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Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2008.

Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life. For such a lively and intelligent communicator, TV beckons and he becomes one of the daredevil trio, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who make such an enormous world-wide success of the revamped BBC-TV programme Top Gear.

He describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which they entertain their weekly audiences until the day of his 300 mph crash that took Top Gear off the air and plunged a nation into mourning. The day of the crash, his rescue and the flight to hospital in a coma are described, and then Mindy recounts the anxious waiting until he finally emerges from his coma to immediately pull out all his life-support equipment.

Richard then pieces together the stages of recovery as his shattered mind slowly reforms. We learn exactly what happened to him and the milestones in his slow recovery to full health. The final chapter recounts the return to Top Gear and the screening of the events of that fateful day.

©2007 Richard Hammond (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Greg
  • CamborneUnited Kingdom
  • 04-12-07

A lesson for us all?

The ups & downs the smiles & tears as experienced by so many of us out there in the real world, beautifully narrated by both Richard & Mindy allowing one to share in the emotional rollercoaster hearing the story unfold from both sides of the fence, I am not one normally interested in hearing about the hurt & pain suffered in others life?s but this title had me intrigued from the start, I had to listen right through to the end even though I thought I knew how it ended, the anguish,the desperation of ones life clearly came through, Mindy obviously upset but having the strength for both made me realise how wonderful it was to have the support of loved ones around, sometimes I feel we all take that for granted, I shared in both their pain and thier fear?s as if living it myself eventually pulling through, empathic in Mindy cause, they I think were fortunate that tragedy brought them closer, may be this is a lesson for us all? I bless them both and wish them every success for the future, and I would like to say simply thank you to them for sharing a segment of their lives with me.

The music between chapters was a great choice and added that something special.

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Excellent

On the edge starts with a brief summary of Richards work history but then goes into detail regarding the accident.
The audio includes his wife talking with feeling about the accident and recovery...very moving.
This is a great audio book to listen too....well worth the purchase...enjoy

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  • Simon
  • Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 23-11-07

Well worth a listen.

Having been a fan of Richard's since he first appeared on Top Gear I was expecting this book to be both fascinating and funny. What I wasn't expecting was to sit in the waiting room at the railway station with tears in my eyes listening to his wife Mindy read her thoughts and feelings about his accident!

A very moving, frank and amusing autobiography. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Stuart
  • Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • 11-12-09

Touching and Thought-Provoking

This audio book version of On the Edge concentrates mainly on Richard Hammond's rocket-car accident and the impact it had on his life and family in the few months that followed. The opening chapters, read by Richard, are entertaining and provide a good background to his career, although certain elements have obviously been omitted for this abridged version. Richard also reads the closing chapters, but the main focus of the title, his time in hospital and recovery, is read by his wife Mindy (Amanda).

She pours her heart and soul into the book, and its clear that she still finds certain passages deeply upsetting. I was hugely impressed by her love, dedication and commitment to Richard and her family, and the touching way they re-found each other after his accident. It's hard, if not impossible to be anything other than captivated by the story, and I'd recommend it to anyone, not just fans of Top Gear.

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On the edge Richard Hammond

I found this book very moving. By listening to the people concerned on the MP3 player has more effect than just reading the book. I highly recomend this audio book.

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Amazing

I am amazed at how much detail Richard and Mindy put into this book. I often listen to it and I feel so uplifted by it, so thank you both for everything.

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heartfelt insight into the fallout of trauma

Mindy and Richard have put together an amazing autobiography here. Highly recommended. short but a real personal insight into the lead up to, accident and recovery from Richards terrible crash.

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very honest and touching book

loved it, very touching and honest. Gave an insight into the hamsters bewildering world post accident,and mindys fears for their future. a true love story really. x

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Heavily edited

I own the hardback but hadn't read it for years, I thought I'd get the audiobook and listen to it again.

A lot of the book is missing - I presume because it is quite repetitive - a lot of while he was in hospital wouldn't make great audio, but having had a brain tumour and having had brain surgery I wanted to hear how it affected those around Richard.

Reading the book and reading Mindy's experiences really helped me to understand, I was hoping to get the same experience this time but unfortunately most of the book seems to be missing.

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  • Arthur
  • Gympie, Australia
  • 21-02-15

Buy Another Book

I don't know where to begin with this one. I suppose if you love Top Gear then you sort of should like this book................I'm not fussed either way. This book left me feeling flat and I have to admit that I did not finish it !!

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  • S. Anderson
  • 04-06-15

Must listen for Top Gear fans

If you are a fan of Top Gear you really need to listen to this. You know Richard had a bad crash. You know he was quite different for a while after returning. You know the BBC won't ever air that episode again.
But you don't know what Richard and his family and friends and colleagues really went through to bring him back to being a part of the show. This book was truly heart felt in its writing and delivery by Richard and his wonderful wife Mindy.

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  • Cindy
  • 04-08-12

A bit disappointing!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, I expected a bit more so was quite disappointed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

It was the Rob Louw book -Stories I only tell my friends' and WHAT A DIFFERENCE and I've fallen in love with audiobooks story telling

Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ?

No

Did On the Edge inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

While Richard is enormously Entertainng on TV I was slightly disappointed in how his voice translates in audible. His wife has 'cute voice' but not for audio

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  • ascetic
  • 18-04-09

Good, would have been better unabridged

Interesting story from an interesting guy, but it felt like they chopped a lot of detail for the abridged version. Would have been a much better listen as unabridged. :(

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  • James
  • 10-12-17

Good overview

I was always curious about Hammond’s accident. So hearing the account leading up to it is interesting. I totally missed that his wife would be narrating part of the book. I really liked hearing the story from her perspective. It added a much needed point of view.

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  • Mike
  • 18-10-17

Inspirational story of love and dedication!

I consider myself addicted to TopGear and even the Grand Tour. For years I've watched the re-runs and enjoy all three presenters. While I was aware of Hammond's crash, I really glossed over it as a small hiccup in the show. This book was a eye opener. Hammond's "crash" was a life changing event for both him, his marriage and the way he looks at the world. Well written, well narrated (especially by his wife Mindy) and inspirational. If you, (like me) liked Richard before, wait till you're done this book. It was wonderful.

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  • Mark R.
  • 30-08-17

Wish there were more stars

Wow, didn't see this one coming. I'm a big fan of Hammond and love his very British delivery. Frankly, I didn't even read any reviews of this book. Just popped up as the next book, so I ordered it. Didn't realize it would be so serious. Mindy's reading of the aftermath of Richard's crash was very powerful. No one could have delivered it with as much genuine emotion.

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  • Arthur
  • 24-06-17

50/50

Not a bad book, but nothing to write home about. The performance was well done though.

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  • Eric Leid
  • 20-06-17

awesome!

if you've ever watched Top Gear you need to read this book. it's both funny and inspiring. classic Richard Hammond

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  • David
  • 16-01-17

A very special story

Like millions, I have come to love Top Gear and the zany antics of guys who show that growing older doesn't have to be boring. This audiobook is a wonderful gift from Richard Hammond that shares his most personal and trying time. With his amazing wife Mindy, they allow us to get to know them like personal friends rather than distant celebrities.
Thank you Richard and Mindy.

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  • scott
  • 15-12-16

great story

hi I had wondered how Richard's accident had affected him glad to know he has recovered