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The Voice of Rugby

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Bill McLaren
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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From his days growing up in Scotland to his harrowing experiences fighting in Italy during World War Two, Bill McLaren has always been in the thick of it. Used to being caught up in the most dramatic moments rugby has ever seen, McLaren relives the highlights of his illustrious career, and talks of the game today and his regrets that rugby went professional. He is a fierce critic of professional rugby, fearing for the future health and safety of rugby players as the modern game becomes increasingly dangerous. His story amounts to a history of the game itself and reaffirms McLaren's status as something of a global treasure.
©2004 Bill McLaren (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

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"Bill McLaren, the legendary commentator, may have hung up his microphone, but moving words still flow." ( Daily Telegraph)
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The voice of Rugby speaks

Bill McLaren, the voice of rugby.
Read, by the great man, with both passion and humour.
A real incite into a life lived to the full, doing something he enjoyed, and getting paid!

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Great book narrated by the great man himself

Bill McLaren is know the world over as the voice of rugby and it was an absolute delight to hear him tell his life story. I had a great deal of respect for Bill before hearing his story but this is a rare case of someone actually going up in my estimation after reading their autobiography. The stories of his exploits during the second world war and his fight against TB are truly inspiring. Even if your not interested in Rugby I'd still recommend this book.

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The voice of my early rugby days

Growing up in South Africa in the 60’s & 70’s without television, Bill McLaren was the man who rugby games come alive as we listened to his commentary. His incredible knowledge & his research gave so much to the game. When we finally got television South Africa was in the wilderness with the mighty Springboks excluded until the the early 90’s & their triumph in their first Rugby World Cup in 95. I always loved his voice & his love for the game was evident as well as his ability to remain unbiased, especially when his beloved Scotland were playing. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Brilliant

This was an excellent listen 🎶🎶
So much more than I knew about the legend that still is Bill McLaren

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The Only Voice Of Rugby!

Just a very, very enjoyable listen to the arguably the greatest and most recognised rugby commentator ever.

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Inspirational

Thank you Bill for Sharing this and your Pearls of Wisdom along with your Rugby Memories ❤🏉👨‍🎓👍

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what a man and voice

Genuinely one of the best audio books I have listened to. The author as the narrator in that ever known voice makes it even better and more real

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rugby legend<br />

legend bill mclaren moving and brilliantly read thanks bill well done to you great book