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The Damned Utd

Narrated by: John Simm
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Summary

In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the Leeds United Manager's job. As successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, he was to last 44 days. David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big 'Ead himself and brings vividly to life one of postwar Britain's most complex and fascinating characters. 

©2006 David Peace (P)2006 Faber Audio

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Not a sports fan

I saw the reviews, it is good to read something different, and so I plunged into a beautifully written battle for adoration, power and prestige. Excellent portraits of men in a mans world.

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John Simm excellent

John Simm was very good, some of the story uses creative licence but very good on the whole

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Brilliant Book!! Perfectly Performed!!

fantastically read by John Simm, every accent well performed. Love the fact Burton Albion are mentioned a few times! Both film and book get top ratings!!

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A Must Listen

Fantastic Football Book, excellent narration by John Simm and very interesting and very funny, you can't help but be entertained.

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Brilliant- totally absorbing

What does John Simm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

John Simm brings us into the mind and world of Brian Clough. His reading really brings out the rhythm of the prose and the lacerating judgements Clough makes on his world. It's made me wonder if Clough really was like this or if it's David Peace's invention. Brilliant. I couldn't put it down.

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Good listen

Well read and interesting story from a long gone age. would have liked it to make reference to the subsequent success to round out the overall impression.

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A wonderful insight to one of footballs great men

I saw the film and wanted a deeper insight of the life of Brian. A wonderful insight to one of footballs great men.

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in 2 minds

made Cloughie look like a bit of a tyrant seen all his documentaries and saw the film. Never should have taken that Leeds jobs and he had no chance with those players

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Not unabridged.

Brilliantly performed but if one is following the text he will get lost often. Much of the writing is jumped, skipped, elided. If I were Peace I would be fit to be tied.
But again, beautifully performed, and of course the book is marvelous.

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10/10

Well written book well narrated 10 10 over ten even though the book had some lawsuits before its publication it's still a good book and a good read
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  • J Knight
  • 23-08-18

Good book but intense

The way the parallel stories in this book were weaved together was masterful. The story was; intensely paced as well.

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  • Sean Downey
  • 08-07-17

What a Different Story

Not your conventional story telling, but not your normal coach either. Outstanding story, performance, and book!!!

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  • daniel
  • 08-03-17

Rubbish!

What would have made The Damned Utd better?

Not jumping all over the place timeline-wise. Story line was rather hard to follow.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Simm?

Narrator was good. I just hated the book itself.

Any additional comments?

Clough was an embittered, whiny bitch. The whole time he cusses and yells at the people around him, and constantly tells us his hatred for Don Revis. I got sick of it and couldn't finish this piece of crap book. If I owned the physical copy I would go burn it in a dumpster right now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-15

Awesome marraige of speaker and story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Loved the telling of the tale, the prose (much of it purple), the narrators compelling interpretation and the underlying premise of the book - one of my favorite audible purchases

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  • Dean
  • 18-08-15

A wonderful story along with a great narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Damned Utd the most enjoyable?

Having read half of the book previously and watching (and enjoying) the film I was looking forward to listening to the abridged version of the book on a long drive from Vancouver to Portland. The story is well digested in it's 4-5 hour timeline and it flows incredibly well. This is no small part due to John Simm who reads the story incredibly well. His accents and narration are well done but neutral enough to not enter the comedic arena that lesser actors could take them too. He reads with passion and enthusiasm and I believe his part of this audiobook promotes it way higher than it might have otherwise.

I really enjoyed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simm's portrayal of Clough is excellent.

What about John Simm’s performance did you like?

Simm did a really good job. He's added enthusiasm when needed and really made me feel the emotion