through the years we knew him and the ones we didn't.

    Frustratingly a little let down at times with the poor editing and production meaning that half a chapter it seems is inserted randomly in another dialogue completely irrelevantly.

    Overall very good.

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