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A Life Without Limits

Narrated by: Imogen Church
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The amazing life story of Britain's world conquering triathlete, Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year' and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won nine Ironman titles from nine races. Her World Record setting race time of 8:19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010 slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. Chrissie has displayed unprecedented levels of stamina, strength and competitiveness in becoming Ironman World Champion in only her second event at Ironman level. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 - five minutes ahead of her nearest rival - was described as the 'biggest upset in Ironman history' and 'a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships'. She defended her World title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009 and won back her title in 2011 after having to withdraw from the 2010 race due to illness.

This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl - a 'sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene' - became a world champion. Chrissie Wellington is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon, and she remains undefeated over the Ironman distance.

©2012 Chrissie Wellington, Michael Aylwin (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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"What emerges from this book is the portrait of a thoroughly nice woman. Her exceptional qualities have led her to achievements that her readers can scarcely imagine. But she still remains touchingly connected to that ordinary girl from Norfolk. It s a winning combination.” Jane Shilling, ( The Daily Mail)
“What amazes me about Chrissie Wellington is not that she wins, but by how much [...] Like Usain Bolt, Wellington has burst on to the scene and destroyed the opposition. Those within athletics said that Bolt was coming but Wellington came from nowhere and wins by a relatively greater margin.” James Cracknell

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Inspirational!

I've listened to more than just a few audiobooks, but this one tops the list! Listening to Chrissie Wellington's journey through Triathlon and Iron man, pushing herself to her limit and beyond was an absolute joy. She is more than just your average sporting hero, she is a true Champion. You can apply her mind set to not only your sporting endeavours, but to your everyday life. I run about 3 times a week probably averaging about 20 miles, but listening to this book, makes me push that little bit harder every time. I would recommend this book anyone and everyone. Truly inspirational!!

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An inspiring listen

What did you like most about A Life Without Limits?

Firstly, I really liked Imogen Church's reading and will keep an eye out for other audiobooks narrated by her.

I really enjoyed this audiobook and found it quite inspiring. I had never heard of Chrissie before listening to this book, as the world of sport and athletics has never interested me much. I think that is partly because the readily accessible sport coverage, for me, was predominantly masculine and normally accompanied by macho talk and disparaging comments from fellow [male] spectators when I pondered how nice it would be to see coverage of women's sports. I tuned out long before women's sports became more accessible and thus I missed out.

Chrissie's story though inspired me to search out coverage, not just of women, but also of these endurance sports. I had no idea what an Iron Man entailed and am blown away that so many people have undertaken such an amazing journey. The book highlighted for me how such events are not about pure physical ability, but really all about one's mind.

I found the tone of this audiobook to be inviting and quite personal in places. Her observations on development were not just interesting, but they struck a chord with me.

But perhaps most shockingly of all, the book pushed me towards putting on some trainers and going for a run, albeit a very short one.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

P.S I totally support the petition for professional women in Tour de France which Chrissie endorses

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings some accents but also emotion through her narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments that moved me, especially some of the race descriptions with the Iron Man during which Chrissie was crook being one of the most memorable.

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Ironwoman!

I knew what an Ironman distance triathlon was and that Chrissie Wellington was an undefeated world champion before I started listening to this book, but how much of a real life champion she is was a joy to listen to. What she endured through training and races were amazing feats, but the thing, to me, that proves her champion status beyond a doubt is that after (winning) every Ironman distance event she entered she would remain on the finish line till the cut off time to welcome home all of the age group athletes. I supported my sister and brother in law at their 1st Ironman and volunteered in the finishing enclosure until they finished, so I know first hand what an awe inspiring experience welcoming the athletes home can be, but I had to go for a nap while my people were out on their bike because it was such a long day. To complete the race and then be able to hang around at the finish, for another 8 hours approximately, to see everyone else home is almost beyond my comprehension. It's no wonder Chrissie is a successful motivational speaker.

I really enjoyed Imogen Church's narration of the book, tho in my head that's now what Chrissie sounds like.

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Excellent book

Really enjoyed this book, the sheer dedication and tenacity was very inspiring. I might not match up to the requirements of a triathlon but everyone has their own battles.

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not a great memoir.

would have prefered more in sporting achievements and less bout how wonderful the rest of her life is. im afraid i lost interest after chapter 6

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Remarkable story

Being a novice to triathlon I had no idea of Christie’s achievements, but what a remarkable story, and fantastically written and delivered.

Always been one to chop and change between books (both paper and audible), but this one kept my sole focus throughout. Not enjoyed an audio book so much before.

Truly inspiring!

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Fantastic read not just for triathletes

Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable. Great insight into a real sporting hero. Loved every chapter.

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fantastic

Loved this book, any champion should take a leaf out of Chrissies book, she is an inspiration.



Great story, the narrator really puts the emotion into the tale and you feel every word.

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Totally inspiring.

Probably one of the best narrated books I've listened to in a long, long time. Imogen Church puts real feeling into it.



More than once I sat in the car at the end of a journey because I couldn't bear to switch off. A truly inspiring and often funny life story. I can't wait to see what Chrissie does with the rest of her life.

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Lived up to my expectations

A great read, an opportunity to understand the hard work, continual effort and resilience needed to be a world class athlete. To listen to the journey and experiences both good and bad. This book became my saviour during lockdown and inspired me to do better, be stronger and never give up!!! Go girl 🙋‍♀️

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  • Terry B.
  • 16-06-16

I just can't take it anymore!!

I just can't take it anymore!! I tried and tried but it is so drug out at the beginning with thanks to everybody she has ever met in her entire life from birth but then goes into me me me me and how bad I used to be but how great I am now. I got a few chapters in and had to quit. I listened to other documentaries from Chris froome, Bradley Wiggins and Sean Yates and they were good but this was too much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-16

Great inspiration for Athletes

Start was little slow but it picked up the pace after certain period when she started her training with Bret. Explanation of the feelings is amazing. I loved the explanation of races.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-19

Best triathlon book ever

I actually listened to this book twice , I just couldn’t get enough of Chrissie’s story . She is one tough girl . She doesn’t whine or bitch or complain , she go outs and does her thing ! I love they fact that she absolutely fell in love with the sport , and makes one fall I love with it to ! I couldn’t believe her hectic training schedule, no wonder the woman is a superpower! I would recommend this book to anyone who have any doubts about their ability to complete any sporting event , gosh Chrissie most often raced with borrowed equipment ! Awesomeness .

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  • Kris Martenstyn
  • 03-08-19

Painful to listen

Made the mistake of downloading the this for long runs. Unremarkable would be a compliment and nothing to take home 🤷‍♂️

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  • Anirudh Pandya
  • 08-01-19

Awe-spiring

I was always a fan of chrissie for her sporting accomplishments this book gave me to become a fan of her lifetime accomplishments.

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  • jIM kEFFER
  • 05-10-18

somewhere beyond amazing

to call Chrissie Wellington inspiring would be a disservice. as someone has done an Ironman, I am beyond amazed at the performances she put together even when she was injured. she's clearly A Gifted athlete but her mental toughness is what's most impressive. thanks for writing the book Chrissie

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  • Jenny Choe
  • 19-09-16

Absolutely amazing and inspiring without false humility!

I felt as if I was part of her journey and got an insight into the kind of dedication it takes to be the best. A quest not to be better than others but to triumph over the nay sayer within one self. We all have set backs in life. No one in life is immune. This is a story of grit overcoming fear and doubt.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 27-02-16

Amazing.

This book was absolutely incredible. It is inspiring and thought provoking. It will make you think differently about your life and how you involve yourself with different parts of your life. It will challenge you to question your effort in different parts of your life. Most of all, it will encourage you to look more closely about those things and aspects in your life that you spend your time thinking about most.

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  • Denise Hicks
  • 29-07-15

I loved it!

Insightful and inspiring, particularly for those who are athletes or even just a regular people trying to find their way through life's unknown journey. I could read it again and enjoy it just as much as the first time.

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  • Nikunj Atrey
  • 14-04-15

Inspirational, educational and entertaining!

Chrissie Wellington's story is a great inspiration for anyone that has ever wondered 'if' they were capable of doing something.
It is extremely rare for a successful athlete to start in their sport at the ripe old age of 30 and even more remarkable if you then go on to absolutely dominate it. That's exactly what she has done and her name should be right up there with the greatest sports superstars of the last century...the Michael Jordan, Pele, Maradona, Messi league of greats.
In the typical self deprecating way only a Brit can, she describes how becoming a world champion wasn't something she was 'born' to do but rather a culmination of fortunate occurrences and opportunities that led her to the sport...what happened after she fell into triathlon was down to her working her arse off and making the most of her tremendous physical gifts. Great story of a great champion