On the Edge

  • by Richard Hammond
  • Narrated by Richard Hammond, Mindy Hammond
  • 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Hammond describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life. For such a lively and intelligent communicator, TV beckons and he becomes one of the daredevil trio, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who make such an enormous world-wide success of the revamped BBC-TV programme Top Gear. He describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which they entertain their weekly audiences until the day of his 300 mph crash that took Top Gear off the air and plunged a nation into mourning. The day of the crash, his rescue and the flight to hospital in a coma are described, and then Mindy recounts the anxious waiting until he finally emerges from his coma to immediately pull out all his life-support equipment. Richard then pieces together the stages of recovery as his shattered mind slowly reforms. We learn exactly what happened to him and the milestones in his slow recovery to full health. The final chapter recounts the return to Top Gear and the screening of the events of that fateful day.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A bit disappointing!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, I expected a bit more so was quite disappointed.


What do you think your next listen will be?

It was the Rob Louw book -Stories I only tell my friends' and WHAT A DIFFERENCE and I've fallen in love with audiobooks story telling


Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ?

No


Did On the Edge inspire you to do anything?

No


Any additional comments?

While Richard is enormously Entertainng on TV I was slightly disappointed in how his voice translates in audible. His wife has 'cute voice' but not for audio

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- Cindy

Good, would have been better unabridged

Interesting story from an interesting guy, but it felt like they chopped a lot of detail for the abridged version. Would have been a much better listen as unabridged. :(
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- ascetic "ascetic"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2007
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited