Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.
Not stuff you can download from the Internet, but really important things. You never know when you might need to land an A330 Airbus, or deliver twins. And there may well be a moment when being able to play a bit of classical music on the piano is absolutely crucial to your success with women. So read, learn, and be prepared - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
©2010 James May (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton
It's one of my favorite books! Being a fan of "Top Gear" on BBC, I was amused to see that 'Captain Slow' had written a mans guide to things they need to know. If you have ever watched the show you know that cars are often described as completely pointless but you must buy one and here's why. That's is book!! Very amusing , completely useless, and absolutely fabulous!
Ok, so I am pretty sure I will never use anything learned from this book. So what! I was entertained by every minute of this book and still find James May to be my favorite of the Top Gear hosts. This book is a must for any of his fans.
May's penchant for detail is obvious in this book. I vacillated between fascination with the information he presented, amusement at his insane determination to investigate every little detail, and, only very occasionally a little bit of impatience at this endless detail. But running along it all is his fantastic dry wit, which is what really makes this so easy to listen to.
I really think that hearing May read this is the best way to experience it. Only he could deliver all of his little jokes in just the right manner to make them work.
Many of the 'skills' it teaches are mundane, barely relevant. But it has a few good ones. Bonus points for the narration, by James May himself.
The riff on the A330 was a total waste of time. I then switched off the audiobook.
"Captain Slow teaching us all we need to know."
I listened to the chapter on landing the A330 Airbus on an A320 Airbus hoping the planes were similar enough in case my new skills were required.
Only problem with the book - eating your mate (I fast forwarded the last 1/2 of that chapter). Otherwise - good reading!
"interesting. funny and rather odd"
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting to get from this book, which is exactly what I got! I didn't think it was going to be a comprehensive manual on landing a plane, even though it's known that James May is a pilot. It, as far as I can tell, was a funny, quirky, slightly disturbing look at the want to be alpha male and the fantasies of being the center of attention.
"five stars isn't enough"
Pure genius from the most thoughtful amateur mechanic and all round top bloke... IN THE WORLD!
Practical advice for those rare moments I'm life where those not reading this book will be standing around like an extra on 'The Poseidon Adventure' before they get a steam pipe tumbling on their head as you calmly save the day.
A must read/ listen.
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