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Playing It My Way

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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The autobiography of the highest scoring batsman of all time.

The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement.

Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill.

When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India's batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation's devoted followers.Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style - scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai.

His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure - from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain.Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.

©2014 Sachin Tendulkar (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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The narrator couldn't speak regular Indian words

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was time well spent because I am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. But the overall audiobook is disappointing. The narrator couldn't speak regular Indian words which is a big turn off. Plus the book is very linear. The story of Sachin is well known, and I was expecting the book to be more than about just his cricket.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance could have been way better if the narrator had the sense of reading out all Indian words properly. And there are a lot of Indian words obviously.

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Good... but does not capture the sentiments

the narrator should have heard the Sachin.... Sachin... chant and used it during narration. it would have been really awesome

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Pathetic pronunciation

I am not sure why did the producers get to have Sartaj Garewal to do the voice overs. Brilliant story but the pronunciation of hindi words was absolutely a huge turn off. I wish there could have been considerate enough to have gotten someone to do the voiceover who understood the words and their relevance. Good book but third class voiceover.

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Disappointed. Expected more insightful storytellin

Underwhelming. It was mostly a narration of his personal records and cricket scores with the odd behind the scenes and insightful anecdote. Should have much more of the latter.

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just ok

the narrator could have been chosen better, he could not even pronounce indian names properly.

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Inspiring

"Enjoy life as it comes"
The autobiography enriched my life throughly. Thanks for writing.. I will recommend this book to to people from all walks of life.

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What a book!

Fantastic to know how great minds think and execute. It is a very inspirational book.

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inspiring.

legendary...inspiring and attributing to the generation of sports. had tears multiple times..Sachin the god of cricket has inspired not only the youth of india but the cricket world. salute you Bharath ratna

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Good to know the GOD of Cricket

Awesome book to listen. Its was like i was there with him until he retired. Nice book. Dont miss it.

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Superlative

This is a must listen. Very good book. Fantastic narration. Gives nostalgia. Fantastic experience. Perfect.

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  • Raj
  • 04-03-15

Tendulkar the living God

Great insight into the life if a living legend. Some stuff I knew lots I didn't. Thanks for the memmories.

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  • Teetoo
  • 02-15-19

Very disappointing

I had very high hopes from one of my favourite cricketers but sorry to say that the book was a big disappointment. Apart from stories from his personal life and his struggles, the book was a failure. Looked like it was written by a 10 year old. Sachin, get a good ghost writer and re-do the book.
To top it all, the narrator was horrendous. Being a native speaker and horribly mis-pronouncing Indian names was inexcusable. Sachin, change him too!

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  • Paresh
  • 11-25-17

sachin aachin

very interesting autobiography of one of greatest player in history of cricket. came to know many facts and figures about his personal and professional life which would not have possible to come to know without this autobiography. Thanks to sir sachin for entertaining me and whole country throughout my whole life.

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  • Zilpefamuk
  • 10-25-17

Enjoyed the book but not the narrator

The book is well organised but the narrator was missing pronunciations of key words. Didn’t stop me from enjoying the Sachin journey. What a journey he had so far.

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  • Kam and Princess
  • 08-24-16

Gave me goosebumps

Having lived through Sachin's career this was an overwhelming experience and emotional one at various moments

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  • Mr H S Patel
  • 09-15-15

Out for a Duck!

What was most disappointing about Sachin Tendulkar’s story?

For any British Indian cricket fans, Sachin is a legend. Following his retirement this book was much anticipated....What a let down. Sachin always said he was "not about the stats" and he talks about exactly that. How many runs he scored in almost every match he played. Like the BBC football scores announcements on a Saturday....yawn!
The interesting parts are about his youth, his family and interactions with team mates everything else is made to sound boring though it was never boring to watch him play. I would have liked to know more about Sachin, what makes him tick, not how many runs he scored against Bangladesh!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was easily the worst narrator to book match i have ever heard. The narrator couldn't even pronounce some of the players names properly and at times seemed like he was putting on the indian accent (border line offensive).
You have to listen to him to understand how bad he is.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

NO!

Any additional comments?

Of all the books i've purchased through Audible, this was the worst for two main reasons:
1. Narrator
2. The story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

Frustrated by narration

For a book about such an important Indian personality and one that would take so many Indians down the memory lane, it is frustrating to hear it from someone who cannot pronounce even a single Indian name or and Indian city correctly.

Not sure what the producers were thinking when they hired Sartaj Garewal to narrate it.

In every chapter you feel frustrated when he mangles names of Indian cities and sportspersons.

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  • Aashish
  • 09-19-16

Sensational read

Did Sartaj Garewal do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Sartaj was alright.He has a nice voice but his pronunciations of Indian names is really ordinary. This was a big let down unfortunately.

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  • Hemachandran
  • 06-09-16

Brilliant

The only book I have cried listening to. (towards the end)
The only one I intentionally put off a few times because I didn't want it to end.