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On the Edge [Audio Download]

by Richard Hammond (Author, Narrator), Mindy Hammond (Narrator)
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 8 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Oct 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQD3L2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2008.

Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life. For such a lively and intelligent communicator, TV beckons and he becomes one of the daredevil trio, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who make such an enormous world-wide success of the revamped BBC-TV programme Top Gear.

He describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which they entertain their weekly audiences until the day of his 300 mph crash that took Top Gear off the air and plunged a nation into mourning. The day of the crash, his rescue and the flight to hospital in a coma are described, and then Mindy recounts the anxious waiting until he finally emerges from his coma to immediately pull out all his life-support equipment.

Richard then pieces together the stages of recovery as his shattered mind slowly reforms. We learn exactly what happened to him and the milestones in his slow recovery to full health. The final chapter recounts the return to Top Gear and the screening of the events of that fateful day.

©2007 Richard Hammond; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving... 31 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, after all, with all the press coverage you would think that you knew pretty much everything that there was to know about "The Hamster" and his accident on the 20th September 2006. However I was surprised and incredibly moved. The brutal honesty with which both Richard and Mindy described what they went through during that difficult time was compulsive if sometimes a little uncomfortable reading, and once I started the book I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting and am not ashamed to say that at times it reduced me to tears.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why this is good. 5 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
For a couple to go into so much depth about their most personal moments is very brave, Richard and Mindy Hammond have done so with great dignity. I enjoyed this book very much because I knew that the ending was a happy one, but the book takes you through so much it is sometimes hard to remember that fact. I hope it really does help families going through similar trouble.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected but very touching 19 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book is not an in-depth autobiography of the popular TV presenter. His life up until 2006 is dealt with sparingly in the first 60-odd pages and then he drives to Yorkshire to do a film about driving a jet-car...

200 or so pages are dedicated to the accident and his recovery - written by Hammand and his wife in unison. Mrs. Hammonds sections of the book, from the moment she heard of the crash to returning home weeks later, are incredibly touching and a demonstration of what love can enable you to do.

She copes with unimaginable stresses and does her all to help not only her husband but her entire family through this trying time.

All-in-all this is a touching story of a family dealing with brain injury, it just so happens the injured one is famous, and recovering afterwards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true love story 20 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
I read this book in two days as I couldn't put it down. It has left me with such a high regard for Richard and Mindy and the ordeal that the two of them had to overcome. I'm sure it will help people who may have suffered simlar injurys themselves or more importantly the members of their famlilies having to cope with the aftermath. Mindy showed such patience, understanding and strenth, that the book turned into a true love story of her enduring love for Richard and his love for her. This book is a must have!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have always been a huge fan of top gear and of richard hammond, so back in 2006 i was devastated to hear of his accident and followed his progress intently. when he released his autobiography i at first did not bother to buy it as i thought it would be just like all other autobiographies, quite boring. This was bought for me as a christmas present and i have to say although i have not yet finished it, it is an awe-inspiring story of amazing bravery and the power of love. It tugs at the heart strings and is very humbling. i have to admit this book has had me in tears many times, it is a very personal account of what happened and his recovery, not only from richard but also from his wife mindy. I would recommend this book to anyone, but i would also recommend to keep a box of tissues nearby whenever you pick it up to read!!! Oh and to all of you people who are slagging him and his wife off saying that this is a shameless cash in, you should be ashamed of yourselves, clearly none of you know what it is like to lose somebody to a car accident. i lost my brother in law to a car crash and i found that the best therapy for me and the best way to cope was to write down everything that had happened every day for months following his death, and write down all of my emotions and feelings and things that people had said to me and that i had said to them. It helped me to organise my emotions and feelings in my head and this in turn helped me to deal with the shock of the accident and come to terms with his death. I honestly believe that this is the same for richard and mindy and that this book was written as part of the healing process for both of them and that mindy has also written her parts so richard knows what happened as of course he wont remember, and i think it was written to set the record straight about what really happened to him during and after the accident.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting. It's not just for car fanatics; it is for anyone who has suffered serious injury, or anyone who has been in love. It is also, unlike many autobiographies, exceptionally well written.

Hammond skips through his childhood and early career in a breezy manner which allows the reader to understand how he came to where he is today without being bogged down in detail or feeling the story drags. His accident was horrific; his recovery was described as swift and miraculous by the media but behind the scenes the struggles were immense and still remain. His story is told in blunt detail; his honesty and that of his wife who co-narrates the book is to be commended. Above all though this is a love story. Love of friends, of family, and that of a husband and his devoted wife. Unmissable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real insight into brain injury 3 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
An amazing, compelling book. I couldn't put it down. Richard & Mindy share with true honesty & courage their story (stories?) after Richard's crash and its aftermath. It is a very moving book, making me cry more than once. But it is also an awe-inspiring book about recovery from a near-tragic event & of two people who fall in love all over again as a result.

It has helped give me a truer picture & understanding of brain injury & the recovery process. I hope it will help anyone who may be affected by such an injury, either as patient or family member. To all the medics etc, thank you for returning the Hamster to our screens. To Richard & Mindy, thank you for being brave enough to revisit such dreadful events to tell us your stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Love little Hammy - so think his books are a must. They are well written - easy reading and very interesting. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Angi
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave man, even braver family
This book kept me enthralled as we walked through the days following Richard's accident almost hour by hour. So glad he is well.
Published 20 days ago by Lakelander
5.0 out of 5 stars My new fav book
One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Couldn't put it down, he opens up and also allows his wife to open up on what I imagine was the hardest experience of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shaun Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
I am not a top gear fan. But this was recommended to.me by an ex racer friend of mine who had suffered a brain injury. I read it in 3 sittings. Couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I read this whilst i was in a neurological rehab unit after suffering a traumatic brain injury after an accident. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars On the Edge
Read this book to understand more about TBI which my brother is recovering from. Some helpful insights but found the book drawn out.
Published 2 months ago by Fiona
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
Couldn't get into it, boring read and haven't even finished it despite buying it years ago. Maybe one day I'll finish it.
Published 3 months ago by moomin
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and helpful
I would recommend this book to anyone who has had, or is dealing with someone with, a head injury. The book is sometimes funny, sometimes touching but it does provide some insight... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. W. Chester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
A moving inspiring account of what was a tragic time in their lives. Loved the way you get to read both his memories and Mindys.
Published 5 months ago by l symmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Unbelievable insight into hamster's life before and after the accident. Impossible to have understood what they all went through without this cracking tale to help us go on their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by john james
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