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World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's first-volume autobiography Ronnie was a major best seller, acclaimed for its candour and insight into the life of a top sports star. In his second book, Ronnie reflects on how much of his life has been running away or running towards (often inadvisable) things.
Running is my drug. To be honest, drugs (and alcohol) used to be my drug, but now I've got the healthiest addiction going. Running is what has helped me fight my demons, win five world snooker championships, and cope with all the crap life's thrown at me.
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and in this book I look at everything that hasn't killed me, but has had a good go - my addictive personality, depression, my dad's murder conviction, the painful break-up with the mother of my children, the difficulty of balancing family life with that of a sportsman.
Those are the downers. But it's also about the great things in my life - my kids, snooker, my dad's release from prison, great mates who have helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who has taught me how not to run away from life when it gets tricky.
For the first time, I explain some of my madder moments - why I walked out in the middle of a match against Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a wet cloth over my face in a match against Mark King. This is a book about what it takes to be a champion - the sacrifices you have to make, the obsessive practice, the selfishness. Finally, it's a book about what it's like to get the buzz; and I hope anybody who's ever got the running buzz will relate to this.
Since turning professional in 1992, Ronnie O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the Embassy World Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson & Hedges Masters, and the British Open. In May 2012 he won the World Championship and announced his retirement. He then returned in May 2013, having not played for a year, to win the World Championship for a fifth time.
I was surprised to find Ronnie O’Sullivan‘s autobiography was titled RUNNING, but having recently discovered Ronnie and the world of snooker, and being a runner myself, I thought I’d give it a try. I am so glad I did! I wish more celebrities who happen to be runners would write about their experiences and what running means in their lives. This is a great look at what motivates Ronnie and helps him get through the hard times and good times. It was well performed and very much enjoyed!
Ronnie will take you much further than simply running. He'll make you think of what the sport means to you and how much it can give and take from your life.
It's a great honest and candid story.
Where does Running rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As a snooker lover myself when i saw that the Rocket Ronnie O'sullivan had his new book out i couldn't wait for the book to become available in audio. I pre ordered the book listened to it in within 2 days. I have followed Ronnie over the years watching him in the snooker tournement. Been to see him live at the masters 4 times when he was in the final. <br/><br/>Was very interesting to hear about his eairly playing days before he turned pro and how he got into the game of snooker. <br/><br/>
What was one of the most memorable moments of Running?
Ronnie talking about his child hood and when his father was inside and how that made him continue to play the game of snooker.
What about David John’s performance did you like?
very good and was able to understand and take in the book.
Any additional comments?
Great book and now looking for other autobiographys.
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gripped from start to finish.. found it hard to put down.. had to hear what came next. enjoyed the explanation of Ronnie's bazaar behaviour. Even someone who is not a fan of snooker would find this interesting, as many people have felt the things that Ronnie describes, just keep it to themselves. this book has helped me see a few things differently.
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A very enjoyable and engaging listen into snooker's most formidable talents. The autobiography goes through Ronnie's mindset and his addictive personality, which makes him a massive success at anything he commits his mind to, but that personality comes at a price!
The story was well read by David John, but I felt the Essex accent was a little too heavy at times.
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pleasure to listen to, opened my eyes to the life and career of Ronnie. Also has me back into running again!
I love Ronnie to pieces but in his own words he has become a running bore, I struggled to chapter 15 and "Boom" just couldn't take any more, sorry Ronn.
Nice to hear Ronnie's story of where he came through tough times to become a winner.
Well read by David. He really brought Ronnie's story to life!
Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the topics of running to get away from depression and anxiety.
Any additional comments?
An interesting listen if you're a fan of Ronnie, but the book is rather light on its snooker content. He does explain this in not so many words as he describes his feelings towards snooker in the book. Still worth a listen, 4*s
Great insight into the professional and private life of a thoroughly intriguing individual. Wholeheartedly recommend it, if you like snooker and running you will love it too.
I suppose the clue is in the title. I am a snooker fan not an athlete. Wanted to hear more about Ronnie's life in snooker and less about how many reps in a minute.
This is quite a good summary of Ronnies life and that is all it is, a summary, to much about his court case for access to his children and not enough about the real Ronnie. its is compulsive read though.