A wonderful collection of hilarious cricket stories and anecdotes from the one and only 'Tuffers'. Phil Tufnell, aka 'Tuffers', is the much-loved English cricketer who has now become one of the country's favourite broadcasters. Not cast from the same mould as other players of his generation, Tufnell has become a cult figure for his unorthodox approach to the game ... and to life in general.
Tuffers' Cricket Tales is a deliciously eccentric collection of the great man's favourite cricket stories that will amuse and inform in equal measure. Tufnell's unmistakeably distinctive voice, as heard to such good effect on Test Match Special, steers fans through dozens and dozens of terrifically entertaining and insightful anecdotes, garnered from his 25-year playing and broadcasting career. Tuffers' Cricket Tales introduces a cast of genuinely colourful characters found in dressing-rooms and commentary boxes from around the world, and in the process, offers a uniquely warm and quirky homage to the sport.
©2012 Phil Tufnell (P)2012 Headline Digital
I was constantly surprised at the candour and humour of this audiobook. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Thanks Phil, long may you continue!!!
One of the best cricketing autobiographies I've listen too, this is definately tuffers at his very honest and best. But be warned there is blue side to this audiobook which is full of beeps and you do not have to be educated to realise what was beeped. Being a player in local leagues I fully understand the use of this colourful language. This book goes from his early days right the way through to Jan 2012, including his cricketing career, in the jungle, dancing, question of sport and of course Test Match Special. Told as only Tuffers can with plenty of humour, honesty and a few choice words.
The man himself, Phil Tufnell narrates this book. Originally that was part of the appeal as to why I chose it, thinking he would be wit and charm, but it hasn't worked out that way. In fact, I found it hard to listen to.
Also, he intentionally bleeps outs words he thinks the listener will be offended by - which ends up sounding a bit daft. Never come across an audio book which bleeps out words. Maybe its done for comic effect, but its just annoying.
Excellent listen. All the better for being read by the author, who, it turns out, is just the sort of bloke you always thought he was. VERY funny in parts and warmingly honest. No frills, Tuffers tells it as it is and I like him all the more for it.
The cricket tour tales were my favourite parts. And I really feel for the author with regard to the reviews system - his stats would have been phenominal!
On the basis on this book, I would love to meet the guy. What more do you want from an autobiography?
Was not sure about this book but what a joy had laughs and sadness but all about tuffers recommend
Dont get me wrong, i like tuffers a lot, i also like cricket, i also like a few beers with the lads a good story.
Tuffers delivers this once, twice, three times etc etc. i was bored after a few hours
Whether you are a cricket addict or not this book is really entertaining. Classic Phil Tufnell. If you ever watch 'A question of sport' you'll know what I mean. Just be careful as you'll get funny looks when you laugh out loud in public.
When he was preparing to bowl and couldn't remember which foot to start off on. He said he looked as if he was doing Riverdance! That's a laugh out loud moment.
Phil Tufnell as Phil Tufnell is magic.
Wanted to but had to take two bites at it.
This book has convinced my husband to use Audible too. If he uses too many of my credits he'll have to get his own account!!
Funny book, not to serious with tuffers sense of humour and honest accounts of his own unique approach to cricket. Great no stress listen for cricket lovers :P Thanks to the Cat
How funny is Phil Tufnell? Now I knew he was a character and funny bloke'ish type of individual and this does not disappoint you. Told with honesty and clarity he takes you through his early years, right the way to where he is now with great humour and fun, it bounces along, telling you just how it was, no punches held back....straight from the heart. You cannot help but like this cheeky chappie...a total delight.
As you would expect from a man like Tuffers, this is pretty entertaining stuff, as long as you keep your expectations low. The cricketing stories are pretty repetitive, either along the lines of "I got drunk and turned up late to the match" or " I lost my temper and called the umpire / coach / fellow player / Mike Gatting an idiot". Despite the self-effacing "what was I like?" attitude, he comes across as a difficult character with a chip on his shoulder, something which the mature Tuffers freely admits. Despite the occasional insight, I'd prefer something a bit more analytical and less repetitive. A proper biography, probably.
The later, showbiz stories are a bit dull.
As for the man's performance, his hesitant, slightly wooden reading is offset by this occasional hilarious accents, especially his ripe, entertaining South African. Oh, and the bleeping of the swear words is a total insult. The book loses a point - from 4 stars to 3 - just for that.
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