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Unless I'm Very Much Mistaken

Narrated by: Murray Walker
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

The voice of motor racing - and the man responsible for introducing millions of viewers to the previously inaccessible world of Formula 1 - tells the story of his incident-packed life.

Murray Walker is an institution. When the man who made famous the catchphrase 'Unless I'm very much mistaken... I AM very much mistaken!!!' announced that he was retiring as ITV's Grand Prix commentator at the end of the 2001 season, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars.

His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box - and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race.

In fact he's a throwback to another age who managed to survive and indeed prosper from the revolutions in motor racing. Murray writes about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father's achievements on the track, he made a successful career for himself in advertising which catapulted him to the top of his profession.

An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was manna from heaven for Walker, and it wasn't long before the infamous 'Murrayisms' enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last 50 years, in particular the safety issues which came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers make for fascinating listening.

©2002 Murray Walker (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wonderful to hear Murray's voice again

This is a great listen, having grown up with Murray as the voice of F1, it was awesome to hear the great man himself tell me about his early life, WWII exploits and life before the legendary commentary job took firm hold. Jumps about a little but this is endearing just like listening to his race coverage. Recommended thoroughly.

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Wonderful book.

This is a fast paced book full of energy and excitement. I would recommend it to anyone.

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brillant

was hooked on this from chapter one till finish if you are a Murray fan you should reads it

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For F1 fans only.

Not a great book, not a bad book, not my cup of tea, sorry Murray!

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Classic Murray

A real gem. The utterly wonderful world of a much loved bloke. He writes like he talks: with enthusiasm and passion.

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Great reminders of when I started watching F1

You can hear it's been copied from a CD so sound isn't always great. I laughed and cried at these great reminders from when I started following F1 and his Murrayisms

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excellent

brilliant so much more I didnt know about the legend Murray walker. a must read

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Really good overview from Murray himself

Great to hear more about Murray's life he's a legend a very interesting audio book.

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Fascinating listen - wish it was longer!

In this book Murray Walker gives a wonderful insight into his life in and out of motorsport, and is all narrated by the great man himself. And it wasn’t just his life as an F1 commentator that was interesting; his stories from the war and his career in advertising were equally compelling. In typical Murray Walker fashion, he narrates with passion for a subject he loves, respect for the people he talks about and with an energy that keeps you listening and wanting more. Brilliant, brilliant audiobook, just wished it lasted longer!

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Excellent Mr Murray Walker

Excellent listen, made even better by being narrated by the man himself. Too short though.