The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

Narrated by: Luke Thompson
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kimi Räikkönen is the Finnish superstar Formula One driver with a reputation for being fast on the track and silent off it - until now!

In this superb and authorised portrait of Räikkönen, Kari Hotakainen gets to reveal the side of the man that few beyond his close family and friends have ever seen. Enigmatic and private, Ferrari’s former world champion driver rarely opens up to outsiders, but he granted Hotakainen exclusive access to his world and to his way of thinking. It ensures that this will be a book that will delight all fans of motorsport who have long revered the Finn.

The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen takes the listener into the heart of the action at grands prix around the world and behind the scenes as race strategies are planned and opens up the private side of his life that he normally guards so carefully.

With all the cult appeal of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the raw excitement of Formula One and the insight of the best biographies, this is an audiobook every sports fan will want to treasure.

©2018 Kari Hotakainen (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"I loved it. I thought it was fascinating - really, really interesting story that he's got to tell.... I've known him for years and I learned an awful lot." (Marc Priestley) 

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Surprised by the quality

I was interested in the story of Kimi but had no expectations and the book really surprised me! How it's told and how you get an inside of Kimi's career is amazing. Makes you understand the switch to Alfa Romeo even more!

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Insightful

There is much to learn about The Iceman. and the story isn't over yet. Hope he has a lot more to give.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-12-19

Full throttle toward chaos.

Not a biography, the author states, as Kimi has lived only half of his life.
Not a biography, this reader states, just a randomly slung together procession of observations in which the author places himself more centre stage than his subject, constantly reminding us of his personal involvement with everyone he interviews. He has to leave the Ferrari paddock because he (foolishly) isn't wearing red, has to stay on Kimi's yacht because he can't get an hotel room with Kimi, and so on. Terribly constructed, the book moves erratically through incidents and time in a confusing fashion, spending even more words on the monitoring of Kimi's wife's heart rate, and speculation of that of his mother's, at the beginning of an F1 race than on Kimi and the race itself.
The whole book felt more like fictionalized supposition on the part of the author, combined with a lot of name dropping to give is verisimilitude.

This authorized biography could have - should have - been amazing, a near fairy tale story of how a young boy from a poor Finnish family managed to become a top driver in one of the most costly sports on earth. Kimi had never been to a a live Formula One meeting until he raced in one himself! What qualities did he display to be taken from comparative obscurity to tests for F1 racing, and the huge financial backing necessary? Whilst it is true that the man is more than just motor racing, that is the reason he is famous and why people want to read about him; so a substantial part of the book should surely be about his progress into the sport and his still ongoing successes within it? And his thoughts about why he is as he is as well as his more personal loves and ambitions. Not that they were there, either.

The main, perhaps only, thing I felt I learned from Hotakainen's very subjective book is that Kimi Raikkonen likes to sleep a lot. Not surprising if he has seen this book

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  • Susie
  • 01-01-19

Disappointing and a tad confusing

As a Kimi fan I was looking forward to this, but was left disappointed. Didn’t learn anything new and hard to follow. Sometimes Kimi was speaking then on behalf of Kimi. Narrator 50/100.

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  • SB Reviews
  • 12-29-18

Little to it

Not that much about the man you don't already know from watching utube. I found it difficult to know when it was kimi or someone else recounting events compared with reading a book.

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  • Mike Walker
  • 08-07-20

Good book if your fascinated by the ice man

Good book, it jumps about a lot but is a great insight into Kimi

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-20

Addictive insights

Addictive, wanted to listen whenever possible.
Felt this was a respectful and appropriate book in line with its subject!

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  • Kutal Mete Tekin
  • 05-14-20

Much better than expected

This book really shows the unknown side of Raikkonen. It was a really good listen.

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  • nosbig
  • 04-28-20

too fawning??

I only listened to approx 30 mins of this book and that was enough.
I was looking forward to this being a fan of Kimi but it was spoilt by the flowery 'dramatic' way it was written/read.
Another waste of money!!

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  • Jordan symonds
  • 03-01-20

Bwoah!

I love Kimi Raikkonen he is a gem in a world of noise and excitement
This book gives a great insight on the man behind the sunglasses however I do wish the book was more focused on telling kimis story rather than telling stories about Kimi through the eyes of an observer
Apart from that it’s fantastic

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  • Christina
  • 11-10-19

Kimi saves it

I was looking forward to this book but it let me down. I didn’t like the style of writing.i particularly didn’t like when the author was guessing Kimi’s and other people’s thoughts.

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  • zoona
  • 04-19-19

interesting facts - terrible writing

Quite painful to listen to, but interesting stories about Räikkönen.

A list of facts, written by somebody who is not a motorsport fan - but seemingly didn't get a motorsport fan to check terminology.

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  • Ray
  • 02-24-19

Great book!

The only way this book could be better is if it were read by Kimi himself.

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  • Looshbaby
  • 03-25-20

Decent

Lacks depth. Something is missing maybe structure or a sense of the big picture. Still a good read but compared to JYS or Damon Hills books it just lacks the magic.