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Behind Closed Doors

Narrated by: Gary Lineker, Danny Baker
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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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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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.

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Made me laugh out loud

Two very different styles of storytelling that complement one another. Worth getting just for the Gazza story involving Tigers and a horse's head, wonderfully recounted by Danny Baker.

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Nice listen

Enjoyed the listen! Love the history of Gary’s past but felt didn’t need some of Danny’s stories in there other than that great purchase

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Funny and Insightful

I feel it is important to open with a statement. I haven't listened to the podcast this book was born from. There I've said it. It isn't much of a revelation, I generally don't listen to podcasts anyway. Not out of any dislike for them - there's one or two that I dip into every now and again but I have all but given up hope of ever catching up with them. What does this all mean for the review? Well one thing really, at the start of the book it is revealed that some information is new to the book, while some are stories they have discussed previously in the podcast. So by not listening to the podcast EVERYTHING was new. I like that. I find that recently every time I am reading a memoir or non-fiction book that I choose to listen on audio, especially when the narration is done by the author. Here the audiobook is narrated by both Gary and Danny in (mostly) alternating chapters, and I think it probably added a lot to the story.  Over the course of  almost 8 hours Gary and Danny regale us with tales of football as a player and as a fan.  Gary brings us some of the highlights from his career, including "poogate" (is that a highlight or a lowlight I wonder?). During the course of a career which included stints at various clubs in the UK as well as with Barcelona in Spain and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, Gary earned a number of honours, but unfortunately not the league or World Cup. He is one of very few players to have never received a single red or yellow card in his career - earning him a reputation of Mr. Nice Guy, although through the course of the book we learn one or two things that he might not get away with these days. Once we get beyond his playing days he also talks about how he became a pundit, and later a TV presenter. These sections are somehow more interesting to me, perhaps because I remember very little of Gary's playing career, he moved to Japan when I was 7 and retired two years later, so he wasn't exactly around when I was paying attention to the game. I found the sections with Gary very interesting, but also incredibly funny. He certainly knows how to laugh at himself, but also has one or two jokes at the expense of former colleagues.   For me though the real gems come from Danny. He tells stories from the viewpoint of a true football fan. It is clear to see that he has a great love of the game. He speaks quite often about his beloved MIllwall, and how he came to support them, and I listened with a certain jealousy. To have such strong ties to a team from birth seems amazing to me. As mentioned, I think his sections are the best part of the book, and he had me in tears of laughter at various points. I especially enjoyed his tale of hitching to Italia 90 and his other work during the world cups - although I can't agree with his opinion on Vuvuzelas.  All in all, I loved this book. Of course, my opinion is largely skewed by my love of football, so I'm not sure how much there is here for you if you don't like the sport. I definitely recommend it to other fans though.