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Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run Audiobook
Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run
Written by: 
Andy Holgate
Narrated by: 
Gregory St. John
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Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run Audiobook

Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for Best New Writer of the Year - The British Sports Book Awards 2012

This book is both a lesson in true grit and determination, but its goal is one that is attainable. Andy isn't a sporting superstar, he holds down a nine-to-five job and all the pressures that go with it; he isn’t blessed with speed and talent; there are no multi-million pound sponsorship deals; yet this remarkable "common man" is inspiring in a way that some of today’s sporting superstars have forgotten how to be. You wouldn’t recognize Andy in the street, yet his story provides valuable lessons to us all: "Never give up" and "Anything is possible".

©2011 Andy Holgate (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Vladimir 05-04-14
    Vladimir 05-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "From a triathlete"
    Any additional comments?

    I am an amateur and avid triathlete myself so I thought this book might be tailor made for myself. However, the author of the book was not a down-to-earth man. The book is full of unnecessary exaggerating and boring descriptions, and excuses when the author - an avid triathlete - failed.
    The book contained only very few advices for an amateur triathlete.
    Narration was no good either.
    If you are a beginning or just amateur triathlete I'd suggest to listen or read Iron War or I'm here to Win by Chris McCormack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cape Town, South Africa 02-22-14
    John Cape Town, South Africa 02-22-14
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    "Brilliant story"
    If you could sum up Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run in three words, what would they be?

    This book is filled with "Yes, I Can" spirit. This is great motivation for anyone who thinks that its to late to be an athlete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leigh
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "Listen to the Sample before you buy PLEASE !!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Andy Holgate read it himself, or to be honest any other Brit.
    Gregory St. John’s performance is absolutely appalling. In my opinion the Author should sue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Story it's self is a light hearted look at what the author went through to fulfill his goals, so as stories go its alright.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

    to be honest.........NO


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    good honest down to earth story, I would consider the sequel as long as the narrator is changed


    Any additional comments?

    Americans attempting British accents tend to do it badly BEWARE

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    London, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "READ the book! the narration will offend your ears"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time was painfully spent, much as I wanted to know the story I couldn't cope with the truly awful narration. If Gregory St. John had stuck to his own accent the experience would have been immeasurably improved. Not since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins has the English language been so cruelly mistreated. If it were possible to give minus 'stars' for the narration I would have done so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Silence!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Glossop, United Kingdom
    8/8/13
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    "Awful Narration"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that can zone out of the narration and listen to the story.
    Someone who doesn't know the correct way to pronounce half the geography of England


    What other book might you compare Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to, and why?

    Iron War, Life without Limits.


    What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

    Nothing its appalling and in need of an English lesson.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story its self was good and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    We need more English narrators

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    london, United Kingdom
    7/29/13
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    "STOP... listen before you buy"
    What would have made Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run better?

    A better narrator. I wish I had read reviews, it is unlistenable.


    What could Andy Holgate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chosen a better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    This looked like it was going to be a really good book, but I couldn't get through 30 seconds with this narrator despite multiple tries.

    I would like a refund for this, you literally can't listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    5/17/16
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    "Great book, bizarre narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to be better than the print version?

    No, but the narration is so bad that it's compelling. The anticipation of waiting for the next confusing pronunciation of everyday words certainly punctuates the audio with unintentional humour which goes some way to make up for the monotone delivery


    What other book might you compare Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to, and why?

    Running with Kenyans but with more humour.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Chosen another career, or least learned to pronounce words in a way that would fit in with a identifiable geographic area.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great written with humour and passion, the narration is just odd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    3/17/16
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    "Awful narration"

    The guy was not from this planet!! Could not pronounce Triathlon !!!! Ruin the experience just awful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaax
    9/10/15
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    "strange accent"

    great story, the narrator is an interesting choice.. quite funny once you're used to it. stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • heunec
    4/27/14
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    "i listened to this as I run...it was fun"

    As English is not my first language the reader did not bother me ( i am referring here at the other reviews) The story is great, fun and well written...so really loved it and would read/ listen to the next one from the same author (Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james
    york, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "since when is triathlon 2 words?"
    Would you try another book written by Andy Holgate or narrated by Gregory St. John?

    Written by Iron hols? yes, i really enjoyed the narrative and nearly signed up for a Ironman on the spot (i didn't fortunately). as for a book read by Mr St John? Not a chance! he could not pronounce so much of the book thta i really did not enjoy the book even though the tale was one that i ge the feeling was well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run?

    Gregory St John not being able to pronounce triathlon


    How could the performance have been better?

    learning to speak English would be a start.


    Did Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run inspire you to do anything?

    Just train harder, only doing the 1/2 iron this year but soon i shall go all the way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • s
    NEWHAVEN, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "It's all in the narration"
    If you could sum up Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run in three words, what would they be?

    I have had an excellent time listening to this audiobook but maybe not for the reasons you would expect. The story is great and quite inspirational it makes you want to be there and take part in all of Andy's training and races. This was not the problem, the narration however was having a narrator who pronounces all the words incorrectly was quite amusing ie du-vet instead of duvet is just one of the many baffling points. The most distracting though was the narrator sounded like prince William at the age of five doing a billy idol impression while squeezing in every dialect of the uk. For this reason alone download this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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