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Built for Speed

Narrated by: Joe McGann
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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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Built for Speed

what a great read John has portrayed his life and sport brilliantly well worth a read.

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moonhead

a great insight into a great rider. well documented and funny in places. great to hear about DJ and Joey obviously both loved in the memories of the author. loved this book recommended.

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A good read whether you're a biker or not.

It helps to know some of the names of the racers but not essential. I met John on 2 occasions and can relate closer to him now knowing his incredible story.

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Brilliant

If you're a John Mcguiness fan or a TT fan, this is the book for you.

Brilliant

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Great but narration let it down

Great listen if you're a fan. I really wish he'd have narrated this himself though. If you've seen interviews of McGuinness he's quite a down to earth, laid back and funny bloke, whereas this was read very stern and serious. Still good but have to drop a star for that.

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awesome

great book that had me laughing out loud ,honest and obviously from the heart , we'll done Mcpint

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A real insight into the real life of a real racer!

A "warts'n'all" story of a life dedicated to racing. Enjoyed, although shame McPint wasn't narrating.

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You don’t need to be a biker to enjoy this book

What I like most about this book is honesty, the fact that John (no offence ) came from having very little as a kid but worked his ass off with the help and massive support of Becky and got to where he is today and Still he’s a down to earth guy, I like the fact that it’s not gone to his head, John is a guy at the top of his game for many years now and that game is in fact a game that many people on this earth are not doing because and the truth is their not able and it’s not because they think it’s dangerous or what ever else excuses they have, the truth is that John and a small few others have an amazing talent, and they get my big respect,
I really don’t think you need to be a motorcycle fanatic to read this, this it a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone to be honest.

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loved it!

A must read for the any fan of Road Racing, John is a true living legend.