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The Official Formula1 Opus eBook: The Whole Story [Kindle Edition]

Opus Media
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At 50cm square, 852 pages long and weighing in at 37kg The Official Formula 1 Opus was the biggest book on Formula One racing ever produced. The history of the sport has never been told in such depth, with so many exclusive interviews. The finest writers have been employed to capture the spirit and excitement of the most thrilling sport of them all and now the 300,000 words used to tell this amazing story are available to you in eBook format.
The Official Formula 1 Opus is a joyous celebration of Formula One motor racing - the definitive story that will take the reader on a journey from the era of swashbuckling heroes who took to the streets of Paris in their quest for speed, to the high tech, high-octane world of the modern sport. The foundation and dominance of the great teams - Ferrari, Lotus, Williams, McClaren and Red Bull; the drama and intrigue of how Bernie Ecclestone created the sport we know today; the classic rivalries; the triumphs and tragedies; the glamour and danger; the politics and chicanery and, of course, the men driving their car up to and beyond its limits in the pursuit of glory.
The cast of F1 legends featured includes Lewis Hamilton, Sir Jack Brabham, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda, Kimi Räikkönen, Sir Jackie Stewart, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and many, many more.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2462 KB
  • Print Length: 841 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Opus Media; 1 edition (10 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2VKLT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pictureless picture book 26 Jun. 2014
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It would appear that the physical copy of the book contains lots of large, lovely full-colour images, and some text scattered here and there occasionally, just for the sake of it. The eBook only has the text, which consists of individual chapters of a few pages long each, covering either races or drivers or circuits or eras or teams or cars, but in no discernible order whatsoever.
While it does make for interesting reading at first, the complete lack of cohesion between chapters and the endless repetition of the same facts does make it wearisome to read after a while.
It is also quite dated, which is surprising considering it first came out two years ago (2012), and the edition I downloaded is from 2013. Judging by the entry on Suzuka, that chapter was written in 2008 or 2009. And apparently the Osterreichring will never host a Grand Prix again.
As the Kindle version is £1997.05 cheaper than the cheapest physical copy of the book, one must wonder just how much the publishers value the actual writing in the book they're selling.
At the end of the day, it's passable as a coffee-table book (whereas the physical book appears to be passable as the coffee table itself), and is best enjoyed randomly reading a chapter here and there.
And as much as I admire Bernie, his Alan Sugar impression on the cover is - in my opinion - just plain silly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a good book in search of an editor 1 July 2014
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Nothing wrong with this worthy tome other than that it seems to lack even basic editorial input. Consequently there is continued repetition of content and some minor contradictions. An opportunity wasted
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read in my opinion 30 Aug. 2014
By David M
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One mans Opus, Opus No One in D minor perhaps? Not a good read in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magnificant 6 April 2014
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Superb writing truly brings the history of the sport I love to life. Hardly put it down since I downloaded it - except to watch today's Grand Prix off course.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Don't waste your money. 12 Mar. 2014
By W. D. Knipe - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed in the e-version of this book. The writing feels condescending. There are none of the beautiful illustrations or even the photos that were referred to in the description of the book when I bought it. Every time I see Ecclestone's picture pointing a finger at me on my Kindle's carousel, I get angrier...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor? 22 May 2014
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Terribly written, just terrible. No chronology that makes sense and endless redundancy makes this really a terrible read. A good editor would have made the writer employ some sense of continuity in the book instead of letting them simply splash down topic after topic without any apparent cohesion.
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