Into the Arena

  • by Alexander Fiske-Harrison
  • Narrated by Paul Thornley
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011.
In this remarkable and controversial book, Alexander Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.


What the Critics Say

"An engrossing introduction to Spain's 'great feast of art and danger'." (Sunday Times, London)
"An engrossing introduction to bullfighting." (Financial Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Insightful from a knowledgeable person.

If you could sum up Into the Arena in three words, what would they be?

A book that tries to give an insight into the role and the reason why bullfighting is such an integral part of Spanish history and traditions

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Disappointed the author didn't narrate the book himself, it took away from the value of the message he was trying to get across. Was this book just an extended blog and passed straight to the narrator.

What three words best describe Paul Thornley’s voice?

Slow, Prevaricate, exprobate

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Some very interesting parts some drawn out parts, worth reading if you have an interest in bullfighting.

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- Viernes

A decent read for those who enjoy this subject

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because I believe it gives an insight into a world little known outside Spain. A good attempt with obviously a great deal of research into the history of bullfighting.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I thought the end was a little predictable but quite enjoyable none the less.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No emotional reaction for me but understand it could effect some people who have no or little experience of this tradition.

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- Frank Luton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios