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Christine Padovan's captivating, lively delivery perfectly encapsulates Richmond's freewheeling spirit and the kinetic energy of Poole's prose. Her skillful performance makes this experience as bracing and compelling as a NASCAR race, making it difficult to pause after pressing play.
Richmond believed he could use his stardom in racing as a springboard to a second career as an actor, and he had the Hollywood good looks to make that a realistic dream. At the same time, Richmond was also a throwback. He pushed his race cars hard, too hard at times, driving every lap like he was hauling moonshine through the mountains of the Carolinas with a revenuer on his rear bumper. Those who saw him drive still compare him to veterans like Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly, who ran as hard off the track as they did off of it.
In the early 1980s, however, Richmond stood out. He was not from the South; he had not grown up slinging a stock car through the dirt on red-clay ovals. He had, in fact, never raced at all until he was 21. And just 10 years later, after making a splash in the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, he was emerging as one of the brightest stars and greatest talents in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. Richmond's star was bright, but its light went out too soon.
As he neared stock car racing's zenith, Richmond's life took a tragic turn. A man who thrived on the affection he felt from those who enjoyed watching him compete spent his final months almost completely shut off from that world. Tim Richmond: The Fast Life and Remarkable Times of NASCAR's Top Gun tells the memorable story of a born racer and how he raced headlong through life with the throttle wide open and his wheels burning rubber at almost every turn.
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By Mark on 04-23-14
Some wrong info but entertaining bio
The book did seem to have some wrong info, such as Bill Elliott winning the Daytona 500 during the Sudafed fiasco. Bobby Allison won it that year. The story was lacking in some of its statements, so that was disappointing, knowing more could have been gotten regarding Mr. Richmond's colorful life.
NASCAR is mainly a guy's pastime, so I would have expected a male narrator, but Ms Padovan's lower/tomboyish voice actually pulls off narrating this story very well. And I doubt Audible's Critics review would have said such glowing praise if they truly didn't like her narration. Looks like she actually researched some of the accents for certain well known folks because she emulated their vocal styling very well.
Overall, a very entertaining, interesting bio on the late, great Tim Richmond.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Rocco Micelotta on 05-31-17
Great story, terrible narrator
Great story but the narrator was terrible, she spoke in accents which were insultingly bad. Narrator did not take time to research the correct way to pronounce people's names or certain terms that stand out to avid fans of the sport. The story is fantastic and I wish I was old enough to have watched Tim race.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Donal on 01-18-17
Reasonable Book Ruined By A Poor Reader.
Would you try another book written by David Poole or narrated by Christine Padovan?
David Poole - Yes.
Christine Padovan - No! Definitely not! How did this person ever get hired to read this book aloud? Did nobody listen to her? "Terrible" would be a compliment. Her sentences actually do not make sense because she is pausing at the end of every line. e.g Tim Richmond led every lap of the Penzoil 500. Until his engine blew three laps from home.
Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Padovan’s performances?
Could you see Tim Richmond being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Yes, quite easily.