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Go Like Hell Audiobook

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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Publisher's Summary

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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    S. Perry Canada 12-29-13
    S. Perry Canada 12-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A Very Entertaining Audiobook"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan R. 01-26-15
    Dan R. 01-26-15
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 11-16-13
    Ray 11-16-13 Member Since 2008
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Eric Beverly Hills, CA, United States 11-09-13
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    "A must read for any car person."
    Where does Go Like Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 5


    What other book might you compare Go Like Hell to and why?

    Haven't read anything like it to compare.


    Which character – as performed by Jones Allen – was your favorite?

    None, Allen's accents are really bad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ferrari, Ford... Le Mans


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony P. Miniscalco 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Accents were distracting"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was about sports car racing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jones Allen’s performances?

    No, I couldn't concentrate on the story because of the over-the-top accents.


    Do you think Go Like Hell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


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    doug reiter 05-30-17
    doug reiter 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read"

    Finally the infamous 1966 Lemans 24 race
    finish is explained. Hard to put down.
    Very detailed book, but fast paced.

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    ALEX 04-18-17
    ALEX 04-18-17
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    "Awesome best books ever"

    This book was so awesome. I enjoyed it so much and learned a ton. Highly recommend this book to any car guys.

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 03-24-17
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 03-24-17 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Great Book for Auto Racing Fans"

    This is a great book that chronicles the Ford vs. Ferrari racing feud in the 1960s, culminating at the race at Le Mans in 1966. The book seems meticulously researched. It moves extremely well and reads like a novel. One of the central characters of the book is Ken Miles, a mechanical genius and racer who was a key part of the development of the Ford GT. Ken's story was largely lost to the sands of time, and it was really great learning about this talented and important man.

    In addition to the excellent story, the book does a great job setting the scenes in Detroit and Europe in the 1960s. Those were very different times when everything seemed possible and the book does a great job of capturing them.

    The narration is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of the book.

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    Seven San Francisco, CA 02-27-17
    Seven San Francisco, CA 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Minus only 1 performance star"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but that's not a bad thing. I want it to last awhile.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic story, and fairly well read with the only exception being the ludicrous accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-05-17
    David 01-05-17
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    "The great battle of lemans for an auto enthusiast"

    Great detail that will keep an auto enthusiast coming back just to find out the next piece of the story you never knew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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