As You Do

  • by Richard Hammond
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Dissapointing

I downloaded this as soon as it appeared and nowhere did the description mention how heavily edited this was. Agreed that it doesn't say unabridged but it would have been fair to say that a lot had been taken out. Whole chapters are missing from this version - not worth the money.
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- StoremanUK

Good But Way Too Abridged - No Evel, No USA ?

This was a fun listen, Richard Hammond reads naturally and it's very 'boy's own adventure' in style. The book focuses on specific adventures - 3 of them and more than half of it is devoted to the polar adventure. The Botswana trip is dealt with quite quickly and then we have the floods in Gloucestershire. It's one thing to abridge a book for audio but this book is called As You Do - Adventures with Evel, Oliver & The President of Botswana. The USA trip and Evel Knievel do not feature at all and the Botswana trip with Oliver etc gets less time than the floods.

I really was dissapointed that so much was missing because what there is, is very good. Abriding to remove sections of a book that are in the title is ridiculous though. It's also worth noting that this book may not be suitable for younger listeners as there is some bad language.
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- Anabella

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2008
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited