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Jamie Vardy: The Boy from Nowhere

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Narrated by: Steven Kynman
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Jamie Vardy, the free-scoring talisman behind Leicester City's Premier League champion title, has become a modern against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, Jamie thought his chances had gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels while working in a factory, his impressive performances and hard work saw him rise again.

After successful spells at Halifax Town and then Fleetwood Town, he finally moved to championship team Leicester City. They gained their dream promotion to the Premier League, and after surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth came the fairy-tale season where a team arose together, and everything clicked.

Vardy's incredible 22 goals, including setting the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, helped Leicester City beat odds of 5,000-1 to become champions. Defying all expectations, it is simply one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.

'Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all - going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It's the stuff of dreams. It hasn't always been an easy journey; some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch. There is so much that people don't know, and I look forward to sharing all of that and more in what I hope will be an entertaining and inspiring story.' (Jamie Vardy)

©2016 Jamie Vardy (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Amazing story

Other then the 5000 to 1 and Miracle on Ice this has to be the absolute best sports story ever. Vardy's real life might be even more spectacular then Rocky Balboa. An absolute must read.

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Speechless

What an amazing story. So well written. Inspiring! Probably the best sports book I've ever heard!!!

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Quality story

Gripped and listened the whole way through in one go!

What a rags to riches story!

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Fantastic

this book was amazing, easy to finish, great story for even a non soccer fan

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EXCELLENT

Everything about this story was exceptional. The narration, the actual story, and the candidness of Jamie Vardy in his writing to leave it all out there. It was something that every soccer fan will enjoy. However, it's also an exceptional underdog story. I'm glad that the real story isn't over yet. I can't wait to see what the decades bring to JamieVardy.

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Good but

Surely he should of learnt the names and been told the chants aren't right

Other than that, cracking listen

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  • stu
  • 11-09-16

Great book

As a non football fan I am amazed at how much I enjoyed listening to Jamie's story, highly recommended

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  • George
  • 10-11-16

Great

The reader sounded like vards but sang all the chants wrong, i would recommend it

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  • Phead14
  • 10-21-16

Narrator

The narrator loses the context of the story sometimes and gets over excited making the story feel cheesy. He also needs to brush up on the pronunciation of footballers names.

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  • Daniel Somers
  • 08-09-19

The best read book

What a book. Well writen and well read found i enjoy more than any audible book i have listened to. The story had every thing that was amazing and no boaring parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-19

Good fun

Really enjoyed the Frank portrayal of a non league footballer going on to breaking records in the Premier league. Funny, witty and a well told story.

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  • Ashley Wiltshire
  • 06-05-19

great listen about a true legend of Leicester

great listen about a true legend of Leicester City, obviously I am a Leicester City and a Jamie Vardy fan and I would say that.
if I had to criticise anything about the person reading the book, it would be to ask for the right pronunciation of footballers names, street names and maybe a little more effort in to singing the football chants. 😊
That said it was a good listen which flooded back many happy memories over the years.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-31-19

terrible at best. buy I'd say it's the worst

one of the worst football books I've listened to. just him being a big head about being a thug. yet wants sympathy for everything he's done wrong

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  • collijm
  • 05-12-19

Never give up

A no holds barred of rejection and the will to keep going, even when the odds are stacked against you.

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  • a j moore
  • 03-06-19

Enjoyable

From a Leicester fans perspective the story is great and is, for the most part, well delivered. The only criticism is that some of the readers pronunciation of the foreign players names is annoying to say the least, and not at all like the tv commentators. It didn’t spoil the audio book, but I am surprised that this wasn’t rectified.

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  • Anthony Redgrift
  • 02-01-19

Life after rejection

After reading Vardy’s account of life after receiving the devastating news of being released by his football club will hit home for many who have also gone through he pain personally and for the parents who have also supported their Sons throughout their own journey.
Honest no punches pulled and relevant, I enjoyed hearing his story of a likely lad who only wanted to play football and also got caught up with some life hurdles but overcame them. Very good.

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  • risyad cevan
  • 08-02-19

love it

I found this book inspiring yet it's honest. it captures all Jamie Vardy struggles and mistakes along the way brilliantly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-17

what a story

what a story! absolutely inspirational story of an underdog. best book i have ever read to date

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  • Phil
  • 06-05-17

Rags to Riches

interesting read. Normal football mad lad makes it to the big time the hard way. Really enjoyed it.