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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (29 Jun 2006)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340833947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340833940
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,286,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What seeps through the pages is Benaud's passion for the game, his open-mindedness and his eye for a story. He has become a cricket institution. (The Sunday Times)

His timing is magical, his phrasing simple and his choice of what and when, quite brilliant... his heart beats upon our summer game and frequently acts as its conscience. (Daily Telegraph)

It's his insight, loyalty, generosity and quick wit that has kept him at the very top. (The Sun)

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A Sunday Times top ten bestseller in hardback, this is a hugely enjoyable celebration of the game of cricket, written by its most popular TV commentator.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By London Student on 1 Feb 2006
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the majority of other reviews on this one - a deeply disappointing read. I've read most of his previous books but this is the only one that had me counting the pages to the end of the chapter. Much of what I read in this I had read before in his other books - if I had the energy it might even turn out to be an exact copy from them. To some extent Benaud's hallowed tones do come through the written word, but there's far too much emphasis on 1950's NSW teams and how great they were - fine if that's what you want to read about but it has nothing to do with a 'Spin on Cricket' which I hoped would be full of the usual interesting angles on contemporary events. 'My Money-spinner on Cricket' would be closer to the mark. If it were anyone but Benaud I'd have given it 1 star, but some sort of loyalty prevented me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. H. Diffley on 27 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself a fan of Richie Benaud and take great pleasure over the years in listening to his marvelous commentaries. However, this book came as quite a shock - it rambling nonsense and worse - plain dull.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
Richie Benaud is rightly respected as a great commentator on the game, but this book does not do him justice. It is rambling, repititive and needs a good edit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caterkiller on 24 Jan 2006
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This audiobook suffers from the fact that it was written prior to the 2005 Ashes series which renders it slightly out of date. Benaud concentrates too much on the distant past of cricket, particularly Australian cricket, so anyone who is both English and born after 1950 is unlikely to find these extracts particularly engrossing. Some of the narrative is of the "that was the finest 8 over spell bowled from the pavilion end at Brisbane under cloud that I can recall" type, which makes it seem like Richie is actually at a live match, not reminicing about one played twenty years ago. The saving grace is Richie's voice: he is truly the vocal embodiment of cricket (with the possible exception of Brian Johnson) it's just a shame that what he has to say is so dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID KNOWLES on 9 Jun 2007
Format: Hardcover
A mistake to start my reading of Benaud books with this one. Disjointed and with large chunks of reminiscense of little interest to the "younger" cricket lover. I got the feeling that Benaud could write a good biography of one of his fellow players as he obviously has passion for the game and has been there and done it! This book, however, deserves a place on the shelf in the corridor of uncertainty.
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