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Blade Runner

Blade Runner [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Pistorius
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"This is a tale that needs to be told, a tale of love, death and massive determination." (Daily Mail)

"An extraordinary story." (Financial Times)

"An inspirational story - he's a walking, sprinting miracle." (The Scotsman)

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The inspirational story of the first Paralympian to compete at the Olympic Games

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, some good funny stories too 18 Nov 2011
By Mairi
Great read, has quite a few funny stories and good photos in it too. This book makes you think about disability differently. Amazing guy, really down to earth too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of the cyborg? 4 Jan 2010
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a really good emphasis on Oscar being an athlete, and the attitude expected of him. There too are some surprising bits of information and how he has become the fastest lower limb amputee sprinter in the world.

Naturally, the book includes the cause of the disability up until the trial against the IAAF in 2008. There are also some nice family pictures and some official pictures.

This book is really good to read if you want to gain another perspective of disability sport and how different media act on his (dis)ability.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blade Runner 29 July 2013
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Choosing to begin reading this after the Valentine's tragedy was probably not the best idea, but I'm glad I did. It reveals a dedicated young man with no volatile traits, no violent streaks. Some may say that, because he wrote it, he could have left memories & incidents out. But I don't think so. He talks of loves that have come and gone, his hardships, his ambitions. This book is worth reading, if you're not one who doubts his story of what happened on that fateful night.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simply amazing 26 Jun 2010
This should be read by anyone who is feeling hard done by or down on themselves.

It shows how we really can overcome anything that life throws at us. The guy really is an inspiration!

It's a very readable book that describes his emotions very well especially when he talks about his ban from 'able-bodied' competition. His fight against it shows how we should all react to things put in our path to stop us.

I love his philosophy on competition that it is only ever with yourself and that is the person you are trying to better.

I adore Oscar and definitely think his story should be shared with everyone. This book made me think and it made me admire this amazing guiy even more than I did before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 18 Mar 2013
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I really liked this book it was very well written. I find it interesting to read this at this time as I find it so hard to believe someone who has worked so hard has done something to ruin his whole life. The book shows that it is possible to do anything if you put your mind to it, also it shows he would not have have achieved as he has if he had not been born with the disability.He sees the possitive things that come from his disability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Mar 2013
By Angie
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It was an honest and open story of his childhood and his entrance into the world athletics
stage. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend to others to read it as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the man! 20 Sep 2012
By Otto
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I just finished reading 'Blade Runner' and highly recommended it to everyone whether a fan or not. Don't expect a morose sob-story though, it was a totally positive and uplifting (and humorous) account of his life so far. He does give glimpses of his private life though there's no tacky dirty-laundry airing here, it's all very tasteful. It was also a great insight into his athletics and what goes through his mind during these meets.
Hopefully there will be a follow-up book covering his post-2008 years (I know this latest edition has been updated with Chapter 12 covering the last couple of years but it's too brief. Still, I am glad he explained his tattoos as I did wonder what they said). It would definitely be worth reading about his London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic (which I was lucky enough to go to) experiences!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is the BEST! 26 Jan 2013
By mrsf
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im a big fan to start with, but this book is amazing! im not a huge reader, but could NOT put this down! read it in 3hours! and many many times since! buy and read this incredible and inspiring story, you will not be disappointed and is beautifully illsutrated with many personal family photos too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect
One of the best books I've read, I would recommend it to anyone. Especially able bodied people so they can see what a disabled person goes through.
Published 10 days ago by lisa roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
this book is very well written and I laughed and I cried. It is certainly a book that everyone should read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by g c robertson and Liam robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars blade runner
my aunt loved the book. It is so sad that the story is marred by the trial in South Africa of Pistorius girlfriend's murder.
Published 3 months ago by tricky
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Now that hes been charged with the murder of his girlfriend,I see hes been named the gun runner,
with a long history of violence,had the public been aware of his past history... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Speight
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is Ocar Pistorius?
I have just finished this very shallow autobiography of the Blade Runner. I am a great admirer of the man's achievements and he is a very determined person, but I did not find out... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rosie Gamgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming tale of tenacity
Oscar Pistorius recoints the story of his childhood and explains what turned him into the most successful Paralympian ever. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RoudoudouMichele
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I received this book as a Christmas present. It only took me 4 nights to read this book and I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing about his hidden life.
The tragic events have all but made this redundant. However, I was surprised to see there was no mention of his bipolar disorder, events at Wilton Manors bar or his time in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Gillingwater
2.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational story but.......
This was an ok biography and I came away feeling that I knew very little about Oscar Pistorius. In light of recent events I look forward to reading the unauthorised edition.
Published 13 months ago by Ms. Kristel Knights
4.0 out of 5 stars Hints of trouble to come
I received this book as a Christmas gift and when Oscar hit the news headlines on St Valentine's Day I moved the book forward on my reading list. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Noel
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