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Jamie Vardy: The Boy from Nowhere

Narrated by: Steven Kynman
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Jamie Vardy, the free-scoring talisman behind Leicester City's Premier League champion title, has become a modern against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, Jamie thought his chances had gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels while working in a factory, his impressive performances and hard work saw him rise again.

After successful spells at Halifax Town and then Fleetwood Town, he finally moved to championship team Leicester City. They gained their dream promotion to the Premier League, and after surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth came the fairy-tale season where a team arose together, and everything clicked.

Vardy's incredible 22 goals, including setting the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, helped Leicester City beat odds of 5,000-1 to become champions. Defying all expectations, it is simply one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.

'Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all - going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It's the stuff of dreams. It hasn't always been an easy journey; some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch. There is so much that people don't know, and I look forward to sharing all of that and more in what I hope will be an entertaining and inspiring story.' (Jamie Vardy)

©2016 Jamie Vardy (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Good fun

Really enjoyed the Frank portrayal of a non league footballer going on to breaking records in the Premier league. Funny, witty and a well told story.

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great listen about a true legend of Leicester

great listen about a true legend of Leicester City, obviously I am a Leicester City and a Jamie Vardy fan and I would say that.
if I had to criticise anything about the person reading the book, it would be to ask for the right pronunciation of footballers names, street names and maybe a little more effort in to singing the football chants. 😊
That said it was a good listen which flooded back many happy memories over the years.

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Great book

As a non football fan I am amazed at how much I enjoyed listening to Jamie's story, highly recommended

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Great

The reader sounded like vards but sang all the chants wrong, i would recommend it

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The narrator loses the context of the story sometimes and gets over excited making the story feel cheesy. He also needs to brush up on the pronunciation of footballers names.

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Hard to believe it’s true

Great story you would not believe it’s true if you wasn’t a football fan. Every young player should listen or read the story. Not a leister fan but a true fan of football that loves the underdog.

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very very good

really liked it incredible story if this means life absolutely loved this audio book excellent

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awesome

loved it, proper normal lad who loves football and doesn't take himself too seriously. great read

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Worst narrator ever, should of been a football fan who narrated this. He pronounced every name wrong

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A good honest account. Usual what goes on tour stays on tour secrets left unrevealed but a honest account and self reflection on what was an amazing period of Vardy's career

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  • Christian Goodyear
  • 06-01-19

Amazing story

Other then the 5000 to 1 and Miracle on Ice this has to be the absolute best sports story ever. Vardy's real life might be even more spectacular then Rocky Balboa. An absolute must read.

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  • Andres
  • 01-02-18

Speechless

What an amazing story. So well written. Inspiring! Probably the best sports book I've ever heard!!!

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  • Ryan muras
  • 09-10-17

Quality story

Gripped and listened the whole way through in one go!

What a rags to riches story!

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  • Dylan Tucker
  • 02-06-17

Fantastic

this book was amazing, easy to finish, great story for even a non soccer fan

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  • Mike Slatton
  • 04-02-17

EXCELLENT

Everything about this story was exceptional. The narration, the actual story, and the candidness of Jamie Vardy in his writing to leave it all out there. It was something that every soccer fan will enjoy. However, it's also an exceptional underdog story. I'm glad that the real story isn't over yet. I can't wait to see what the decades bring to JamieVardy.

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  • Chris
  • 03-02-17

Good but

Surely he should of learnt the names and been told the chants aren't right

Other than that, cracking listen