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The Man in the White Suit

The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me
Narrated by: Ben Collins
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear's iconic racing driver and so much more - including what it's like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear…When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered – who is The Man in the White Suit? They're about to find out.

Ben Collins caught the car the bug young, kicking his dad's boss in the balls for not giving him a company Jag. This was the attitude that eventually led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's underwear, James May's PhD thesis and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Because he is The Stig.

Now he tells all about life inside the iconic white helmet. What it's like to guide a blind ex-RAF officer around the Top Gear track; pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo against a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara against Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Route masters against bendy buses. Not to mention all the inside stuff on how the show's amazing driving sequences are made.

He also reveals how he got to be there – setting a Dunsfold lap time faster than Michael Schumacher's. Breaking records with the best of the best at Daytona and Le Mans.

It's an awesome story, told by an amazing man.

©2010 Ben Collins (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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6/10

Obviously Ben Collins is now well known but I was expecting more . The book starts off a slow burner with tales of Racing as a child and outlining his families role in his life then his army involvement ( wasn't expecting that ) but I sort of enjoyed the army stories more than the racing stories, the narration is not so great either but 2/3rds of the way through Ben's narration picks up,but still goes a long way short of enjoyable for me, and the anecdotes are a bit jolly japes calling Hammond " Hamo" bugged the hell out of me,but for the slightly younger Top Gear fan,this could be an eye opener and worth a listen.

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A good listen

I fair enjoyed this audiobook , the bit about his army training was very good , tells how ,why and what he did in the racing world , and how top gear came about , well worth your time

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didn't know what to expect

Thought this was an error purchase as Bens First contact as he read came across a bit meh! but I was wrong, and then it just got better and better and better the stig the cars the background and events for TG and specials comments. The crash and loss of his dad and the texts as we do and admission of loss.. The balls out and keeping his identity with held and keeping a family whilst making ends meet Narrated well by Ben the orange stretcher moment was described as well as the Ferrari and the blind driver as well as the descriptions of the TG team and that rocket car crash of Hammond Well worth the listen Thanks Think you need another.....

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The Stig Story

Ben gives an interesting insight into Top Gear as well as his racing career.

i enjoyed this book

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very enjoyable

it is nice to have ben reading his book..it feels like he is just talking away about his life and not reading it from the pages..

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Brilliant and infrormative reading, 5 stars

Superbly constucted story telling, you dont realise how much goes on in "Stigs" world .

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Fantastic

A good well writen story, Ben Collins as done a good job reading this book.

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I had to abandon three quarters of the way through. Very poorly written, a real shame.

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Ok

This was just ok, at times it was a little boring, thought it was going to be better. Can't recommend.

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Ok, just ok.

Some say he has an ego the size of Brazil......This is poorly written and lacks any real depth.
It would be good to understand a bit more about the ego in the white suit. Why did he leave TG? There is no detail where there needs to be explanation, and an ending which left me most disappointed.

Overall, dull.

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  • vincent
  • 26-05-11

Exit Stig Left...

This story is a real buzz. From his early obsession with aircraft, transforming into a junior cart racing and a meteoric rise to Le Mans and beyond Ben Collins tells a great story of overcoming incredible tests of charachter and endurance from special forces training to starring as the clandestine cult icon "The Stig" Lots of laughs, celebrity gossip, unlikely yet verifiably true situations with a touch of humble humanity,True grit and a fair sprinkle of colourful language. No flat spots in this tale, a high octane joyride with chequered flag. All you would expect and more 5 stars Ben

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  • Glenn
  • 11-08-13

The Stig rules!!

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

yes!!The untold story of a man of mystery!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man in the White Suit?

The indepth Army training was an revelation!!

What about Ben Collins’s performance did you like?

Read with conviction and humility.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Would The Real Stig Please Stand Up!!

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  • Carl
  • 09-05-13

BRILLIANT! Captivating from beginning to end.

Where does The Man in the White Suit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books Ive ever read. Only my favourite book ever ranks above this one. Its so good I almost could listen again straight away.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man in the White Suit?

The 2nd half of the book where you get a deep insight into the mind of The Stig and how production of the show Top Gear is done.

Have you listened to any of Ben Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First Ben Collins book and obviously his best.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Stig-a-riffic!

Any additional comments?

A must read for any Tog Gear fan. Even if your not, it may yet convert you.