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Behind Closed Doors

Narrated by: Gary Lineker, Danny Baker
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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The official audiobook based on the acclaimed football podcast Behind Closed Doors.

Behind Closed Doors by Gary Lineker and Danny Baker is a rollicking inside guide to football that shares never-before-told dressing room tales and behind-the-scenes stories from Gary and Danny’s time in football and broadcasting.

Full of new and exclusive stories from Gary and Danny that have never appeared on the podcast - or anywhere - before, Behind Closed Doors is full of the intimate details of life in and around the game we all love. Gary abandons his usual role as chief interrogator on Match of the Day and instead joins Danny in an insightful, irreverent romp through life in English football.

©2019 Gary Lineker, Danny Baker (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • M. Stone
  • 09-23-19

Absolute legends

Full disclosure: I'm not a massive footie fan. I can just about hold my own in a casual conversation on the subject. Thankfully, as you will know if you have listened to the Behind Closed Doors podcast, Lineker and Baker are both knowledgeable and entertaining without ever getting into the nerdy side of the sport. It's all about the quirky side of the game. I'm sure even a non-football fan would enjoy this audiobook, although it's fair to say some appreciation of the beautiful game will enhance your listening pleasure. As you'd expect from two of our best known broadcasters, the delivery is exceptional as they take it in turns to read chapters, starting with their childhood introductions to football right up to the current day.

Summary: it's like the podcast, but better organised and more fleshed out and, well, it's just basically better all round really.

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  • Steve
  • 10-07-19

Love Gary & Danny.

No interest in watching football whatsoever, just love listening to these two talk about it.

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  • Casper Ankergren
  • 10-02-19

A great idea to hear from both the footballer & fan.

A good mixture of serious & funny stories. Listen for free to the behind closed doors podcasts first, to find out if it would be something for you...

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  • David West
  • 09-29-19

Baker & Linaker are top drawer.

What a fantastic book! I very much hope they think about doing a second one.

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  • steven wright
  • 09-28-19

Stop me if you've heard this before.....

"Full of new and exclusive stories from Gary and Danny that have never appeared on the podcast "

And that, right there folks, is where we get our promise of new lands to explore....but it's a false promise.

Literally, took me until chapter 12 to hear something that wasn't a refined or extended tale from a podcast.

The stories are all quality, don't get me wrong, but to bill this as "full of new and exclusive" material surely implies that there is no other room for stuff that we already heard on the podcast when, in fact, that is what the majority of the book is. It is just plain misleading.

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  • Ian
  • 09-21-19

Super Smashing Great

What a cracker of a book.
2 men with insight into football that stretches over many years and many different view points.
Well written and well read.

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  • Graham
  • 12-12-19

I love Danny Bakers writing...

and Gary Lineker stories are fun to listen to.

In my mind Danny Baker is one of the 21st century's best wordsmith. He tells it like it is but with humour. I eat up ll his books and will continue to do so.

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  • West
  • 11-11-19

A book of 2 halves

Basically the best parts of this book are the Lineker chapters. I tried listening to Baker's stuff, but 1 chapter on Millwall was enough for me. Hence the lower star rating. Worth listening for the Lineker stuff.

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  • Ben Ansell
  • 11-08-19

Excellent anecdotes of football past

Loved this book. Very true to their weekly podcast. If you like football, then listen.

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  • Joe Watson
  • 10-23-19

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed some of the old stories.

Danny and Gary Work really well together and the podcast is great too!