The Top Gear Story

  • by Martin Roach
  • Narrated by Jerome Pride
  • 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the full story of the unstoppable rise of Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig – and how they have transformed an ordinary programme about cars into one of the most famous and best-loved TV programmes of the 21st century.
Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series then faced the axe in 2001 – but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love.
The addition of co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May completed the Top Gear dream team and ratings soared asviewers tuned in to see the latest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, arguments over the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig. Top Gear has long attracted criticism for its dangerous stunts and the presenters’ controversial opinions.

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I wish I had bought something else

What disappointed you about The Top Gear Story?

Just a written summary of top gear episodes nothing we didn't already know.


What could Martin Roach have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Gotten interviews with the members of the top gear team instead of relying on secondhand tales.


What does Jerome Pride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book was pure bilge and didn't finish it, this was no fault of Jerome Pride, probably wouldn't have gotten as far as I did without him!


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Jerome Pride an excellent narrator.


Any additional comments?

Save your money or credits and don't buy this, watch Top Gear instead!

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- Thomas

Nothing New

This is basically a big TG fan recounting various episodes and the presenters' articles and interviews.
Setting aside some facts he got wrong (Fisher is a cat; it's James, not Jeremy who is the same age as Oliver), this book lacks any kind of "insider" info. If you've seen the more popular antics, and have ever read about the presenters in a paper, then you're already aware of everything in this book.
I can't even consider it an encyclopedic type book to recommend as reference. In essence, it's not The Top Gear Story, it's just a bloke going on and on (and on) about his favorite show and his unbridled hero worship.
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- Kim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd