Rush to Glory

Formula 1 Racing's Greatest Rivalry
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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The greatest duel in Formula 1 history: the 1976 season between Austrian Niki Lauda and Britain's James Hunt. As the '75 season ended, Hunt was out of Formula One racing while Lauda was world champion and the odds-on favorite for '76 with a year's contract ahead of him and Enzo Ferrari begging him to sign a multi-year deal. James Hunt, without a drive until Emerson Fittipaldi broke his McLaren contract, grabbed the McLaren drive with both hands and the help of friend John Hogan. The result? Two drivers in an epic 16-race battle across the globe for the '76 title, ultimately decided by a single point.

Fame, wealth, drugs, sex, and the rest of globe-trotting 1970s Formula 1 racing are encompassed in the Lauda vs. Hunt duel. At the '76 German Grand Prix, Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash, only to emerge six weeks later, severe burns on his face and head, to pursue his rivalry with Hunt. It all came down to the last race, a rain-soaked affair in Japan, where Hunt won the championship by the slimmest possible margin. The book is a study in contrasts during an era of Brut aftershave and disco sex parties. James Hunt, legendary philanderer and Formula 1 rock star, versus supernatural racer Niki Lauda, who in '75 set the first sub-seven minute lap around the ring...

©2013 Tom Rubython (P)2013 Tantor

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Fantastic, highly recommend

Loved the story and the narrating. Enjoyed it so much, I actually liked being in traffic just so I could listen to it more.

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captivating

great book to listen to for people passionated by the world of f1 and behind the scene

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Amazing Story

This book is amazing. It is a truly in-depth look at the 1976 Formula One racing season and the lives of James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. Well narrated with a driving story. A must read for Formula One fans!

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great story and well written

I am a racing fan and knew of this before the movie and this book humanizes the characters in a way that the Hollywood version can't. The short stories of the Drivers antics and the close look into racing politics is easy to understand and well written.

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I laughed out loud a dozen times

When i first started listening, i didn't realize i was listening to a foreword and got the impression I had made a mistake. I was hearing basic info and nothing I didn't already know.

Then the actual book started. This book goes fairly deep into both Lauda and Hunt's stories, along with some of the supporting cast. This goes way beyond the recent movie adaptation and I found myself always looking forward to the next listening session.

The narrator does an excellent job and some dry humor, often just due to the absurdity of actual events, comes through nicely thanks to his delivery.

Well worth it for any F1 fan or just those that enjoy a good real life story.

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Wish I could get my credit back

I bought this book a while ago and I never got around to listening. Since Niki passed away yesterday I figured I would listen. This book is horrible. The story is horrible, the narration isn't great and in the first 20 minutes I've heard several inconsistencies. I know he was a great driver but some of stuff he did was just stupid.