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Feed the Beast

Pints, Pies, Poles and a Belly Full of Goals
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

With 19 spells at various clubs in the Football League, Jon Parkin has cut an instantly recognisable figure in English football for the past 20 years. At 6'4", and weighing in as one of football's heavyweights, Parkin has played more than 600 games during his time with Barnsley, Hartlepool, York, Macclesfield Town, Hull City, Stoke City, Preston, Cardiff, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe, Fleetwood, Forest Green, Newport County and back to York, where he is currently top scorer. This is his no-holds-barred life story.

©2018 Jon Parkin and David Clayton (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Bit boring

Heard of this guy before and heard about the infamous 'bathroom' situation before so thought he must have done right stories. But not really. Basically low League journeyman old school footballer refuses to change for anyone, doesn't make the big time and doesn't want to stray too far from Barnsley if at all possible. inspiring stuff. not.

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It's good but...

Firstly, I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of Parky and appreciate his approach to the game and life in general. My only problem with the book is that I'm a regular listener of the Undr The Cosh Podcast and there's a lot of cross over and some of the anecdotes on the podcast are better than those in the book.

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Good book but certain parts repeat?

I’m not sure if I’m loosing my marbles but I’ll hear the same part of the book repeat every now and again, happens at least 8 times in the book, might just be me? Great book regardless

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Excellent entertainment.

Discovered the book through Jon’s excellent podcast. Lived up to all expectations. Grand as eggs! Would have been even better if it was narrated by the author. Especially as he piped up and said he would on “Undr the Cosh” 😁

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Awesome

The beast is a legend, despite not being Messi or Becks he is a true fans favorite who is about the only pro footballer who the man on the street can relate to. The only downside to the book is if you listen to Undr the Cosh you have heard most of the stories!

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Brilliant

Loved this book and Jonathan Keebles narration made even better. Also love the way he loves Phil Brown as much as me .

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Enjoyable

Good interesting easy read. Nice honest insight into lower League football. Enjoyed reading on the beach.

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Great book.

Well narrated, some belting stories, was literally laughing out loud at times. Well worth it for any genuine football fan.

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A hilariously blunt yet touching story

Jon is a household name where proper footballers are concerned, and after listening to him on the fantastic Undr The Cosh podcast, I bought this audiobook to hear more about his time in football and about the Jon away from the game. Jon's blunt and no nonsense approach, which has a large dose of humour thrown in for good measure, makes for great listening where the audiobook is concerned. It's refreshing to hear stories from Jon's time in football, which are unlikely to occur in today's somewhat watered down modern game. It's a must listen for those who prefer to listen rather than read, and a must read for everyone else.