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Watching the Wheels

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Paul Panting
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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Summary

The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.

Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his teammate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. Hill was faced with swirling emotions in light of the death of Senna, which was a defining moment for his generation of drivers, and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.

Courageously honest and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face of or near certain death.

©2016 Damon Hill (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A Champion and a Gentleman

As a fan of Damon's back in the glory days of F1 it was humbling to be allowed to enjoy such a frank honest appraisal of his time in F1. It was fascinating to learn of his struggles in formula 1 within the context of the mental challenges he has been put through. From the years leading up to his father's tragic accident right the way through to his tough (and from the outside, confusing) final year at Jordan, this book is fascinating for its motoring and human insights.

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Watching The Wheels

Fascinating insight behind the scenes of Damon's career, highly recommended. A must for Formula One fans

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great listen

Very good insight to Damons life.
the tears laughter and cheers for are F1 Champion.
only problem about chapter 20 Narrator ends the book ....

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URGENT EDITING REQUIRED

This is a brilliant book.

However 3 hours and 33 minutes left it is interrupted by several retakes of audio. The narrator says sorry a few times before re reading sections. PLEASE look at this before too many people download this book.

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Brilliant!

A really interesting and inspiring insight into Damons life experiences, mind and the world of Formula One. After reading this I respect his achievements even more, a true champion! Damon, thank you for sharing.

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Amazing - beyond my expectations

OK, I wouldn't normally read books about people. Books for me are fiction; escaping from reality. However, this book changed my view. The honesty, and intelligence with which it is written is extraordinary. I have. Nothing to say, but please read this!!! (What let's it down however, is the messy editing of the recording; leaving the middle part of the book confusing due to studio error I imagine; as an X broadcaster myself. I'm sure you will never read this Damon, but thank you!

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  • Carl
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Pole position

Struggling to come to terms with his father, Graham's, tragic death and living in his enormous shadow before, during and after his demise, Damon Hill decides to embark on a racing career. Full of doubts about his own ability and coming to terms with the doubts of others in his ability as a racer, his drive and determination leads him to the F1 world championship. It's a remarkable story.
We also learn of Damon's battle against depression and anxiety after his retirement from F1.
Damon seems a genuinely decent guy, perhaps too nice for the cut and thrust of F1. That's how he comes across anyway, but there is shaft steel running through him. It's easy to forget that Damon raced with and against some of F1's greatest ever champions -- Senna, Prost, Mansell and Schmacher. They all feature in his book and he managed to beat them all at various times during his career. It's a great book and well worth a listen.

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Fascinating

Racing history as it happened. Things I remember and now know the background to them. Also the human side of the huge F1 stars that Damon raced with and prevailed over.
I remember Graham Hill’s tragic death so it was with interest that I listened to the circumstances surrounding it that only a family member would know. Damon has certainly had his share of sadness to deal with but it was even more difficult for him loosing such a famous father. It marked him out within his peer group. Never really considered how that can affect you. A very interesting book and not just for F1 racing enthusiasts. I was hooked.

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A Good Story Worth Listening To

A good story about Damon's early life, rise to fame and the ups and downs along the way. Really good to see a bit behind the man who, by his own omission and through circumstance, pretty much pulled the shutters down on the world. Also to realise his success and fortune were not so much a product of his father as of Damon himself. He's clearly a good hearted man, devoted father and husband and fine human being.

An easy and interesting listen with reasonable narration which helps. Would have been nice to hear it from Damon himself but the chosen narrator seems pretty close to what you would imagine such that you often forget it is not Damon. Maybe a bit more detail about F1 and the actual cars/racing would have been nice but that's nit picking really. Would have given 4.5 stars if I could as better than 4 but not quite 5 :-).

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Fantastic

Well done Damon !! A very emotional story of yours and your family’s life you made it through ...

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