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Random House presents the audiobook edition of No Spin: My Autobiography by Shane Warne.

‘My story, without the spin.’

From the start of his glittering career in 1992 to his official retirement from all formats of the game in 2013, Shane Warne has long desired to tell his incredible story without compromise. No Spin is that very story. It offers a compelling intimate voice, true insight and a pitch-side seat to one of cricket’s finest eras, making this one of the ultimate must-have sports autobiographies.

Shane is not only one of the greatest living cricket legends: he is as close as the game has had since Botham to a maverick genius on the field and a true rebel spirit off it, who always gives audiences what they want. Despite being the talismanic thorn in England’s side for nearly two decades of regular Ashes defeats, he was also much loved in the UK, where he played cricket for Hampshire. He’s also a much-admired figure in India and South Africa. 

Alongside his mesmerising genius as a bowler, Shane has often been a controversial figure, and in this book he talks with brutal honesty about some of the most challenging times in his life as a player. Honest, thoughtful, fearless and loved by millions, Shane is always his own man, and this book is a testament to his brilliant career.

©2018 Shane Warne (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Fantastic cricketer, great bloke, brilliant book!

This book is a must-read, not only for cricket lovers around the world, but for fans of any sport. Of course, I have known of Shane Warne since the early 1990s, especially when he burst onto the Ashes scene at Old Trafford in June 1993 with his first ever delivery on English soil, the famous 'Gatting ball', and I certainly shared the sentiment of the Oval crowd on that great day in September 2005 when we finally got the Ashes back after 18 long years; in what was to be Warnie's last ever test appearance in England, the chant "We wish you were English!" rang out - with good reason! Widely regarded as the best leg spinner ever to have played the game, Shane Warne was, it could be argued, also the best bowler of all time; 708 test wickets in a career spanning nearly 15 years, during which he put the fear of God in most opposing batsmen, not to mention many fans, would seem to lend weight to this claim (though Muttiah Muralithian may have something to say about that)! Had Shane Warne been on our side, I don't think we would have had to wait so long to get that little urn back.

This work gives us many fascinating insights into Warne's cricketing philosophy, his burning desire to win, some of the great and not so great matches throughout his career (he did get smashed all over the park by Ravi Shastri during his test debut at Sydney in early 1992), exchanges with teammates and opponents both on and off the field, and there is even a detailed and pretty challenging chapter on the art of leg spin, the 'flipper', the 'leg-break', the 'wrong'un', explanations of how and where to position the ball in the hand, how the fingers should be spread, what to do with the wrist and what the rest of the body should be doing when the ball is released.

Yet we learn much more about Shane Warne the man, the husband, the father and the friend. Like the rest of us, he is flawed, and he is brutally honest about his weaknesses throughout. The book presents an image of an impulsive man who lives life to the full, sometimes on the edge, though not outside the law. He doesn't always consider the consequences of his actions, and this gets him into trouble at times. However, I don't think the media always treated him well, a view I held even before reading this. His fierce loyalty comes through in the book, towards his family, his teammates and his friends, and I definitely see Warnie as a decent and fun guy I'd love to go out and have a beer with.

The narrative style is direct! He tells it like it is, occasionally using some fairly robust language to do so. Mark Nicholas was quite right not to remove it all, though he did feel the need to tone it down a bit, as he says in his introduction. I also absolutely love the humour in the book; his claim that "I want to finish bottom of the Fair Play League and top of the IPL!", not to mention his hilarious account of his one and only (monumentally unsuccessful) attempt at using autocue when called upon to read the sports news one morning on national television in Australia were, for instance, quite literally 'LOL' moments for me.

I was totally hooked on this autobiography, from start to finish! I have always had a great deal of respect for Warnie anyway, both as a cricketer and a pundit on Sky Sports, and I now know more about him as a human being, a great bloke! A brilliant read, highly recommended! As people like Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Glen McGrath or any of the other Aussie cricketers used to say to him immediately after a really good delivery:

"Nice, Shane!"

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Good but narration could’ve been better

Shane Warne is a cricketing legend & this book is a great insight into both his sporting & personal life.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book & recommend it to any cricket fan.
I do have one criticism. If you are going to narrate a book which contains names of individuals from foreign countries or people you obviously have never heard of, it would be a really good idea to actually research the correct pronunciation of those names before you record the narration.
The mis-pronunciations could & should have been avoided with a little bit of fact checking & effort. In fact, at times it made the narrator sound stupid & ignorant. Shame really.
Other than that, I recommend the book.

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Honest & Frank

Really hoped it would be great and wasn't disappointed. I loved the raw honesty. The guy says it how it is. Great Listen Warney!

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Excellent, let down by not being author narrated

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Shane has lived a really full life and discloses so much of it here. My only criticism would be that he didn't narrate it - the narrator was good but mispronounced most of the sub-continental players names which was jarring.

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Interesting and engaging

Honest account of his life and constantly engaging. Recommend it although certainly no work of art

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fantastic insight on one of the great names in cricket, what a character thanks for sharing.

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  • 28-07-20

How’s That - Loved it

Brilliant insight into the great man and very well written. Good job guys, would recommend it to any cricket lover.

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Couldn't recommend this book higher
Warne at his very best with hilarious stories both on and off the field

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New spin on Shane

Loved it! Very funny and honest! As a cricketer myself some of the English club cricket references are spot on! 😂😂

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loved it

start to finish it was a fantastic insight into both the life of Shane and cricket. interesting throughout the book and very well narrated.

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Thanks for that Warnie!

Great book about an extraordinary life lived to the max. The descriptions of some of the all time great cricket matches are spellbinding.