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Ask a Footballer

Narrated by: John Bradley
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Summary

Ever wondered what it's really like to be a Premier League footballer?

My name is James Milner and I'm not a Ribena-holic. Let me share insights into what it's like being a professional footballer, across my different experiences with Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and now Liverpool (not forgetting a six-match loan spell at Swindon). 

Plus my highs - and a few too many lows - playing for England.   

There isn't a current player who's been playing Premier League football as long as I have, and that gives me a pretty rare perspective into how the top-flight game has changed over the past 17 years.  

In this book, I explain how a footballer's working week unfolds - what we eat and how we prepare for matches technically, tactically, mentally and physically - and talk you through the ups and downs of a matchday. 

I reveal my penalty-taking techniques, halftime team talks and the differences between playing against Lionel Messi, Wilfried Zaha and Jimmy Bullard.   

I've played for managers ranging from Terry Venables, Peter Reid and Sir Bobby Robson to Martin O'Neill, Fabio Capello and Jurgen Klopp. I tell you what it's like sharing a training ground and a dressing room with team mates such as Lee Bowyer, Mario Balotelli and Mo Salah. 

I also reveal the behind-the-scenes work that went into Liverpool's Champions League success - and the celebrations that followed.  

So this isn't an autobiography. The whole point of Ask a Footballer is that you, the fans, asked me questions and I have used my own experiences to answer them. I hope you like it, and don't find it too boring.

©2019 James Milner (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"Ask a Footballer is a fine read, showcasing how an unassuming man has forged success, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the Champions League." (Matthew Syed, The Times)

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As boring as the man himself

In all fairness I have only listened to 40 minutes, but that’s enough. The reader John Bradley is poor, I would do a much better job! He stumbles slightly here and there and he sounds as bored reading it as I am listening. I downloaded this book as it had a few good reviews, shouldn’t have bothered. Listen to Peter Crouch’s book, that’s great.

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a great booked poorly read

john Bradley's stilted, disjointed delivery spoils a great book. The construction is great, the anecdotes compelling and the humour obvious. unfortunately it is very poorly read clearly in one take while the actor had other things taking priority .

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It doesn’t matter who you support, this is a book to listen to

James Milner has always been a player I have admired. He’s not played for the team I support, Arsenal, but he is one of the last true ‘old school’ players who get stuck in and give everything on the pitch without any of the dramatics we see in the modern game.
Very insightful, and an enjoyable listen.

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Good story, not sure about the narration

Narrator seemed to not use punctuation. Some sentences drawled on a bit with sentences overlapping as if full stops were ignored

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dull as dishwasher

I'm a big fan of JM but this was an endurance test.

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Brilliant!

Loved it. Great narration and in depth insight into James Milner. Well worth a listen.

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Great Listen

Great insight of behind the scenes.
Milly is a top pro.
Highly recommend this book.

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Insightful and hilarious

James is no more a fantastic footballer than he is a human being. Thoroughly enjoyed this - a great first ever audio book for me!
I highly reccomend to any football, liverpool or sports fan.

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Good idea for a book. Not as in debth as an autobiography but good nevertheless.
Poorly narrated though.

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excellent concept excellent book!

such a great concept to have James himself answering people's questions about football and footballers life gives great insight into his whole career and Highs and lows of football, great for Liverpool fans to hear little things about klopp and how Liverpool is from the inside over fantastic book really enjoyed it with glass of ribeana.