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The Test

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Test, the stunning autobiography from rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, read by Aidan Kelly.

Between 1999, when he made his international debut, and his retirement in 2014, there was no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll.

In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade - and since then the legend has only grown. Along the way he was tested - by personal loss, off-the-field pressures, and career-threatening injuries.

The Test is a book about how he took on those challenges - how a world-class talent developed a world-class work ethic and temperament. As he lost his youthful pace, O'Driscoll's reinvented himself as a player, revealing the remarkable character and drive behind the glittering gifts. In the latter years of his career, he put in a sequence of gladiatorial performances that etched themselves into the minds of every rugby fan every bit as indelibly as the legendary early tries in Paris and Brisbane.

Honest, gritty, and thoughtful, The Test is not just an essential sports book. It is an essential book about family, friends, hard work, courage, and imagination.

©2014 Brian O'Driscoll (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Brilliant

Best biography I've listened to, well done to all involved. A must if you like or love rugby.

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Bland

This book gave little or no real insight into O'Driscoll as a person. Really bland.

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Great sports read

This book was very enjoyable especially for anyone who plays a sport at its top level, found it very relatable,

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  • Ronan
  • United Kingdom
  • 09-12-18

Not as good as I expected

This is a very safe autobiography which didn't ruffle any feathers, I would have expected more reaction to the Spear Tackle. Saying that, it is a very interesting chronology of Leinster and Ireland matches but there just wasn't a lot of the man himself revealed. The narrator clearly isn't a rugby fan as some of his pronunciations of player names are woeful.

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Good read - Recommended for rugby fans

Enjoyable and well written but spoiled somewhat by narrator's mistakes when naming well known players. Roughly 100% of this books audience know the big names like Sean O'Brien (not Shane O'Brian) and Kevin Mealamu so it pulls you out of the story when they are ready wrong or mispronounced. Other than that good performance and enjoyable book.

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A great insight into the mind of a legend

Great listen and sounds so like him! great insights and an honest account of events

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Very enjoyable

Very well read. the reader sounds just like Brian. the story is a great insight into professional sports and all the adventures he went through

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not bad

its a decent book.there are too many nick names in the descriptions though, so if your not a huge rugby fan you won't have a clue,it would be nice to know the full names.also if i wanted play by play description s of rugby games id watch them on tv.there are way too many in this book.i feel we don't get to know enough about the man him self BOD.

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Compelling account of a fantastic career

Excellent from the first page. An honest account of one of the greatest rugby careers of all time by one of the greatest players of all time. Open and honest about his life, off the pitch as well as on. A humble superstar, this is a great read.

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Cracking listen, well narrated

Great insight into BOD. Does leave you wondering what he would have done without rugby.

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  • Edward
  • 27-06-15

Lacked depth

Great Irish legend, but the book only ever skimmed the surface of Ireland's greatest ever rugby player.