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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQFEIW
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I must confess before I read this book I wasn't fully aware just how close friends Steve (Stavros) Parrish and Barry Sheene were, and some of their non season time partying 'activities' are the stuff of legends, some of which you will read about here. Your mother may not approve!
Overall I found the book enjoyable to read but apart from a some insights into Barry's (and his friends) antics within the confines of their close knit 'squadron' (both on and off the track) there wasn't a large amount of new material especially in respect of his famous horrific crashes at Daytona and Silverstone. What also surprised me was Barry portrayed by the contributors as an obsessional, insecure spoilt brat, traits which can be traced back to his childhood and the lenient upbringing by his parents, who bent over backwards to give Barry what he wanted. There is no question that Barry was used to having his own way in life, and this book does not hold back in this regard.Read more ›
It's not all bad. Barry's character is there in the stories and he is not diminished for me in exposing the very human nature of his character (both good and bad). Some very fine sporting biographies have been written and Barry deserved one more than most. It's a shame this isn't one of them.
Otherwise, the obvious concentration on Barry Sheen is expected as are some of his character faults.
Some excellent detail on events and the behind the scences activities of Sheene and Parrish. A stunning insight into the way race circuits were run back then.
Simply a great book.
Not a definitive biography. More a story of the friendship between Sheene & Parrish, should probably be called `Barry & Me'. Lots of interesting stories and anecdotes. However not much detail on the many epic races and comebacks from injuries, that Britain's greatest motorcycle racer incurred.
Enjoy the book, but don't expect a definitive biography.
It's disjointed and lacks the journalistic quality I would have expected from someone of Nick Harris'undoubted ability. It contains a lot of first-hand anecdotes and narrative but half the time you don't know who's relating them.
Too much about Steve Parrish and not enough about Barry Sheene who is portrayed as an insecure spoiled brat.
I had the pleasure of meeting Barry,albeit briefly,on two occaisions and both times was struck by his warmth and easy manner with the total strangers who besieged him everywhere he went.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If there is one person who is authorized to write this story, it is Steve Parrish. After all, he was part of it during most of Barry's racing carreer. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2012 by Jan
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