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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Built for Speed by John McGuinness, read by Joe McGann.

'Then I was there myself, just another face in the crowd, watching the bikes fly by. The smells, the noise and the speed were all there for me to experience. It was like a massive injection in my head and it just blew my mind. I knew within seconds that I was going to be a TT racer. I didn't know how or what I was going to have to do to achieve this, and my dad wasn't going to be keen. Everyone around me was aware of the dangers, but from that moment I knew I had to do it.'

John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name. But his easy humour and down-to-earth attitude off the bike have always kept people guessing: what's the truth about the man inside the helmet that has kept him at the top of such a sport for over 20 years?

His autobiography tells the whole story, from his humble beginnings in Morecambe and getting his first bike at the age of three, to working as a bricklayer and cockle fisherman before deciding to follow his dream, and finally to his many victories in the most dangerous sporting event on the planet. He tells of what it takes to be a champion in such an exacting sport and to keep winning even though all logic tells you to stop - and when so many of your fellow racers are paying the ultimate price for doing it. This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face and doesn't even flinch.

©2017 John McGuinness (P)2017 Random House AudioBooks

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quality. true living legend. and all round top man

loved hearing how he became the living legend he is today. going to listen to it again today

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if only...

This book has the makings of a great tale ,of a great racer, I'm afraid it feels a little lacking in detail often dealing with whole seasons in a couple of sentences.

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enjoyed it

good book wanted to keep reading, would recommend to anyone, I look forward to the next chapter

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Great listen! the real side of so many stories.

Honest insight into so many situations that I remember from over the years. stories I thought I knew but now know more detail about.

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fantastic read

loved this book and thought it was it was a fantastic read with a good real story from a legend of racing

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Brilliant warts and all read

Gutted when it finnished. At least I have it to listen again, as I have already done.

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Great book

A unique insight into the life of an ordinary everyday bloke that has a very extraordinary talent and job.

Written in layman’s terms like he’s telling his story in a pub money and fame has not changed him one bit.

If you’ve read/listened to any of Guy Martin’s books this is very similar but from a guy who’s dominated the TT for years.

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great book

loved the book, one of the best TT rider's of all time can't wait to see him on the Norton

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great story well read<br />

love this book big fan now even more ,I couldn't stop listening wiped out in two days

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If you love motorbikes and the tt it's right up

your street .been getting some funny looks around the pool on my holiday laughing to this book what a legend the man is