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Summary

Drawing on a lifetime of sniffing petrol fumes, Lights Out, Full Throttle stands large over the landscape of Formula One and takes the temperature of the good, the bad and the ugly of the petrolhead’s paradise.

Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill between them competed in 261 Grands Prix, amassing 25 wins, 49 podium finishes, one World Championship, 458 championship points, a Le Mans win, two smashed ankles, a broken arm, wrist and leg, 60 broken ribs and two bruised egos.

Having retired from racing, Johnny and Damon have become the one constant for passionate English F1 fans in a rapidly changing landscape. They have earned cult status as commentators and pundits, with viewers loving their unerring dedication to the sport’s greatness.

It offers F1 fans a tour of the sport - from Monaco to Silverstone, Johnny’s crowd surfing and Bernie’s burger bar, the genius of Adrian Newey and Colin Chapman, why Lewis Hamilton will never, ever move to Ferrari (probably), getting the yips, money, safety, what it’s like to have an out-of-body experience while driving a car in the pouring rain at 200 mph and the future of the sport in the wake of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.

Whether you’re a fan of Nigel, Niki, Kimi or Britney, pine for the glory days of Brabham, Williams, Jim Clark and Fangio, or believe that Lewis is one year away from retiring as the GOAT, Lights Out, Full Throttle is the oily rag for the petrolhead fan to inhale while waiting for the racers to line up on the grid.

©2021 Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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just brilliant 👏

was a huge fan of damon as a kid getting into f1 and remember it well when I started watching back in 95 and have been hooked to f1 eversince.
Johnny is a very funny guy and they bounce off each other so well.

always love when a book is read by the writer and this dosent disappoint. a must for any f1 fan

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not had such a laugh in ages top listen guys

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not had such a laugh in ages if you like laid back escapes then listen to this the 20 chapters disappeared with laughter aswell before long the book ends an youll want to re listen for bits you hadnt caught first time.

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Enjoyable chat between two ex-F1 drivers

This is one of those books that probably works better as an audiobook than a regular book. Damon and Johnny take a leisurely and relaxed stroll through a bunch of Formula One topics telling stories and giving their views. As an audiobook you feel like you are listening in on a chat between two mates, both of whom happen to be ex-grand Prix drivers. If F1 is your thing, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

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Excellent!

A very well written & narrated insight into the Global Circus that is Formula 1. No stone is left unturned, covering all aspects of the sport, from its historical beginnings to the present day and everything from the people and machines that have moulded the sport into the multi-million dollar business that it is today.

Damon & Johnny are a perfect double act & have produced a brilliant audio book, not just by their shared experiences as ex F1 drivers, but by the way they have covered each chapter recounting their shared and individual experiences along the way. Narrated in a light hearted and very amusing way, their opinions frequently differ which leads to a good deal of friendly banter. What really comes across is a great deal of love and respect they have for the sport generally and the vast array of people & professions past and present who have influenced the sport over the last 70 odd years. Not least is the respect & friendship they have for each other; amusing, heartwarming & touching.

Altogether a great listen from 2 of my F1 heroes. I can recommend this audio book to anyone with an interest in the magical word of F1, young or old. Thanks for a great book guys & the re-kindling of some of my own F1 memories over the years!

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A great read by two legends of F1

A brilliant Audiobook and made all the better by the narration being done by Damon and Johnny

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Grumpy old men

This was not pleasant. Mr. Herbert comes across as quite a bastard. Everything that has ever gone wrong for him seems to be some one else's fault and absolutely everything is worse now than it was before. Mr. Hill has the ability to have a more neutral perspective, but it is lost in Mr. Herbert's rantings.

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Two F1 drivers walk into a bar...

...and talk cobblers for a few hours. It is a bit like being in a pub with DH and JH while they talk about whatever they fancy. Thankfully most of it is very entertaining - apart from the stuff about Lewis who is painted as some sort of saint! Still, I enjoyed it.

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Great fun

These guys are brilliant together. I bet there are a lot more funny stories to share and hope they will do another audiobook.

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Excellent

Excellent book, great insight and great listen. Two very funny but knowledgeable writers, I was so glad it was them that narrated this. More please.

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  • 04-09-21

Entertaining book but Painful delivery

I enjoyed this book but it is intended to be a conversation between Damon Hill and Jonny Herbert. It is painfully obvious that both are just reading their lines. At the end it is clear that they actually recorded their sections in different recording studios, 1 is in Guildford, the other in Coventry.

If you can get past the presentation it is a surprisingly good book. If you can get past the sample, I would recommend you get it. Otherwise, save yourself the time and look elsewhere.

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  • 17-06-21

Funny, yet good insight.

this book was hilarious. It's also very cheap. Damon and Johnny have great chemistry.

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  • 10-06-21

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Bernie

A must read for every F1 fan. Humor and pathos. And yes, Bernie sucks! LOL

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  • 20-10-21

If you like F-1

Great book if you a fan of F-1 racing. Tons of insight into what a driver thinks. L liked it!

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could have been better

had some decent storytelling but got very preachy about black lives matter at the end. I don't discuss the treatment of people in England and God knows there have been plenty of disgruntled populations there. I don't, because I don't have all the facts and neither do these guys. I followed Damon Hill off of the 90s but he seems a bit too left-leaning for my taste. Wonder if he would be so approving of Mr. Floyd if that it's been his pregnant wife's stomach he pointed a gun at?

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  • 25-06-21

just as entertaining as on the US feed of Shy

quite entertaining. some new stories. some old ones. but a great read and or listen. I would love to go back 20 years from and and listen again just to see how close the predictions.