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.More
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I only wish it had been unabridged!
As You Do ranks high on the list. Richard Hammond's self effacing sense of humor makes for a very fun listen
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.
This was narrated by the author, who does a fantastic job with the pacing and tone.
It's short, and full of laughs, I heartily recommend it.
A must for Top Gear fans
- Ron "Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey."