- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (1 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099486962
- ISBN-13: 978-0099486961
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"While the autobiography details everything you could want to know about him and his career, you don't need to be a bike fan to enjoy it. It is truly inspiring stuff - ..., to remain true to yourself and instead of following where the path may lead, to go where there is no path and leave a trail." (Emma Parker Bowles The Sun)
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Having watched racing for the past 3 or 4 years I only knew a little bit about motorcycle racing past and picking up this autobiography I was hoping to learn more of the past and I wasn't to be let down. However as much as we learn about Valentino the professional from this book, we can only read between the lines of the personal Rossi as the whole book is dedicated to his racing life, and as that is the purpose it feels disappointing to not see how his life shaped him into the man he is now.
The first couple of chapters are brilliant as Rossi reveals the reasons behind his controversial move from seemingly unbeatable Honda to apparently trashy Yamaha. Opening with this story it seems as though the racer wants to clear it up for fans. And its from there everything about his career comes out.
Growing up with different bikes, rivalries with Biaggi and Gibernau and a funny chapter on his celebrations, it is a dream for any fan. But shouldn't a biography include early life, relationships and school recollections? If that is what you are after you are forced to look elsewhere, which is very sad. And come the end of the book, the fact that he hasn't opened up or expressed any reference to his none biking past makes you wonder what he is truly like outside of work.
However the technical language will please any engineering enthusiast with his knowledge of the workings of a motorcycle. He knows what he's talking back and the proof of his concepts on screen are backed up by numerous references to the technical workings here.Read more ›
Any Vale fan needs to read this book, cant wait for more Rossi books to come out!!!
I thought it was great, and yes some things are lost in translation, but if the whole book was written in Vale's charming broken english, people would soon be complaining about that!
I thought it still showed what a cheeky spirited person he is, as we all can tell whenever he's interviewed.I laughed at the little escapades he tells of what he and his mates got up to back home, and his meticulous planning of his on-track pranks to entertain the crowd. A lot of sports personalities autobiographies can become weighed down with technical jargon and statistics, but this one for me, especially as i'm not an expert on motorbikes or racing, was very enjoyable.
I first became a fan of Valentino because i was forced to watch motoGP by my boyfriend, and being half-italian i would instantly pick the italian in any sport to cheer for, but at the end of the race when he'd won and was interviewed i LOVED HIM!
Vale is such a big character, and an even bigger natural talent, anyone who has not finished reading this book, please give it another go, it really is an entertaining read!
Thanks Vale, When's the next instalment??!
The problem with the book is that Vale hasn't lived enough of his life yet, and by his own admission failed to complete a full school education, and it shows with the construction and content of the book. The whole book has the feel of a long homework essay written by a teenager, although perhaps the translation into english might be to blame for this. Again due to his young age, Vale has little to fill the book with apart from drawn out repetitive anecdotes about his childhood and trackside pranks, and his limited outlook on life. His ability on a motorcycle and to surround himself with the best pit garage talent throughout his career, is beyond question, however his ranting about Honda for the 1st three chapters became a bore. I had the feeling throughout the book that Vale either isn't as interesting as we would like him to be, or isn't able to express his feelings articulately enough to make this book an interesting read.
It is easy to fall into the trap of saying that a product about something or someone is great simply by association with an individual or event that people hold in high regard, but in my view Valentino for the time being should have let his motorsport do the talking, and perhaps waited until he had completed his career in motorsport a decade or so from now, before writing a autobiography about his life.
If you want to read a better motorcycle racers auto\biography, try the Barry Sheene or Steve Hislop books both of which are a far more interesting and engrossing read.
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Rossi is the REAL God, not imaginary like the Christian one. What a man.Published 7 days ago by Mr. Gordon Mackenzie
Looking forward to giving this for a Christmas present would recommend to friends.Published 1 month ago by pamela.