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On the Edge | [Richard Hammond]

On the Edge

Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life.
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Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life. For such a lively and intelligent communicator, TV beckons and he becomes one of the daredevil trio, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who make such an enormous world-wide success of the revamped BBC-TV programme Top Gear.

He describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which they entertain their weekly audiences until the day of his 300 mph crash that took Top Gear off the air and plunged a nation into mourning. The day of the crash, his rescue and the flight to hospital in a coma are described, and then Mindy recounts the anxious waiting until he finally emerges from his coma to immediately pull out all his life-support equipment.

Richard then pieces together the stages of recovery as his shattered mind slowly reforms. We learn exactly what happened to him and the milestones in his slow recovery to full health. The final chapter recounts the return to Top Gear and the screening of the events of that fateful day.

©2007 Richard Hammond; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    Cindy Bryanston, South Africa 08-04-12
    Cindy Bryanston, South Africa 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit disappointing!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok, I expected a bit more so was quite disappointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It was the Rob Louw book -Stories I only tell my friends' and WHAT A DIFFERENCE and I've fallen in love with audiobooks story telling


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ?

    No


    Did On the Edge inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    While Richard is enormously Entertainng on TV I was slightly disappointed in how his voice translates in audible. His wife has 'cute voice' but not for audio

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ascetic Seattle, WA USA 04-18-09
    ascetic Seattle, WA USA 04-18-09 Member Since 2000

    ascetic

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    "Good, would have been better unabridged"

    Interesting story from an interesting guy, but it felt like they chopped a lot of detail for the abridged version. Would have been a much better listen as unabridged. :(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Glentunnel, New Zealand 08-11-13
    Glenn Glentunnel, New Zealand 08-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Incredible story!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A raw emotional roller coaster of a story.Brilliant in all ways!!Hard to stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Edge?

    The fact that although He's "just a bloke from Top Gear",he's also a husband and family man!!


    What about Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ’s performance did you like?

    You can feel the pain and love coming through!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Certainly makes you think of your own relationships!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kolyn Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 11-12-12
    Kolyn Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I drive a lot so might as well make good use of that time.

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    "Moving story of dealing with an accident"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it would have been better if it was an unabridged version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the collaborative effort of both Hammond's telling the story together.


    What does Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion expressed by both Richard and Mindy in telling this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Harrison Alabama 10-13-12
    M. Harrison Alabama 10-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Just my .02."

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    "Great story"

    I absolutely loved this story. When Mindy Hammond starts talking about how scared she was, how hopeful she was, and how much she loves her husband, you cannot help but be moved. The emotion in her voice as she recounts the days and weeks after Richard's accident...it really moved me, and I wish these guys continued success and all the best.

    The book begins with an autobiography of Richard's early years as a kid and as he was getting into broadcasting, and I thought that was interesting.

    The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is because it's abridged; I'd really love to hear the full story of these two incredible people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-03-12
    Rebecca ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you love top gear..."
    If you could sum up On the Edge in three words, what would they be?

    personal, heartfelt, deep


    What other book might you compare On the Edge to and why?

    His other two books, although this one deals with the tragedy and road to recovery after his crash.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have read the 2nd and 3rd books and like them as well. On the Edge is for those who watched episode when the crash happened and wanted to know more about his real life experiences.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Tears and laughter. Listening to his stories fill a void that is missing by watching the Top Gear alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike samutprakarn, Thailand 05-29-12
    Mike samutprakarn, Thailand 05-29-12
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    "Excellent Read..or Listen"
    If you could sum up On the Edge in three words, what would they be?

    A love story mixed with good humour, near tragedy and excellent story line...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing whizzed along and was easy to follow or pick up on during a break in listening


    Which character – as performed by Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond – was your favorite?

    Both great as themselves


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended highly....and I don't do these review things....so it's a high recommendation

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    Ally Nortcote, Australia 03-28-11
    Ally Nortcote, Australia 03-28-11
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    "A nice listen - thankyou."

    I listened to this while I cleaned the house - and its was a great story. Im female, for the record - and it isn't a particularly 'blokey' listen. It was interesting, without being overly complex. I liked knowing the details of his recovery, considering that I dont know much about brain injury. It was also great that there was an aspect from his wife's point of view. She went through a lot, when he was completely oblivious and taken back to a child like state. Its a beautiful tale of love in the end, but not a contrived romance.

    Just finally, I hope I have not put any men off listening to this; it really in enjoyable. Lots about cars and top gear stuff. Just not a lot of grunting :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zed Houston, TX 08-23-10
    Zed Houston, TX 08-23-10 Member Since 2008

    Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.

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    "About the accident, but mostly about his recovery"

    This was a brutally honest and very intimate book about Richard Hammond's accident and especially, his recovery from severe brain damage. He did have me laughing at times, but this book is not a reflection of the silliness that is at the forefront in Top Gear. That being said, it was a very enjoyable read. I gained many insights into what suffering and recovering from a brain injury may be like. This book would be helpful for anyone with loved ones who have suffered similar injuries. It would enable them to understand what they are going through a bit better.

    In the end I would have to say this is also a love story. You could really feel the emotions from his wife's voice, and could appreciate the love, support and patience exhibited by everyone involved. This was a very candid, intimate, and touching story.

    Richard himself narrated the chapters in the book that were from his perspective, but the vast majority of the book was read by his wife Mindy. (And very well narrated at that).

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    L. Polido Carol Stream, IL 08-27-09
    L. Polido Carol Stream, IL 08-27-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Heartwarming"

    Even though this is an abridged version, I was very moved by Richard Hammond's story. Through narration from both Richard and his wife Mindy, you can hear their love for one another as they share the story. I was moved to tears on several occasions. I will be renting this unabridged book very soon!!

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  • Greg
    CamborneUnited Kingdom
    12/4/07
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    "A lesson for us all?"

    The ups & downs the smiles & tears as experienced by so many of us out there in the real world, beautifully narrated by both Richard & Mindy allowing one to share in the emotional rollercoaster hearing the story unfold from both sides of the fence, I am not one normally interested in hearing about the hurt & pain suffered in others life?s but this title had me intrigued from the start, I had to listen right through to the end even though I thought I knew how it ended, the anguish,the desperation of ones life clearly came through, Mindy obviously upset but having the strength for both made me realise how wonderful it was to have the support of loved ones around, sometimes I feel we all take that for granted, I shared in both their pain and thier fear?s as if living it myself eventually pulling through, empathic in Mindy cause, they I think were fortunate that tragedy brought them closer, may be this is a lesson for us all? I bless them both and wish them every success for the future, and I would like to say simply thank you to them for sharing a segment of their lives with me.

    The music between chapters was a great choice and added that something special.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    11/23/07
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    "Well worth a listen."

    Having been a fan of Richard's since he first appeared on Top Gear I was expecting this book to be both fascinating and funny. What I wasn't expecting was to sit in the waiting room at the railway station with tears in my eyes listening to his wife Mindy read her thoughts and feelings about his accident!

    A very moving, frank and amusing autobiography. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JarJar
    3/13/08
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    "Excellent"

    On the edge starts with a brief summary of Richards work history but then goes into detail regarding the accident.
    The audio includes his wife talking with feeling about the accident and recovery...very moving.
    This is a great audio book to listen too....well worth the purchase...enjoy

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    12/11/09
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    "Touching and Thought-Provoking"

    This audio book version of On the Edge concentrates mainly on Richard Hammond's rocket-car accident and the impact it had on his life and family in the few months that followed. The opening chapters, read by Richard, are entertaining and provide a good background to his career, although certain elements have obviously been omitted for this abridged version. Richard also reads the closing chapters, but the main focus of the title, his time in hospital and recovery, is read by his wife Mindy (Amanda).

    She pours her heart and soul into the book, and its clear that she still finds certain passages deeply upsetting. I was hugely impressed by her love, dedication and commitment to Richard and her family, and the touching way they re-found each other after his accident. It's hard, if not impossible to be anything other than captivated by the story, and I'd recommend it to anyone, not just fans of Top Gear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pia
    DroghedaIreland
    2/20/09
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    "On the edge Richard Hammond"

    I found this book very moving. By listening to the people concerned on the MP3 player has more effect than just reading the book. I highly recomend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    1/11/09
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    "Surprisingly good"

    Candid. Well written, well read - highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    St Neots, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    9/1/08
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    "The Hamsters wife is the star"

    The book is no doubt a must for those who are Top Gear regulars. The first few chapters covering how Hammond got the top gear job is good but to be fair un exceptional. The short segment that covers the rocket car accident is factual but gives nothing more than most of already know.

    Then Mindy takes over the narration and it becomes Mindys story for the next chapters. The story is remarkable, the narration emmotional and absorbing. The closeness of the Top Gear team, the larger than life Clarkson and the outpouring of support from the british public shine through. Is it only in Britain that a presenter of a car program can be in every household prayers for a month ??

    This is not a book just for the Hamster fans and top gear devotees. Listen to the mid section with wives and girl friends and it will have them weeping for days.

    I am unsure if I enjoyed the book or was just moved by it but it is worth listening too for far more than an account of that amazing accident.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    7/12/08
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    "A must read"

    This book had me laughing and crying and laughing again. I think it is made more powerful by the fact that it is narrated by Richard and his wife themselves. I would definitely recommend this listen to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    12/8/07
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    "Recommended"

    Moving account of what it is like to experience a traumatic brain injury.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    11/29/07
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    "Excellent"

    This is excellent, really well read and composed. It's by turns funny and very emotive, especially when talking about the accident. When Mindy talks about the accident you can clearly hear the emotion in her voice, and it brought a massive lump to my throat. Highly recommended..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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