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As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana | [Richard Hammond]

As You Do: Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana

The wry, honest and often hilarious chronicles of a very brave and clever TV presenter, Arctic Explorer and general drawer of the Short Straw. Moving quickly on from the devastating crash that nearly killed him he ranges widely over his life and times: a visit to Glastonbury with James May reminds of him of his early years of playing in a band and how and why he never quite made it as a rock star.
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The wry, honest and often hilarious chronicles of a very brave and clever TV presenter, Arctic Explorer and general drawer of the Short Straw.

Moving quickly on from the devastating crash that nearly killed him he ranges widely over his life and times: a visit to Glastonbury with James May reminds of him of his early years of playing in a band and how and why he never quite made it as a rock star; the stunts and other perils that come his way like the TopGear North Pole race (why is it Richard who is out in the howling elements in a dog sled whilst the others are in the heated cab of an all-terrain vehicle?), Africa where he falls in love with and repatriates a stray car, and the US (once to be chased by Rednecks in middle America, the other in pursuit of his mad hero Evel Knievel); his passion for cars, what he owns and why and although he loves his wife why it is a toss-up whether he says hello to the wife or the cars first. Balancing home and family with a crazy, peripatetic working life (or not, sometimes), the hamster is well and truly back on the wheel.

©2008 Richard Hammond; (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    Ron Sydney, Australia 06-10-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 06-10-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "A must for Top Gear fans"

    The sequel to "On The Edge", his first book after his horrific crash in the rocket car. Hammond's humour is one that we can all relate to. Even after becoming a huge celebrity and a successful family man and surviving a bone-chilling crash that should have killed him, he still writes with the innocence of a cheaky 10-year-old, but with the the intelligence of a graduate. His rants with his co-hosts are always hilarious and the tales of top-fueled craziness never left me wanting. Very well written, very well read. Great book. It was great to get another insight into his amazing life. And I feel like I know him like a friend after reading it. Definitely worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn 08-11-13
    Glenn 08-11-13
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    "Behind the Scenes with Hammond"
    What did you love best about As You Do?

    A different perspective on the Top Gear episodes I loved!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Hammond of course!!


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Himself!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His description of getting home in the floods was gripping!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rafael Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-06-12
    Rafael Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I only wish it had been unabridged!"
    Where does As You Do rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As You Do ranks high on the list. Richard Hammond's self effacing sense of humor makes for a very fun listen


    What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Do?

    His description of meeting the sled dogs in the arctic race was epic! Not to put in any spoilers, but he literally gets dragged across the ice and through pile after pile of "doggie deposits" while the dogs essentially ignore him (they are very big and powerful) in their quest to reach their owner, whom they really care about.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    This was narrated by the author, who does a fantastic job with the pacing and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    It's short, and full of laughs, I heartily recommend it.

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    2/21/09
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    "Dissapointing"

    I downloaded this as soon as it appeared and nowhere did the description mention how heavily edited this was. Agreed that it doesn't say unabridged but it would have been fair to say that a lot had been taken out. Whole chapters are missing from this version - not worth the money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anabella
    Worksop, Notts, United Kingdom
    2/20/09
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    "Good But Way Too Abridged - No Evel, No USA ?"

    This was a fun listen, Richard Hammond reads naturally and it's very 'boy's own adventure' in style. The book focuses on specific adventures - 3 of them and more than half of it is devoted to the polar adventure. The Botswana trip is dealt with quite quickly and then we have the floods in Gloucestershire. It's one thing to abridge a book for audio but this book is called As You Do - Adventures with Evel, Oliver & The President of Botswana. The USA trip and Evel Knievel do not feature at all and the Botswana trip with Oliver etc gets less time than the floods.

    I really was dissapointed that so much was missing because what there is, is very good. Abriding to remove sections of a book that are in the title is ridiculous though. It's also worth noting that this book may not be suitable for younger listeners as there is some bad language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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    "Very well read but where's the rest of my book?"

    First the good news. Richard Hammond puts as much warmth, care, excitement and enthusiasm into reading this as he does with "On the edge". It is really nice to hear the story in the author's own words as if they were telling you their stories down the pub. You can cry with him at the sad bits and laugh with him at the truly silly things he has done. Richard Hammond is very easy to listen to and I can never fault his way of story telling at that deserves 5 stars. Bad news....Even though it is well read I feel incredibly cheated by the creators of this "audio book". I feel cheated because if I bought a car and it only had 3 wheels when I should have four I would take it back and demand a refund. Same as if a CD of my favorite band's best hits only had 3 I recognized and a whole bunch of "B" sides that never made it past 30 something in the charts, I would take it back and yell and the poor pimply Saturday worker behind the counter. So If buy a book that says " My adventures with Evel, Oliver and the president of Botswana" I would expect it to have those in it. The Botswana story and Oliver feel like they are dealt with in a relatively short story to the Polar adventure which takes up at least double and a bit more. The story of the floods takes up the rest (around about a third or so of the book), and Evel is cut out of the book completely! I know it says abridged, but to cut out a story mentioned in the title (which I was looking forward to listening to) and keeping in the story of how he ran home one night to avoid the floods is UNACCEPTABLE. For that reason I give the story 1 star only....and a disappointed shake of my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carl
    Grantham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    12/4/09
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    "Modern day hero!"

    I have just finished the book and it was superb! Richard showed that he is a man of humour, family loyalty, great friendship and superhuman determination!

    His addition to many of the tales we have already (partially as it seems) heard is fantastic.

    I found myself at times literally laughing out loud...which is quite strange at 0530 whilst walking your dog!!!

    Download and enjoy!!!

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