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The Test

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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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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One for rugby lovers.

Really gets into BODs career, telling the tails of many of his most memorable performances. Small details made the man, and they make the book excellent for the fan.

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one of the all time greats on the field, very enjoyable listen and a real insight into his life and effort that went into turning him into the best 13 ever to wear the Lions jersey

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The Test

Superb from start to finish. Exceptional career and great to hear all the anecdotes

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  • 27-11-19

Great instalment in the rugby history books!

Great prospective on all the competitions, defining games and tours of the last few years in the game!!!

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very honest book

loved it and felt like it was written from memory and not researched from tv replays and match stats. He s very humble man who comes across as just, a normal guy who just so happened to be deadly at rugby.

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Fantastic story about a wonderfuly talented guy.

I always watched rugby whenever England was playing,if it was against Ireland I knew I was in for a treat. Brian was a pleasure to watch. This book is fascinating. What wonderful support you enjoyed from your family, this really comes over in the book. All your struggles ,success, physical pain , doubts and fears are laid bare in this truthful narrative. Excellent listen, .highly recommended.

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A decent listen

Read well and informative, I felt it was too nice ie there was a lot more going on but he doesn’t open up completely.
If you’re a rugby fan it will fill in some blanks.

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Great listen .

Loved every bit of it.
More interesting because read by BOD himself.
THANKS FOR MEMORIES !

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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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  • 27-06-15

Lacked depth

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