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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Feb. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0077CBUDU
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Top Customer Reviews
There are several problems with this book.
1. The author, although clearly a fan of the show, does little in the way of discussing how the show's production works, how decisions are made and he does not really delve deep into the inner workings of the show. This is what I'd been hoping for. Rather, he merely picks out episodes and describes what happened in them, and if like me you've seen every episode of Top Gear, or even if you haven't, there just seems to be little point in reading a description about something when you can actually watch the relevant episode and enjoy it for yourself.
2. In discussing the presenters, Clarkson, Hammond, May and even the Stig, the author tells you nothing about them that you won't discover yourself by reading their newspaper articles/memoirs, which are published in book format every year. Even a brief glance at any internet search results will tell you the basics that are covered in this book and with none of the cost. In terms of the Stig, the author dedicates but one chapter to last year's legal battle, and doesn't tell you anything that you wouldn't have known from either watching the news or reading Ben Collins' autobiography on the subject (which by the way is an enjoyable and revealing read, even if it lacks some of the literary prowess of Clarkson et al.).
3. Having read many books by the three presenters, and having watched every show, there are also some glaring mistakes in the book.Read more ›
the writing style is that of a local newspaper journalist, and often he states his own opinion as if it mattered, this book is pure trash and I advise anyone thinking of buying it to watch the repeats on television or the internet and igonre this truly terrible excuse for literature
i did find it very dull in parts because its just narrating an episode which we all can do in our head, not much thougth went into the structure of the book, the title itself will get sales but sadly i dont think the author has much credibility as we could have all written this with little effort
If you're a Top Gear fan then you'll find it a bland, factual recycling of things you already knew. If you're not a Top Gear fan then I don't see why you'd be interested in it.
I am a Top Gear fan and was given this book as a present by my wife. It is tempting to suspect that the book was put together in order to tap into the market for wives and sweethearts looking for a gift for Father's Day, Xmas or whatever.
(Hint to wives everywhere: personally I found Ben Collins book "The Man in the White Suit" to be a more interesting read.)
Don't judge a book by it's cover, but in this case the cover is a good indication of what is inside. Take a glance and you can see that the cover image is put together from recycled bits and pieces. Four separate images of the presenters plus the Stig have been pasted together over a generic background. The presenters are looking in slightly different directions and not at the camera. The back cover uses the same background and the same Stig pasted in a slightly different way.
However it is a non-authorised book so I guessed I shouldn't be too surprised by a montage that looks like it was put together from amateur shots taken at a motor show. I dove on into the book.
Normally I finish the things I start. With this book I didn't get past Chapter 8 out of 21.
Maybe you would read further. But I don't see why you would choose to do so unless you had a lot of time to waste. If you are going to be reading this book then probably you are a Top Gear Fan. Probably you don't need the book to tell you that the program format has evolved over the years. Probably you don't need the book to tell you that Jeremy Clarkson can exaggerate and is sometimes controversial.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a waste of time. Other reviewers have stated that this book adds nothing whatsoever if you have actually seen the programme - I could not agree more. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard H
This was a present for my daughter's boyfriend and he loves all things to do with Top Gear so when I saw this, I just had to get it for him - he loved itPublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Pauline
I agree with all reviews which categorize this book as "rubbish", it's not even "ambitious, but rubbish". Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Barbara Albritton
this book is rubbish if you have watched the programme before. the info is what you already know and you can fly through the book in no timePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by Graham Ward
Well written funny and informs you about the goings on behind the scenes.leaves you're in no doubt how much you associate with the three presenters their individual characters and... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by Bill
from the top... this book gives the inside scoop into the making of Top Gear. there are useful introductions to the Stigs and all three presenters. Read morePublished on 6 April 2013 by David
I enjoyed reading this book, good use of language and easy to understand and follow unlike some other books, if u like top gear, get this book.Published on 29 Nov. 2012 by Good
Just like to thank Amazon for having this book.It's one I had not seen as I love Top Gear and like to collect everything I can. Read morePublished on 23 May 2011 by Moodyblue