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The Carroll Shelby Story

Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
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Carroll Shelby wasn’t born to run. He was born to race - some of the fastest cars ever to tear up a speedway. The exciting new feature film Ford v Ferrari - starring Matt Damon as Shelby and Christian Bale as fellow racer Ken Miles - immortalizes the small-town Texas boy who won the notorious Le Mans 24-hour endurance challenge and changed the face of auto racing with the legendary Shelby Cobra. But there’s much more to his high-velocity, history-making story.

A wizard behind the wheel, he was also a visionary designer of speed machines that ruled the racetrack and the road. While his GT40s racked up victories in the world’s most prestigious professional racing showdowns, his masterpiece, the Ford Cobra, gave Europe’s formidable Ferrari an American-style run for its money. If you’ve got a need for speed, strap in next to the man who put his foot down on the pedal, kept his eyes on the prize, and never looked back. 

©1965, 1967 Carroll Shelby and Lyle Kenyon Engel (P)2019 Graymalkin Media LLC

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Loved it!

Saw the film Ford V Ferrari and loved it. I wanted to learn more about Carroll Shelby who was played by Matt Damon in the film. I remember hearing stories from my friend's dad who used to drive an AC Cobra. I came across this audiobook and it did not disappoint. Felt like I was right there with Shelby. Fascinating to hear Shelby in his own words.

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Interesting but not what I expected

I bought this after watching Ford vs. Ferrari, hoping to get those extra details that weren’t in the movie. That did not happen. This biography covers more of Shelby’s earlier life and days leading to the time before the Le Mans, of the movie, which was very entertaining but the parts covering the technical parts of the cobra was hard to follow. I’m not petro head so I felt stupid on those details of how the car works.

Now the portion that covers the events of the movie is about 14 minutes of the book, told through the eyes of someone else. It was simply the cliff notes of the movie.

It’s still an interesting read but not good for filling in the gaps of the movie that may have brought you here.

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Excellent story

I just happened to see a 2 hr Netflix documentary about Shelby from childhood to death. It was an excellent show, I learned more about the man than I had ever known. I saw Ford v Ferrari a week later. I think the movie did a pretty good job, but fell way short (and inaccurate) of what I had seen on Netflix....my point being....the book so far has tracked to the documentary. Great listen.

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Personable voice

Captures the writers personality in a relaxed straight forward and compelling story climaxing in the legendary Le Mans Ford-Shelby victory. From this memoir it’s easy to understand his success.

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  • Paul Gaish
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Brilliant

Great story and very engaging. Join Carol on his journey from chicken farming to racing to building his dream