• As You Do

  • Adventures With Evel, Oliver, and The Vice-President Of Botswana
  • By: Richard Hammond
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-14-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The wry, honest and often hilarious chronicles of a very brave and clever TV presenter, Arctic Explorer and general drawer of the Short Straw. Moving quickly on from the devastating crash that nearly killed him he ranges widely over his life and times: a visit to Glastonbury with James May reminds of him of his early years of playing in a band and how and why he never quite made it as a rock star; the stunts and other perils that come his way like the TopGear North Pole race (why is it Richard who is out in the howling elements in a dog sled whilst the others are in the heated cab of an all-terrain vehicle?), Africa where he falls in love with and repatriates a stray car, and the US (once to be chased by Rednecks in middle America, the other in pursuit of his mad hero Evel Knievel); his passion for cars, what he owns and why and although he loves his wife why it is a toss-up whether he says hello to the wife or the cars first. Balancing home and family with a crazy, peripatetic working life (or not, sometimes), the hamster is well and truly back on the wheel.
©2008 Richard Hammond (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alicia on 09-07-17

Chapter on Evel is missing.

I don't know if the chapter on Evel was never recorded or wasn't included on Audible, but it's really disappointing to know that I'm not getting the whole book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rafael on 11-06-12

I only wish it had been unabridged!

Where does As You Do rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As You Do ranks high on the list. Richard Hammond's self effacing sense of humor makes for a very fun listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Do?

His description of meeting the sled dogs in the arctic race was epic! Not to put in any spoilers, but he literally gets dragged across the ice and through pile after pile of "doggie deposits" while the dogs essentially ignore him (they are very big and powerful) in their quest to reach their owner, whom they really care about.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

This was narrated by the author, who does a fantastic job with the pacing and tone.

Any additional comments?

It's short, and full of laughs, I heartily recommend it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By StoremanUK on 02-21-09


I downloaded this as soon as it appeared and nowhere did the description mention how heavily edited this was. Agreed that it doesn't say unabridged but it would have been fair to say that a lot had been taken out. Whole chapters are missing from this version - not worth the money.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anabella on 02-20-09

Good But Way Too Abridged - No Evel, No USA ?

This was a fun listen, Richard Hammond reads naturally and it's very 'boy's own adventure' in style. The book focuses on specific adventures - 3 of them and more than half of it is devoted to the polar adventure. The Botswana trip is dealt with quite quickly and then we have the floods in Gloucestershire. It's one thing to abridge a book for audio but this book is called As You Do - Adventures with Evel, Oliver & The President of Botswana. The USA trip and Evel Knievel do not feature at all and the Botswana trip with Oliver etc gets less time than the floods.

I really was dissapointed that so much was missing because what there is, is very good. Abriding to remove sections of a book that are in the title is ridiculous though. It's also worth noting that this book may not be suitable for younger listeners as there is some bad language.

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