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Fantastic, hard to turn off!

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Reviewed: 21-01-15

From the beginning to the end, the book flowed really well and was an easy and very enjoyable listen. Arnold doesn't shy away from all subjects including his illegitimate child.

Only slight annoyance is that he does tend to pay himself on the back a lot but I guess he is just confident.

Well read as well.

And we think life is hard now!!

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Reviewed: 30-12-14

I love this book and this is my second read as I also own the paper version of it and enjoyed it a few years back. Jack Dempsey with Tyson and Ali are my favourite boxing characters in history and the key thing that I enjoyed about this book is that we are provided with all of the intricacies pertaining to the time period which makes this story even more enjoyable.

Its the Heavyweights!

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Reviewed: 30-12-14

I enjoyed this book, not necessarily because of the main story but the surrounding stories that link into James Braddock's life. Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Joe Louis are all present here and we hear lots of snippets and back stories which ensure that the overall presentation of the Cinderella Man is enjoyable. I love this period in time and the stories and characters that have presented themselves so I'm a little biased, but of you like boxing and this time period, then this is a must listen.

Worth a listen

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Reviewed: 30-12-14

Good detail and very interesting. I found it a little difficult to maintain interest as it was one chapter after another of similar dastardly goings on throughout history but that's more my issue than the books. Well read although long, I recommend and will at some point listen again as I think it deserves more than one read.

Not sure what went on here!

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Reviewed: 22-05-14

I listened to this but I found it difficult to follow, perhaps because I was not paying full attention. I think it was because I just didn't find it that interesting but I will listen to it again as it may be better upon the second listen.

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Interesting although a bit repetitive

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Reviewed: 22-05-14

This book was recommended by Mike Dolce who is a well known lifestyle guru. A lot of it is common sense and I enjoyed the book once I got used to the 'old'style' language that was used. Very interesting in parts but seemed to be a bit repetitive after a while although as its only 4 hours long, its not too bad! Worth a listen!

Disappointing

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Reviewed: 22-05-14

I really like Al Bernstein but I found this book very lightweight. It's read by Al so that's a plus point but I was hoping that the 30 Undeniable Truths was going to be more 'meaty' and interesting. Don't get me wrong, it is good in parts and there is a lot to keep the reader interested but I had hoped that after 30 years in the business there would have beeen a lot more. Worth a read but don't expect too much.

If you think you know Mike's story, you dont!

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Reviewed: 22-05-14

I've been a fan of Mike Tyson since 1985 through all of his trials and tribulations and I thought I knew everything about his life as it has been told so many times. I didn't! I thought this would be just another overview of his life but this story is in his own words and he touches upon lots of the events in his life we knew about but provides a personal insight that I had never heard before.

If you are a fan of Mike, this book is recommended.

Good but very political

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Reviewed: 08-02-14

I really enjoyed this book but and the reader does warn you in the beginning, it is very focused on our leaders of the time. This is the cornerstone of where the book goes and although I really enjoyed it I would have liked to hear about more about other things that went on.

The 70's I didnt understand but now do!

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Reviewed: 18-01-14

I was born in 1970 so Edward Heath, the 3 day week, Don Revie, etc were all things I had heard snippets about but not the whole picture. This book really brought to life the time period and gave me a better understanding of the countries woes. I'm not a political person but a look of the books foundation was based on the politicians of the time and how it affected the country, from the limited number of women politicians to the battle between Wilson and Heath. Also hearing from those I'm a little more familiar with like Douglas Hurd and Michael Foot was also interesting. So although I'm not a political person, this didnt take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I also liked hearing about the intricacies of Don Revie's resignation, the TV of the time and the development of our penchant for luxuries like holidays abroad which were starting to take off.

The narrator was very good and was also excellent in being able to do many impressions of the characters he spoke about including a funny Margaret Thatcher!

If you have any interest in this period or were alive and dont remember or even want to remember it, then this book is for you!

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