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Summary

The breakout star of Discovery's hit automotive restoration show Fast N' Loud takes listeners on an entertaining ride through his wild life and behind the scenes of his hit show in this memoir and automotive handbook, revving with outrageous details and jaw-dropping stories, and injected with the quick-witted, foul-mouthed charm viewers love.

"If we're gonna have fun, it better have a motor!"

In Fast N' Loud, Richard Rawlings pushes into high gear, sharing the story of his rise to success, his show, and the automotive know-how that has made him famous. He begins with his own story - how he went from flat broke to a seat at the table with some of history's most iconic car guys. His road to the top is full of dangerous twists and hilarious turns, with a few precipitous cliffs in between, including getting shot defending his beloved 1965 Mustang fastback from carjackers, blowing out of town Fear-and-Loathing style, and picking up chicks and vagrants along the way.

Rawlings then takes listeners behind the scenes of Fast N' Loud, the series, sharing details on everything from the toughest car to restore to the easiest, his favorite restorations, travel and war anecdotes, and the best and worst cars to make it to the small screen. He finishes with a handy guide for classic and antique car enthusiasts that includes insider tricks of the trade. Want to know how to find a Model-T in mint condition? Need a carburetor for your '73 Ford Mustang? Want to meet other '60s Porsche owners? The answers are all here.

©2015 Richard Rawlings (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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It does quite know what to be...

The book starts as a biography, but jumps through this quickly into describing episodes of TV, the characters and how to buy cars! This is a real shame because though I enjoy the show and would have preferred an actual biography.

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Whooo Fast N' Loud

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No

What other book might you compare Fast N' Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers to, and why?

N/a

What didn’t you like about Richard Rawlings and Alexander Cendese ’s performance?

The only problem I found is that when it said narrated by Richard Rawlings, I thought it would be more than the intro. If Richard had read this book, I feel that after watching the show Fast n' Loud you'd have really got into the story more.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

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Get You Some Of That

Being a fan of Fast and Loud I was not to sure what to expect, was it judt going to be about Richard's exploits at the garage? It was way more than that, an amazing story about his life and love for money that drove him on, I did not want it to end. Listen right to the end, there is a cool ending.

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well worth a listen

if you like the programme you will like this well worth listening to learn a lot from where he came from to where he is now

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Excellent and inspiring

Alot of people slate Richard Rawlings and fast and loud, this book definatly gives you a look at why and how Richard became the man is. He is an inspiration to anyone who doubts that you can make your dreams happen.
Will done Mr Rawlings keep up the excellent work.

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Awesome

Top marks what a book. It a must read for all the GAS MONKEYS Out there.

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More honest than your average used car dealer

Where does Fast N' Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to a lot of audio books, but very few biography's as there's far too many. It tends to be the standard now to write a biography as soon as you've had any fame and most of these books are like their subjects dull and boring, but this is neither dull nor boring and amongst the best I've read.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty. Most "celebrities" these days wouldn't dare to tell it as it is, but Richard appears to have done just that. I know it's been edited and there's clearly some artistic licence, but hell some people aren't this honest with their friends.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There isn't one scene I can put above the others, but the Wacky Wednesday nights struck a cord with me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The love and respect Richard shows for his father throughout the whole book.

Any additional comments?

Some people may look a Richard and just see a show off or chancer, but read the book and see him for what he is, an inspiration.

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Held up to every expectation

Brought a few tears to my eyes a few times.

An absolute must for any petrol head. Do a buy!

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  • Michael
  • 12-05-15

Great story and car flipping tips.

Richard should have narrated this himself this guys poor impression sucked. Otherwise it was a great book.

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  • KP
  • 12-01-18

Awesome!!

I enjoyed every minute of the book. I would have liked Richard to have narrated.

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  • Greg Allen
  • 11-04-17

awesome

I loved it, a awesome behind the scenes look at how the brand was started.

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  • mark
  • 23-03-17

A cool book not all about cars

I was able to get used to the narrator. Richard Rawlings narrating he intro was helpful to ease me into it.

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  • Rob Butler
  • 08-11-16

Excellent

Great book. Great insight to Richard Rawlings and his story behind the gas monkey empire

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  • MIKE
  • 28-04-16

Great Read

Great book for any car person. The book was entertaining and I would recommend it for anybody in the automobile business. Go Richard!

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  • J. Przywara
  • 21-04-16

Thought it was great. Interesting story.

Makes you want to get out and better yourself..amazing how things work out..long live Gas Monkey

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  • Frank
  • 30-01-16

Amazing!!! Not just about cars very good life lessons!

I came into this book thinking it'd be about badass cars, don't get me wrong it is but I walked away with so much more after listening.

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  • Jon
  • 25-01-16

amazing book

I loved every second of this book. I learned alot about the car industry and the in and out of buying and selling.

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  • Mike
  • 27-12-15

Need More

Just like the show I want more. I think it would have been "cooler" if Richard actually narrated the entire audio book since it is his story but Alexander did a good job. I will be listening to this again and the information in the book applies to more than just car sales.