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Let Me Be Frank

Tough, Honest and Straight from the Heart
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Let Me Be Frank is the new book from one of the world's sporting greats. A deeply personal story, Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. 

Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank's story offers his own unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder. His fears, his triumphs and the great affection he feels for the legion of fans he has to this day. His aim is to give others hope and inspiration. 

Cover: Barry Marsden

©2018 Frank Bruno (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Compelling Story - Awful Narration

Big Frank is a national treasure and most boxing fans are aware of his battles inside of the ring.
This book chronicles his biggest battles outside of the ring which is an emotional and insightful rollercoaster
A good, honest, interesting journal of Franks struggle with his metal illness. My respect for him is huge.
However, what spoiled this audio book for me was the ridiculous narration.
The attempt of the narrator trying to sound like Frank was largely off-putting and at times was almost unbearable to listen to.
Would I recommend the book? Yes, definitely. However I would recommend buying the kindle/paperback version instead of the audiobook because in my opinion the style of narration lets it down big time.

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Frankly Amazing!

‘Let me be Frank’. Great book and true insight! We all have struggles, but this man went through so much! Mental health wasn’t something I thought about, and won’t be my lie or excuse! True gent and honest man. Real champion!
Brilliantly and brutally true and narrated, couldn’t stop until it was finished! Thank you

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DISAPPOINTED

I was looking forward to this book, as a kid I grew up watching him on t.v he was the boxer in the ring at the time, the narrator let this book down immensely!!! Very poor narration!! It was like the Micky was been taken out of frank!!! The story was interesting, as a I have an understanding of mental health issues..... I would rather of bought the book in paperback

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Exceptionally well narrated. Honest and intimate story

I’m still left wondering what events, behaviours lead to Frank being sectioned again but perhaps that’s the point of the story: the sufferer doesn’t understand why. With loved ones of my own suffering from mental health, I struggle to know what family and friends can do for the sufferer and for themselves.

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Disappointed

I am currently facing major surgery that will have some rather life changing consciousness and am finding the prospect rather depressing and daunting. I was looking for inspiration so got this book as I presumed it may give me some inspiration/motivation to face what’s coming. However, from the first few hours I found the book it’s self rather depressing. I didn’t get past the first 3 hours so this may have changed but I gave up and returned the book. I also did not like the narrator, yes they tried to find someone with a similar voice to Frank but, I feel the narrator just sounds like some half rate cockney gangster..... I admire Frank Bruno and have followed his career since his Witherspoon fight in 1986 but this book wasn’t for me.

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Outstanding

By far the best book I’ve heard on audible, a real honest insight into the harrowing world of someone’s suffering with bipolar, I myself suffer the same illness, although not as severe, could really relate to Frank’s true & honesty of the cruel invisible illness that can bring a giant of a man to his knees.
If you know anyone or you yourself have suffered any mental issues this is a must for you, or if of course you just like the gentle giant of Frank Bruno
Good luck with the Frank Bruno Foundation Frank!

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Amazing and informative

Frank has been so open about his life and experiences of success and illness. He has been courageous in allowing the public in and sharing his mental health journey and his ability to help others. He is a truly amazing human being. Feel privileged to have shared his journey... thank you Frank.

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Inspirational Book

Frank Bruno is an inspiration on how never to give up and to be yourself. the narrator tried a little too hard to sound like Frank but as long as you can get over that the listen is well worth it. wishing Frank health and happiness and thank you for sharing your story.

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A true hero

I am not a boxing fan, however, the personality that is Frank Bruno I am a fan of. His easy way and his booming voice that makes for a softer feeling is something I really love.

Listening to this book of the most painful parts of his life has been such a revelation. Frank writes with a simple tone. The narration by Ben Onwukwe makes Frank's voice become visible.

I was taken by the harrowing experiences Frank recounts on his path from mental illness to wellness. We are heading towards a new paradigm shift and I am happy that Frank Bruno is bringing more light to this part of our lives.

Thank you Frank for your candour and to Ben for lending his voice artistry to the telling of Frank Bruno's biggest bout.

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Brilliant true and honest

Loved this, frank was totally honest and opened up about his troubles and illness as a sufferer myself it made me feel stronger