The Second Half

  • by Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by Roy Keane, Stephen Hogan
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Narrated by Stephen Hogan and introduced by Roy Keane.
In an 18-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005. He played at an international level for nearly all of his career, representing the Republic of Ireland over 14 years, mainly as team captain, until an incident with national coach Mick McCarthy resulted in Keane's walk-out from the 2002 World Cup.
Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and become a notably contrarian pundit for ITV. He is assistant (to Martin O'Neill) manager of the Ireland team. The TV analyst reflects the manager, the player, and the man himself, the unique Roy Keane - Keano.
As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. His status as one of football's greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinvent himself as a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed?
This book is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success. In following his personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, The Second Half blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's original voice, in a stunning collaboration brilliantly captured with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle.


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A great listen, was fantastic to hear the story behind many of the situations the media may have twisted in the past. What a great character, 100% recommend people listen to this.
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- Darragh Boyle

Overall it was OK.

I was looking forward to reading this book. It starts of and it was fantastic I was looking forward to the next time I could listen. From the middle to the end it was up and down. I wanted to finish it but the story was kinda boring. In the second half there was a lot of talking about matches Roy had as manager at Sunderland that I felt was filler. I didn't care for this and felt it was not needed in such detail.

I finished the book and didn't hate it. I am neutral on it. I hoped for more.
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- Barry Rogers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2014
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group