Go Like Hell

Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
Narrated by: Jones Allen
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

Baime tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer named Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game, at the most prestigious and dangerous race in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans.

Go Like Hell transports readers to a golden era in racing when Ford’s innovative strategy led to victories on the track and renewed respect for the American automobile.

©2009 Brian Biegel and Peter Thomas Fornatale (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Goldern age of racing

What did you love best about Go Like Hell?

Having not been there, the story unfolded wonderfully. It is well researched, captivating, and the narrator is great. I learned a significant amount from this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carrol Shelby, slightly over Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. They're all legends, but having witnessed the aura of Shelby a little and recently visiting his shop/museum in Vegas, that man is a notch above everyone else in the book and racing history. There are many stories and quotes from Shelby, it's great (including the voice the narrator uses for him).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thank God safety in racing has increased so much.

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This book (story and narration) is so good I had to put off finishing (everything after the flag drops at Le Mans in '66) for about three weeks. I didn't want it to finish.

The book does end a little abruptly. The epilogue is less than 20 minutes, but could easily be 60+ minutes without being boring.

There is supposed to be a film adaptation in the works. I'd be satisfied if it was 1/3 as good as this book. Too bad Shelby cannot have a cameo.

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A Very Entertaining Audiobook

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Let me put a little of my bias right up front: I don't watch NASCAR, I occasionally watch CART, I always watch F1 (until a single driver is dominant two thirds through the season), and I always make sure I capture a little bit of the 24 Hrs of Le Mans - after all, who can watch the whole thing?!. But I love all the characters and the history of motor racing - and I really love stories about it - in the same way that I love hearing about the Space Race - regardless of how often I hear them.

With that prelude, I really enjoyed this audiobook: the narrator was exceedingly good - and between he and the author, it was a very well told story that succeeded in creating suspense at each stage of the story.

If you don't like racing at all, then it's probably not for you; but if you're looking for a good story - and not inclined to fixate if some details are glossed over in the interest of good story-telling, then this is well worth the investment.

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Great Book

Just a great book. Enough details of the main characters; Shelby, Ferarri, Ford, and so on without becoming a mini-biography on any one person.

A lot of interesting figures from that time so it's a feat to include everyone and not get carried away.

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a true tall tale

it was a fascinating tale filled with characters larger than life and cars that defined a golden age of racing

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great companion to Ford V. Ferrari

A wonderful book if you liked the movie, Ford versus Ferrari. It gets deeper into the story and for once the crazy parts of the movie are actually proven true!

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The untold history of Ford’s obsession with Lemans

For those of us who love to hear about the story behind the story, this will be a delightful listen. The men and machinery of this era in racing history are without compare, the writing brings them to you with a candor that is refreshing , especially whilst parading these demi-gods about! Ford, Ferarri, Iacocca, Shelby... regardless of where you stand on the debate of the ‘66 Le Mans race, the power that is conveyed simply by the names of these men could crush the life from a young bull! This was a great read( well, listen...) and the narration gave all of the urgentness to the racing scenes that Frankenheimer delivered in “Gran Prix”! Great book!

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For anyone interested in automotive history

The reader does a misjustice when trying to imitate certain accents of the principals player...does he really expect us to believe Enzo Ferrari sounded like he implied? Way to many fake italian accents

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Excellent, but one catch...

As mentioned in all the reviews the writing is fantastic, the book draws one into the people, circumstances and story, and the narration is wonderful. Not just the narration, but the accents from all over the world (Texas, Italy, New Zealand, etc).

The one thing that I was not prepared for was the significant loss of life in the book, not just of drivers, but spectators also. For me, it put a damper on my "enjoyment" of the book. But I would still call this book and performance excellent.

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such a fantastic read!

I watched the movie and then resdthis book. it's one of those times where the book is better than the movie.

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entertaining historical account

saw the movie and wanted the details. well done. lots of drama and excitement.