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.
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.
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.
"READ the book! the narration will offend your ears"
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.
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
Iron War, Life without Limits.
Nothing its appalling and in need of an English lesson.
The story its self was good and enjoyable
We need more English narrators
"STOP... listen before you buy"
A better narrator. I wish I had read reviews, it is unlistenable.
Chosen a better narrator.
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.
"Listen to the Sample before you buy PLEASE !!!!!"
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.
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.
to be honest.........NO
good honest down to earth story, I would consider the sequel as long as the narrator is changed
Americans attempting British accents tend to do it badly BEWARE
"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).
"since when is triathlon 2 words?"
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.
Gregory St John not being able to pronounce triathlon
learning to speak English would be a start.
Just train harder, only doing the 1/2 iron this year but soon i shall go all the way.
"It's all in the narration"
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
"Inspiring story but narrator was awful"
Never ever purchase a book narrated by Gregory St John
Everything is possible if you apply yourself
NO, his pronunciation at times was cringe worthy and detracted from the story
Feel good story
"Great book ruined by a guy who can speak English!"
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
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… )
"good story but distracting narrator"
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.
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
Using someone with a knowledge of the UK would have been helpful - Mor-a-combe rather than Morecambe drove me up the wall
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