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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Battle by Paul O'Connell, read by John Cormack.

There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009 and captain of the first Ireland team to retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world. There was nothing inevitable - or even likely - about any of this, and in an autobiography as intense and thoughtful as its author, O'Connell explores the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became.

The Battle is an audiobookfor everyone who wants to understand the roots of achievement and the inner world of an elite sportsman. It will take its place alongside the very finest sports books of recent years.

©2016 Paul O'Connell (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-18

Rugby autobiographies

I read these books expecting so much more. I guess I should learn! These guys have so much more to say but still have skin in the game I suppose. Enjoyed it, especially the early life stuff where I could relate, but I want to hear thoughts on the game; both professional and amateur, from someone who has done it. Paul is definitely a genuine guy who embodies the values of the game we love, but I suppose I wanted this to be, in part, like sitting having a pint with the bloke, hearing his thoughts and opinions. Maybe he can still do this sometime?

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  • Ben Cole
  • 05-29-18

A great character of the game gives a typically honest appraisal of his career.

Performance ok but I would rather have felt it was Paul talking to me a bit more. Those audio performances always work the best I feel.

Besides that, a great insight into what kind of a man he is and what made him tick.

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  • Mark R.
  • 05-12-18

Highly recommend it to all rugby fans

Paulie was quite simply one of the best players Ireland and Munster have ever seen. Really enjoyed listening to this and the voice acting was brilliant (tho the Northern Ireland accents are a little naff).

You can tell that John Cormack really gave this his all, the emotion was evident in his voice throughout and added to the experience of listening to this book.

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  • MRS P SYKES
  • 05-08-18

great book

This book was an amazing read and a must for any rugby fan. Well worth purchasing