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Go Like Hell Audiobook

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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Publisher's Summary

By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

Baime tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer named Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game, at the most prestigious and dangerous race in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans.

Go Like Hell transports readers to a golden era in racing when Ford’s innovative strategy led to victories on the track and renewed respect for the American automobile.

©2009 Brian Biegel and Peter Thomas Fornatale (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    S. Perry Canada 12-29-13
    S. Perry Canada 12-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A Very Entertaining Audiobook"
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    Let me put a little of my bias right up front: I don't watch NASCAR, I occasionally watch CART, I always watch F1 (until a single driver is dominant two thirds through the season), and I always make sure I capture a little bit of the 24 Hrs of Le Mans - after all, who can watch the whole thing?!. But I love all the characters and the history of motor racing - and I really love stories about it - in the same way that I love hearing about the Space Race - regardless of how often I hear them.

    With that prelude, I really enjoyed this audiobook: the narrator was exceedingly good - and between he and the author, it was a very well told story that succeeded in creating suspense at each stage of the story.

    If you don't like racing at all, then it's probably not for you; but if you're looking for a good story - and not inclined to fixate if some details are glossed over in the interest of good story-telling, then this is well worth the investment.

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    Dan R. 01-26-15
    Dan R. 01-26-15
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    "Goldern age of racing"
    What did you love best about Go Like Hell?

    Having not been there, the story unfolded wonderfully. It is well researched, captivating, and the narrator is great. I learned a significant amount from this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carrol Shelby, slightly over Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. They're all legends, but having witnessed the aura of Shelby a little and recently visiting his shop/museum in Vegas, that man is a notch above everyone else in the book and racing history. There are many stories and quotes from Shelby, it's great (including the voice the narrator uses for him).


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

    Thank God safety in racing has increased so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This book (story and narration) is so good I had to put off finishing (everything after the flag drops at Le Mans in '66) for about three weeks. I didn't want it to finish.

    The book does end a little abruptly. The epilogue is less than 20 minutes, but could easily be 60+ minutes without being boring.

    There is supposed to be a film adaptation in the works. I'd be satisfied if it was 1/3 as good as this book. Too bad Shelby cannot have a cameo.

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    Ray 11-16-13
    Ray 11-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"

    Just a great book. Enough details of the main characters; Shelby, Ferarri, Ford, and so on without becoming a mini-biography on any one person.

    A lot of interesting figures from that time so it's a feat to include everyone and not get carried away.

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    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
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    "A must read for any car person."
    Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 5


    What other book might you compare Go Like Hell to and why?

    Haven't read anything like it to compare.


    Which character – as performed by Jones Allen – was your favorite?

    None, Allen's accents are really bad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ferrari, Ford... Le Mans


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jay 07-21-16
    jay 07-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect"

    If you like cars just read it. You won't be disappointed. Amazingly well written and captures the racing perfectly.

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    "First Class Read"

    Narration was extraordinary. A.J.Blaime is developing into a first class writer and researcher. Highly recommend.

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    Thomas Allen Carroll 02-25-16
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    "Great story for all car guys"

    Fantastically written. A must read for racing fans and car guys everywhere. Lots of history. I could not put it down.

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    chris p 02-11-16
    chris p 02-11-16
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    "wow, nice, awesome."

    I was looking to purchase another audible book and kept coming back to this due to the automotive interest I have. One thing I was not expecting was to be emotionally blown away by how the Author and near raider took me out of reality and placed me into the race itself. i'm Italian and a very big Ferrary fan. Not so much a ford fan however, I did catch myself doing a fist pump in my car while listening to the near Ater describe a moment when Ford was kicking ass. I learned a lot about the all-time racers and names from the Legins that we know of today. Very enjoyable book to listen to and definitely would recommend this to any auto enthusiast whether your four-door Ferrari. PS I wrote this with voice to text while driving my car hopefully there's no mistakes.

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    Bill Jackson Highlands Ranch, CO USA 12-10-15
    Bill Jackson Highlands Ranch, CO USA 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "They should make this into a movie."
    What made the experience of listening to Go Like Hell the most enjoyable?

    Jones Allen did a great job with the character voices including pronouncing names and places in Italian, French, English and American accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ford and Ferrari are bigger than life men with egos to match. Both of them had an enormous impact on the auto business and racing in particular. The stories about many of the drivers and the tension between their urge to win and the risks they were willing to take was very interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just Win!


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    Earle D. Holt 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great insight into Ford's 1966 Lemans win"
    Would you listen to Go Like Hell again? Why?

    Yes. Great details of the behind-the-scenes activities during that time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Surtees. Seemed like a man of character and honor.


    Have you listened to any of Jones Allen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Phil Hill's story


    Any additional comments?

    Great book throughout! Many layers of stories and back stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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