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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Oct. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQD3L2
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Top Customer Reviews
When I raced (on 3 wheels),yes I crashed, I was lucky, nothing more than bumps , bruises and concussion. I can't imagine what it is like to see your partner in a coma, wired to machines, Mindy's share of the book explains the helplessness,realisation and inner strength to help that recovery.
Superb book, glad I read it.
Life takes a dramatic turn after the crash and Mindy's account of her bedside vigil with Richard is beautifully written, heart-wrenchingly honest, painful, funny and poignant, as she recounts every tiny step Richard makes from coma to recovery. As someone who has sat in that chair next to the hospital bed of a seriously ill loved-one, I identify completely with her metaphorical elastic band, pulling her back to Richard every time she ventured to the coffee machine in the hospital. Without doubt her love played a huge part in Richard's healing.
Richard also writes candidly about his slow, painful and frightening recovery. His brutal honesty of how his brain injury affected him is humbling, and only serves to remind me of how precious and vital our consciousness and cognitivity are. I had no idea how terrified and confused brain injured patients can be. I admire enormously the courage and determination shown by Richard, who with the constant love and support of Mindy and his family, managed to gradually claw himself back through recovery, and most importantly enjoy life once again as a husband dad, son, brother, friend, colleague.
Thank you to both of you - brilliant.
Hammond skips through his childhood and early career in a breezy manner which allows the reader to understand how he came to where he is today without being bogged down in detail or feeling the story drags. His accident was horrific; his recovery was described as swift and miraculous by the media but behind the scenes the struggles were immense and still remain. His story is told in blunt detail; his honesty and that of his wife who co-narrates the book is to be commended. Above all though this is a love story. Love of friends, of family, and that of a husband and his devoted wife. Unmissable.
It has helped give me a truer picture & understanding of brain injury & the recovery process. I hope it will help anyone who may be affected by such an injury, either as patient or family member. To all the medics etc, thank you for returning the Hamster to our screens. To Richard & Mindy, thank you for being brave enough to revisit such dreadful events to tell us your stories.
200 or so pages are dedicated to the accident and his recovery - written by Hammand and his wife in unison. Mrs. Hammonds sections of the book, from the moment she heard of the crash to returning home weeks later, are incredibly touching and a demonstration of what love can enable you to do.
She copes with unimaginable stresses and does her all to help not only her husband but her entire family through this trying time.
All-in-all this is a touching story of a family dealing with brain injury, it just so happens the injured one is famous, and recovering afterwards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It's well written and an easy, insightful read.Published 4 months ago by Dizzy Dora
Tells the story of Richards life as a child and up to the time he got the job at top gear, the horrific accident in the jet powered car that very nearly killed him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J P Dutton
Excellent account of a family and friends going through the emotions of seeing a loved one dealing with a serious head injury.Published 14 months ago by David Albert Lees
Bought this, of course, because I love Top Gear and I was always wondering how bad that crash really had been. Quite bad, that's for sure. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Samy
Moving, brilliantly written story of Hammond's high speed car crash and recovery, and the part his loving wife played in recovery. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patrick L Dey
Nice insight of what happened that day and afterwards. Its a good read, but during the whole book I missed sensation of time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a strange product that I borrowed off Matt who found it in a bin near ASDA.
Anyway I toyed with the idea of reading it for several seconds before reminding myself that... Read more