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As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana Hardcover – 18 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297855204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297855200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Hammond's] prose reveals him as a thoughtful, decent, generous-hearted man. He is capable of humility and his jokes are funny. As You Do is an unpretentious, well-built vehicle with pleasantly surprising extras and more speed and manoeuvrability than you would have thought. (EVENING STANDARD)

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The life and times of the 2007 No1 bestselling author of ON THE EDGE

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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK READ BY RICHARD HAMMOND.

As this is a review on the audio book I will focus more on that aspect.
I bought this not expecting much in the way of entertainment but admit I was pleasantly surprised.

It is rather good I am glad to say.
It certainly brightened up several car journeys as I listened to Richard narrating his book.

Now that Top Gear has been torpedoed by the BBC this will be one way to get out Top Gear Fix- well that and 'Dave'.

Richard Hammond is just himself in the book and the narration which is really refreshing. His background was in radio and he has a really good voice.
The book goes along at a fair pace and Hammond's reminiscences are really refreshing and new.
Now that may seem strange because the focus of the book is his adventures on Top Gear which, thanks to the TV channel 'Dave' have been repeated many times.
So the audience is familiar with the story as in the example of the race to the Pole.
But there you would be wrong.
Richard tells us he lost- well came second to Jeremy and James but his story of how he got there and all the things that happened really make the book refreshing and really interersting.
The book simply adds a new edge and dimension to a well watched show and really enhances both.
I can watch the episodes again, still enjoy them but the book has given me a new understanding.
Wonderful.
'As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana' is a long title but justified.
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Those looking for an in depth insight into the behind the scenes goings on of Top Gear, or a personal diary from Richard similar to the style of his `on the edge' publication then this book isn't for you. But if what you want is a light read that is easy to dip in and out of when you get a moment, this book is ideal. Light hearted in approach and jovial in tone, it covers the stories of his significant filmed events over the past year and his feelings and thoughts around those challenges. Personally I think Richard went back into the throws of Top Gear too soon and this book does at times show this, particularly with his reactions to certain situations (other peoples I-pod songs and his obsession with his clothing and the colour of his harley rental before meeting Evel for example).

Some say... that Hammond should take heed, slow down and curl up with a cup of coco after his accident. But others like me say good on you Richard for finding the strength to carry on and doing what you love. Without the Top Gear show and people like Richard our world be utterly dominated by back to back soap operas, expensive phone line dancing\singing\'talent' contests and tacky quiz shows. Top Gear and the presenters on it give us some sanity and relief from this mainstream dross, and long may they continue..
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Uneven but fascinating to get to know the characters behind the scenes and to find out about the real close relationships with the people you never normally hear about. Very interesting about the North Pole and Botswana but peters out later and loses momentum. For true Top Gear fans only.
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Hamster comes across very well on TV and I was expecting a similar level of humour here. Sadly, it's lacking. A disproportionate amount of the book is taken up with the Arctic adventure, going into rather obsessive detail, so much so that it became very dull indeed. The other stories are interesting, but I think that more anecdotes could have been put in on different aspects of the programme. He does not write nearly as well as the other two, but his background is broadcasting rather than written journalism. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the language is way too strong as his fan base will include children. Clarkson did comment once that Hammond is prone to swearing (a lot), but it should have been edited out of the book. It isn't big and it isn't clever Richard, so please keep it out of your books. As a TG fan I'd be interested in future books, but I think I'll be getting them from the library rather than buying them. I guess that as TG is now a 'brand' we can expect more 'product', let's just hope it isn't dashed out whilst they're all still on the crest of the current massive wave...
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For Christmas Hannah gave me a copy of As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana by Richard Hammond.

The book focuses on four major stories:

The Top Gear North Pole challenge
Driving across Botswana for Top Gear
Running 17 miles through floods in Gloucestershire to be at his daughter's birthday
Interviewing Evel Knievel
I always find Richard Hammond to be highly personable and enjoy Top Gear so was interested to read some of his reflections following "that crash". I hoped to gain further insight into how Top Gear works: how do they come up with the challenges, how do they really rip apart their cars and build them into some sort of new monstrosity

The book gives some good background to the North Pole challenge, and to his interviewing of Evel Knievel, but not much more. I found the story of how he ran seventeen miles across the floods in Gloucestershire amusing but not something I'd re-read again.

It is an entertaining book, but not one I'd rush out to buy.
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