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Summary

The official audiobook based on the acclaimed football podcast Behind Closed Doors.

Behind Closed Doors by Gary Lineker and Danny Baker is a rollicking inside guide to football that shares never-before-told dressing room tales and behind-the-scenes stories from Gary and Danny’s time in football and broadcasting.

Full of new and exclusive stories from Gary and Danny that have never appeared on the podcast - or anywhere - before, Behind Closed Doors is full of the intimate details of life in and around the game we all love. Gary abandons his usual role as chief interrogator on Match of the Day and instead joins Danny in an insightful, irreverent romp through life in English football.

©2019 Gary Lineker, Danny Baker (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Absolute legends

Full disclosure: I'm not a massive footie fan. I can just about hold my own in a casual conversation on the subject. Thankfully, as you will know if you have listened to the Behind Closed Doors podcast, Lineker and Baker are both knowledgeable and entertaining without ever getting into the nerdy side of the sport. It's all about the quirky side of the game. I'm sure even a non-football fan would enjoy this audiobook, although it's fair to say some appreciation of the beautiful game will enhance your listening pleasure. As you'd expect from two of our best known broadcasters, the delivery is exceptional as they take it in turns to read chapters, starting with their childhood introductions to football right up to the current day.

Summary: it's like the podcast, but better organised and more fleshed out and, well, it's just basically better all round really.

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Love Gary & Danny.

No interest in watching football whatsoever, just love listening to these two talk about it.

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A great idea to hear from both the footballer & fan.

A good mixture of serious & funny stories. Listen for free to the behind closed doors podcasts first, to find out if it would be something for you...

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Baker & Linaker are top drawer.

What a fantastic book! I very much hope they think about doing a second one.

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Stop me if you've heard this before.....

"Full of new and exclusive stories from Gary and Danny that have never appeared on the podcast "

And that, right there folks, is where we get our promise of new lands to explore....but it's a false promise.

Literally, took me until chapter 12 to hear something that wasn't a refined or extended tale from a podcast.

The stories are all quality, don't get me wrong, but to bill this as "full of new and exclusive" material surely implies that there is no other room for stuff that we already heard on the podcast when, in fact, that is what the majority of the book is. It is just plain misleading.

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Super Smashing Great

What a cracker of a book.
2 men with insight into football that stretches over many years and many different view points.
Well written and well read.

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Great Reminiscents

I can't get enough of Danny Baker. His writing and reading of those words is lyrical and funny. I'm not sure if he wrote the Gary Lineker passages, but they were just as good and well recounted. This was a great book for those like me, who want wit and humourous anecdotes on a gentler scale than the all out assault on your ears of some biographies.

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Excellent

My first Audiobook and what great choice it was. Im now hooked and ready for my next listen.

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What an absolute gem!

The audiobook is as entertaining as it is informative. The juxtaposition experiences of Danny Baker and Gary Lineker may be a world a part but their love of football certainly has it's parallels.
An absolute must for any football fan.

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some funny bits but lots of old stories retold

I love Danny baker and his work, and I really enjoyed this podcast when it was in do I looked forward to this book. Sadly there is not a lot of new material in here and although it's nice to hear some of the old stories again, it does seem a bit of a let down when you are expecting something new.