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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Battle by Paul O'Connell, read by John Cormack.

There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009 and captain of the first Ireland team to retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world. There was nothing inevitable - or even likely - about any of this, and in an autobiography as intense and thoughtful as its author, O'Connell explores the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became.

The Battle is an audiobookfor everyone who wants to understand the roots of achievement and the inner world of an elite sportsman. It will take its place alongside the very finest sports books of recent years.

©2016 Paul O'Connell (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Rugby autobiographies

I read these books expecting so much more. I guess I should learn! These guys have so much more to say but still have skin in the game I suppose. Enjoyed it, especially the early life stuff where I could relate, but I want to hear thoughts on the game; both professional and amateur, from someone who has done it. Paul is definitely a genuine guy who embodies the values of the game we love, but I suppose I wanted this to be, in part, like sitting having a pint with the bloke, hearing his thoughts and opinions. Maybe he can still do this sometime?

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Good insight

Engaging character, well motivated and driven. Makes you aware of the rigours of a pro athlete

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great book

if you love rugby you'll love this book the stories tales within it just cement why it's greatest sport

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inspiring.

every young rugby player should read or listen to this to know what it takes

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Inspirational read

Great insight not only into the physical and psychological aspect of Rugby, but how O’Connell drove himself and his team mates to be the very best they could! Fantastic read about a true Munster and Irish Legend! Thanks Big Red!

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Legendary Captain Battles it All

Honest,gritty at times book,tells it as it is.Seen it all in the world and provincial rugby.Good Insight into Rugby/coaching and being a captain.The Battle is for the winning and a compelling read, O'Connell Bares all for the listener/reader.

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The Battle

Fabulous book. Listened to it on my return journey to Cardiff. Thoroughly recommended. Total Legend

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This is an excellent insight into one of the worlds most competitive rugby footballers. Phenomenal.

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Full of wonderful anecdotes

Paul O'Connell was an extraordinarily good rugby player and a great leader (what is is about 2nd rowers that make them so good?) Eales, Johnstone, Wynn-Jones and O'Connell to name but 4.

The book cobeys how the legislators have encouraged less foul play yet maintaining the physicallity of the greatest winter sport. Paul O'Connell led us thruogh his Rugby career with an easy light tread.

Well worth a listen. (Even if you don't like Rugby, you'll get lots of tips about leadership.)

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character guidelines for life

you don't need to know or love rugby, this book is full of gems to lead a life of good characher