As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana Hardcover – 18 Sep 2008
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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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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.
'As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana' is a long title but justified.Read more ›
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..
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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Hamster regales us of tales from his epic slog to the magnetic north pole... After reading the book I knew how he felt. Some say it could of been funnier...Published 5 months ago by Fonzie
Whilst he had already gained some attention by hosting Sky One's "Brainiac: Science Abuse" and BBC 2's "Top Gear", what really brought Richard Hammond to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
Very good read. Would recommend it to friends and family.
Richards very informative but fun too. Read more
I enjoyed reading this book and could imagine Richard Hammond telling the stories and making them funny as I turned the pages. Definitely a must read if your a fan of top gear.Published 23 months ago by Bubbles