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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Test, the stunning autobiography from rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, read by Aidan Kelly.

Between 1999, when he made his international debut, and his retirement in 2014, there was no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll.

In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade - and since then the legend has only grown. Along the way he was tested - by personal loss, off-the-field pressures, and career-threatening injuries.

The Test is a book about how he took on those challenges - how a world-class talent developed a world-class work ethic and temperament. As he lost his youthful pace, O'Driscoll's reinvented himself as a player, revealing the remarkable character and drive behind the glittering gifts. In the latter years of his career, he put in a sequence of gladiatorial performances that etched themselves into the minds of every rugby fan every bit as indelibly as the legendary early tries in Paris and Brisbane.

Honest, gritty, and thoughtful, The Test is not just an essential sports book. It is an essential book about family, friends, hard work, courage, and imagination.

©2014 Brian O'Driscoll (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Brilliant

Best biography I've listened to, well done to all involved. A must if you like or love rugby.

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Compelling account of a fantastic career

Excellent from the first page. An honest account of one of the greatest rugby careers of all time by one of the greatest players of all time. Open and honest about his life, off the pitch as well as on. A humble superstar, this is a great read.

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Cracking listen, well narrated

Great insight into BOD. Does leave you wondering what he would have done without rugby.

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Fabulous - a must read !

A truly humble, insightful and open story of a young lads rise to become one of the all time greats. BOD didn’t shy away from the low times either. Fabulous - might go back to the start and listen again!

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Terrific

Have always liked the honesty of the modern day rugby player. O’Driscoll comes across as humble and human. He is a credit to a sport that produces athletes who’s team ethic goes before that of the individual. A lovely contrast to the modern day footballer. Very enjoyable.

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this! Legend of a tale for a legend of a man! Will listen to again with pleasure

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Well worth the listen

Honestly written with a lot of seemingly genuine insights. A great read for any rugby fan.

Narrator does a good job and is easy to listen to, with the occasional exception of mispronouncing teams like Llanelli, and some players' names. On the whole very easy to listen to, and soaked it up over a few days.

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Excellent

Got me through my work day brilliantly!! The narration was very good and Brian's story through rugby is great to hear

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A must buy

Funny, honest and incisive. A throughly engaging read. BOD tells the story of youth's excitement in the professional era and how he turned into a wise old hand. Compelling narrative for sports fans and experts in the human condition.

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captivating read/listen

Really enjoyed this. narrator gets a few words wrong though. Clanelly? Llanelli maybe?!! Sean O'brien becomes Shane in one team! But the story is good and gets to the point.

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Lacked depth

Great Irish legend, but the book only ever skimmed the surface of Ireland's greatest ever rugby player.