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As Kieran Read prepares to call time on his distinguished New Zealand career at the end of the Rugby World Cup, this is the open and honest life story of one of rugby's greatest players, a legendary All Black and a two-time World Cup winner. 

Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year-old in 2008 and since then has amassed more than a century of Test appearances in the famous jersey. Now, after a stellar provincial, club and international career - including back-to-back World Cup victories - the New Zealand captain writes openly and honestly about his time in the game. 

Read takes to this audiobook with his trademark determination, lifting the lid on the unique pressures of succeeding as captain the most celebrated All Black of all time (Richie McCaw). He outlines the decisions that molded his career and uncovers the skills of the coaches who shaped him while offering listeners an inside account of how the world's greatest team functions and thrives.  

Read unpacks the emotional toll of injury and the ignominy of defeat, neatly illustrating the intense experience of representing a rugby-obsessed nation while delivering a masterclass in how to manage the many demands on the mind and on the body.  

Forthright and frank, Read's well-respected views on the game and its future are a must-listen for rugby fans, and his take on the myriad personalities and the peccadilloes of his teammates, coaches and opponents will be sure to surprise and delight. From the playing fields of Papakura to the summit of the sport, Read has faced every challenge head on. His life story is no exception.

©2019 Kieran Read (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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A surprisingly wonderful read! Highly Recommend!

Just found this while looking for a new autobiography to listen to. I don't really write reviews but, I really enjoyed this audiobook more than I thought I would and it was because it was from Kieran's prospective. It's funny how you've watched so many of the moments he's shared about, especially in the Rugby World Cups, but these stories give you a new outlook on what it feels like to be a professional rugby player and the triumphs and motivations from his prospective. It's an easy listen and the stories and lessons are incredibly relatable and profound despite not being a professional athlete. Highly recommended and will probably listen to again in the future.

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  • Sean Casement
  • 10-29-20

Like the man himself

It is just his story from his point of view. And it is a dam good book.

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  • R. J. Selwyn
  • 02-13-21

Great but not the Greatest Rugby Story

Wow what a winner, what a leader and what a supreme athlete. Total respect to this NZ AB Legend! However the story does jump around a fair bit, I think Kieran assumes that all readers/listeners know his story and glosses over many events and facts but I for one enjoy the minor details and all the dates and explanations. I enjoyed this story, very interesting and from a true warrior but this is not the best Rugby story I have listened to probably rate this 5th from the 5 that I have read etc, Clive Woodward, Eddie Jones, Joe Marler and the Bomb. Joe Marler had me in absolute laugh out loud stitches btw. Plus there is almost no humour in this book but maybe this is a reflection of Kieran Reeds character and he is a true professional and serious about everything he does and for that I can not fault him. A great read nonetheless for all Rugby fans.

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  • 06-24-20

Great book

Great fella and an excellent career.... and this is coming from a Springbok fan... 🤙

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  • Layla Singleton
  • 05-02-20

If your'e an All Blacks fan this is a must read.

A fantastic insight into the life of the All Blacks captain and a brutal reality of life as a professional rugby player. The book talks much of his career in the crusaders as well as the All Blacks. I found the first chapters a little slow but the latter chapters gripping as he talks you through hes perspective of the All Black test matches and world cups. I couldn't reccomend this book enough.

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  • 01-13-20

Honest, what you expect from a kiwi

Loved the way the stories were portrayed, very honest, humbling and at times a typical cocky kiwi ....

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  • Chris
  • 12-21-19

It was Alright.

If you are a rugby fan, it is an interesting read regarding injuries but didn't really go into much details where other rugby books have. Very much could have been a professional cricketer or rugby player.

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  • 01-20-20

The man

got me good captain. Hope his influence continues for the future All blacks to follow.