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Summary

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Get to know England's most-loved batsman in the compelling autobiography from Alastair Cook.

Watch. The. Ball.

It's just you. Standing at the crease. Waiting. The bowler is running. His arm swinging. The ball - 155 grams of cork, string and leather - is hurled at you. At 90 mph it travels 22 yards in under half a second....

Alastair Cook, one of England's most decorated players and highest test run scorer, knows what it is like to be your best under pressure. Yet at 33 he called time on his England career.

Come with him as he relives the fraught hours on the pitch, the desperate lows and astonishing highs, the paralysing anxiety that can send the best back home and the extraordinary battle of wills with yourself, the opposing players and even those supposedly on your own side.

This is cricket as you've never seen it. The view from the inside....

©2019 Sir Alastair Cook (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Absolutely outstanding

An honest and compelling insight into the professional career of one of England's finest ever players. Alistair not only invites the listener into aspects of his personal life but balances the book perfectly with his views on test match cricket, one day and 20/20 competitions. His views on what it takes to play from a psychological standpoint, and bonds formed through his experiences are interesting and refreshing. This is not the usual book set out in a chronological way, the book flows and the narrator sounds so much like Cookie that even after finishing the book I still can't believe that its not him. The best sporting autobiography I have listened to in a long time.

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One of England's finest

I haven't finished this book yet however the honesty , warmth and insight provided by one of our greatest performers is truly brilliant and everything an autobiography should be. I honestly couldn't recommend this book enough. Top book, top pro and a true gentleman.

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Great story, poor narration

Fascinating character. A shame the narrator has no charisma and interest in cricket. Miss reads sentences and cricketing terms, calling Andy Flower Andy Fowler at points...now after trying to figure it out who he means, he's calling Mark Boucher Mark Boocher...why did someone with no interest in cricket narrate an essentially cricket autobiography? his rhythm is completely wrong on so many cricketing references!

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A Good listen

one of England's greatest cricketers in the modern era. A down to earth man and a good leader despite what Piers Morgan thinks of him

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enjoyable but not that insightful

if you are a cricket fan or an admirer of "the chef" you will love it. I enjoyed it but didn't learn much I hadn't already heard/read/seen from other sources.

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excellent honest book. very well put together

loved it from start to finish. great book in these times of isolation. certainly helps to take you to a place of normality

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Fascinating insight

A fascinating insight into the life of Alistair Cook. He was clearly exceptionally committed to English Cricket and his results are there for all to see. But he is also very thoughtful and honest about his multiple huge strengths, and also his minor weaknesses. I fully recommend the book.

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Knowledgeable Narrator??

Good stuff but why do all narrators of cricket autobiographies no nothing about cricket?

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Poor writing and dull narration

I am a fan of AC but this book is poorly written, particularly in terms of flow. Poor transitions and little variation in sentence structure combine with unimaginative narration to deliver an unpleasant listening experience. So disappointing.

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A fascinating Insight.

A really good biography from England’s opening test match batsman and a prolific run scorer. There is a fascinating insight into his state of mind as he was lining up to face his eleven years of new balls. There are stories and observations a plenty, of life behind the scenes of International test cricket. All are told in an understanding, non judgemental and balanced way. It makes for gentle, captivating, reading. If you enjoy cricket, you will love this book.