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The Autobiography
Narrated by: David John
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's first-volume autobiography Ronnie was a major best seller, acclaimed for its candour and insight into the life of a top sports star. In his second book, Ronnie reflects on how much of his life has been running away or running towards (often inadvisable) things.

Running is my drug. To be honest, drugs (and alcohol) used to be my drug, but now I've got the healthiest addiction going. Running is what has helped me fight my demons, win five world snooker championships, and cope with all the crap life's thrown at me.

They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and in this book I look at everything that hasn't killed me, but has had a good go - my addictive personality, depression, my dad's murder conviction, the painful break-up with the mother of my children, the difficulty of balancing family life with that of a sportsman.

Those are the downers. But it's also about the great things in my life - my kids, snooker, my dad's release from prison, great mates who have helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who has taught me how not to run away from life when it gets tricky.

For the first time, I explain some of my madder moments - why I walked out in the middle of a match against Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a wet cloth over my face in a match against Mark King. This is a book about what it takes to be a champion - the sacrifices you have to make, the obsessive practice, the selfishness. Finally, it's a book about what it's like to get the buzz; and I hope anybody who's ever got the running buzz will relate to this.

Since turning professional in 1992, Ronnie O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the Embassy World Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson & Hedges Masters, and the British Open. In May 2012 he won the World Championship and announced his retirement. He then returned in May 2013, having not played for a year, to win the World Championship for a fifth time.

©2013 Ronnie O'Sullivan (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • graham
  • HALSTEAD, United Kingdom
  • 01-12-13

very enjoyable for fans of the Rocket.

Where does Running rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a snooker lover myself when i saw that the Rocket Ronnie O'sullivan had his new book out i couldn't wait for the book to become available in audio. I pre ordered the book listened to it in within 2 days. I have followed Ronnie over the years watching him in the snooker tournement. Been to see him live at the masters 4 times when he was in the final.

Was very interesting to hear about his eairly playing days before he turned pro and how he got into the game of snooker.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running?

Ronnie talking about his child hood and when his father was inside and how that made him continue to play the game of snooker.

What about David John’s performance did you like?

very good and was able to understand and take in the book.

Any additional comments?

Great book and now looking for other autobiographys.

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loved this.

gripped from start to finish.. found it hard to put down.. had to hear what came next. enjoyed the explanation of Ronnie's bazaar behaviour. Even someone who is not a fan of snooker would find this interesting, as many people have felt the things that Ronnie describes, just keep it to themselves. this book has helped me see a few things differently.

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Running Full Pelt!

A very enjoyable and engaging listen into snooker's most formidable talents. The autobiography goes through Ronnie's mindset and his addictive personality, which makes him a massive success at anything he commits his mind to, but that personality comes at a price!
The story was well read by David John, but I felt the Essex accent was a little too heavy at times.

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What a Surprise

I bought this book as I am getting into running. Imagine my shock when I realised it was about a snooker player.
Thought I was going to send it back but after listening a bit more was hooked. 3 reasons really. Ronnie is outrageously honest (good thing) the running parts relating to psychology weight loss etc were really interesting and motivating.

I am a female from Blackburn and snooker was big in lancashire and particularly Blackburn when I was about 18 so loved all the talk of Jimmy White, Alex Higgins (my favourite) Dennis Taylor etc as I often saw them around Blackburn snooker halls.
It must have gone off the boil for me when Ronnie started as I didn't remember him. What a shame because after reading the book and watching him on YouTube I love him. So cheeky and reminds me of My Fav Alex. Also side note he is very handsome with a great figure and bloody annoyed at myself for not watching him at the time as it adds to the flair.

So although not purely about running there is enough in there to interest runners. In any event the story is also fascinating. His life growing up and struggles with depression. Just loved it all.

Narrator was really good but needed a slightly softer voice to be more like Ronnie himself. Made him sound like a bit of a gangster.

You won't regret purchasing this.

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Enjoyed, great for driving with

Shows how the most casual looking man on table has his own persosal demons and how he gos about combatting them, a truly brilliant mind

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Loved the content... but

Loved the content of this book, but... why does the narrator need to put so much emphasis on being a cockney/Essex boy. Really off putting

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Great insight into his life

Shows a side to Ronnie that most people never see, the content is very honest and interesting and it's clear running is almost as big part of his life as snooker. My only slight gripe is that the book jumps around a lot in time and in doing so repeats a lot of the stories, as they intertwined with others, but they were all interesting so doesn't cause it to become boring at all. I'd like to read a follow up to find out what he has done in the last 5 years away from the public snooker side of his life.

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Awesome, true legend.<br />

pleasure to listen to, opened my eyes to the life and career of Ronnie. Also has me back into running again!

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Running bore

I love Ronnie to pieces but in his own words he has become a running bore, I struggled to chapter 15 and "Boom" just couldn't take any more, sorry Ronn.

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Excellent book, well read

Nice to hear Ronnie's story of where he came through tough times to become a winner.

Well read by David. He really brought Ronnie's story to life!

Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the topics of running to get away from depression and anxiety.

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  • Christopher Z. Twiggs
  • 31-10-17

We need more books like this!

I was surprised to find Ronnie O’Sullivan‘s autobiography was titled RUNNING, but having recently discovered Ronnie and the world of snooker, and being a runner myself, I thought I’d give it a try. I am so glad I did! I wish more celebrities who happen to be runners would write about their experiences and what running means in their lives. This is a great look at what motivates Ronnie and helps him get through the hard times and good times. It was well performed and very much enjoyed!

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  • Rogerio Cazelato
  • 26-03-17

Runners be warned

Ronnie will take you much further than simply running. He'll make you think of what the sport means to you and how much it can give and take from your life.

It's a great honest and candid story.