The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.
Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.
Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his teammate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. Hill was faced with swirling emotions in light of the death of Senna, which was a defining moment for his generation of drivers, and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.
Courageously honest and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face of or near certain death.
©2016 Damon Hill (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
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"great listen "
Very good insight to Damons life.
the tears laughter and cheers for are F1 Champion.
only problem about chapter 20 Narrator ends the book ....
"URGENT EDITING REQUIRED"
This is a brilliant book.
However 3 hours and 33 minutes left it is interrupted by several retakes of audio. The narrator says sorry a few times before re reading sections. PLEASE look at this before too many people download this book.
"A Champion and a Gentleman"
As a fan of Damon's back in the glory days of F1 it was humbling to be allowed to enjoy such a frank honest appraisal of his time in F1. It was fascinating to learn of his struggles in formula 1 within the context of the mental challenges he has been put through. From the years leading up to his father's tragic accident right the way through to his tough (and from the outside, confusing) final year at Jordan, this book is fascinating for its motoring and human insights.
"Narrator outtakes on copyright statements"
The editor has left all of the narrators outtakes at the end.....on purpose?
Not just outtakes during copyright but all of the mistakes during reading. Must be on purpose.
"Amazing - beyond my expectations"
OK, I wouldn't normally read books about people. Books for me are fiction; escaping from reality. However, this book changed my view. The honesty, and intelligence with which it is written is extraordinary. I have. Nothing to say, but please read this!!! (What let's it down however, is the messy editing of the recording; leaving the middle part of the book confusing due to studio error I imagine; as an X broadcaster myself. I'm sure you will never read this Damon, but thank you!
"Great Book - needs editing"
A great book but at Chapter 20 has some 'Outtakes' of the narrator attempting to speak the books 'Outro'
Please edit it
"Not bad just so boring I couldn't continue."
So sorry to say I actually can't finish this book. I've got to around one third of the way though and couldn't continue so maybe it gets better. The content is good it's just so boring that it's not entertaining. I am a fan of racing and grew up watching Damon hill so I wanted to like this. Lewis Hamilton's book is much much worse though so at least that's something. If you want to listen a really good F1 book read Mark Webber's one!
"Brilliant and balanced view of being an F1 Champion"
Fantastic book by Damon Hill. Rather than just reeling off the events of his life, Damon really looks into the long term effects it had on him and others.
The insight into being Graham's son is wonderful. Damon balancing the love he has for his dad while being brutally honest that Graham was far from perfect.
The narrator was very well picked, he sounds so much like Damon that you forget it's not him within a few sentences.
Only down side is that the audio is badly edited. They've left in the bits where the narrator has to stop and repeat. There's also a bit half way through a chapter where the credits are read out.
Ignore that though, this is brilliant!
Strange interlude of outtakes at chapter 20. However great story. Very well read, kept me listening
"Entertaining, well written and well read"
Damon's story from his childhood to racing career is exceptional so bound to be entertaining, and it is. The way he tells it is charming, he is thoughtful and self-effacing and generally writes in a pleasing and uncomplicated way.
I was disappointed that Damon didn't do the narration himself but the narrator who does do it is excellent. His style is neutral and doesn't distract you from what is a personal story. It helps that he has a similar softly spoken (but clear) voice to Damon.
At the end of chapter 22 there are about 5 minutes of re-reads and out-takes that have obviously been left in by mistake.
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