Christopher Martin-Jenkins, or CMJ to his many fans as well as listeners of Test Match Special, is perhaps the voice of cricket; an unparalleled authority whose insight and passion for cricket as well as his style of commentary have captured what it is that makes the sport so special. In his many years as a commentator and journalist - reporting for the BBC, the Times and the Cricketer among others - CMJ has covered some of the biggest moments in the sport's history. And in this memoir CMJ looks back on a lifetime spent in service to this most bizarre and beguiling of sports and tells the stories of the players, coaches, and fans he met along the way.
Recounted with all the warmth and vigour that has endeared CMJ to generations of cricket fans, this memoir relives the moments that defined modern cricket and which shaped his life in turn. It is a must-have for all devotees of the sport.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes: with qualifiers. Friend would have to enjoy cricket, and have appreciated the contribution made by CMJ to this great game.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Didn't get to the ending.
What about Charles Collingwood’s performance did you like?
Professionally narrated. Could have easily been CMJ himself. Collingwood left the impressionsthat he also genuinely enjoys cricket as a spectator, and maybe as a former player himself.
Was CMJ: A Cricketing Life worth the listening time?
Could have been more worth it:too much emphasis on county matters and criticisms of the BBC's coverage of football to the expense of cricket.
Any additional comments?
CMJ covers his visits to the major cricketing nations, and not always treated each country fairly. He was somewhat disparaging of New Zealand and our cricket. The English snobbery showed through here - CMJ didn't feel it worthy of recording that there have been many advances in recent years, and seemed to forget that New Zealand has occasionally beaten England, and that issues of English complacency have meant a generally poor treatment by England of New Zealand as a test playing nation.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
All in all, a little dun and not nearly as funny as I had hoped for. It seems that the stories about CMJ were actually much funnier than the stories he told.
Has CMJ: A Cricketing Life put you off other books in this genre?
No not really, I enjoy cricket stories and biographies too, just this was somewhat of a let down
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Not the narrator's fault this time.
Do you think CMJ: A Cricketing Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Silly question, the poor man is dead.
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i must admit of all the TMS commentators CMJ was the one i least liked, i thought he was toffee nosed and abit of an old f**t. but i thoroughly enjoyed his audio book. he seemed to tell it correctly and pulled no punches as i expected that he would. a very good read or listen.