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Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman | [Andy Holgate]

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

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.
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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 2014
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    "From a triathlete"
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    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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  • 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
  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • irene
    barcelona, Spain
    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
  • fraser
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/5/13
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    "Inspiring story but narrator was awful"
    Would you try another book written by Andy Holgate or narrated by Gregory St. John?

    Never ever purchase a book narrated by Gregory St John


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Everything is possible if you apply yourself


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

    NO, his pronunciation at times was cringe worthy and detracted from the story


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

    Feel good story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Spilsby, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Great book ruined by a guy who can speak English!"
    Would you try another book written by Andy Holgate or narrated by Gregory St. John?

    Great book ruined by a guy who cannot speak English! the performance of Gregory St. John is THE worst I have had the misfortune to listen to in my several years and 100's of audio books! Andy's story deserved better than this - his journey was inspirational and has reignited my motivation to complete the full distance Ironman! Buy the paperback and give this one a miss... sorry to say


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gregory St. John?

    Anyone who could read and pronounce English... if you are going to read a book to an audience at least know how to pronounce the word triathlon. (Although that said some of the mis-pronouncements were so bad that they had me in stiches… )


    Was Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garry
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    8/30/13
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    "good story but distracting narrator"
    Would you listen to Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run again? Why?

    no - I might read the book but i found the narrator's pronunciation of place names in particular but also general inflection quite distracting. The use of tri-ath-a-lon and ath-a-lete rather than triathlon and athlete, which must have occurred 500 times in the book grated on me every time they were mentioned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very true to life - being an overweight triathlete myself and going through some of the learnings of falling off my bike because i forgot to unclip my feet, there were some laugh out loud moments for me


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using someone with a knowledge of the UK would have been helpful - Mor-a-combe rather than Morecambe drove me up the wall


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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