• Lewis Hamilton

  • The Full Story (revised Edition 2009)
  • By: Mark Hughes
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-10-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (43 ratings)


No driver has ever made such an instant impact on the sport of F1 racing as Lewis Hamilton. The first black grand prix driver, his astonishing level of success in his rookie season together with his swash-buckling, attacking style has created a sensation. It has also been a central factor in the most exciting and controversial season of F1 in living memory as Hamilton was involved in a three-way fight for the world crown. Industrial espionage, claims of team favouritism and some stunning on-track action have peppered Hamilton's first season in the sport's top category. Here is the in-depth story of this phenomenon - from his upbringing on a Stevenage council estate to the day he first sat in a kart as a seven-year-old to his sensational challenge on the world title. Friends, colleagues, team-mates, rivals, chaperones and engineers who have worked with him here give some remarkable insights into Lewis the man and the driver, as well as into the close but complex relationship with father Anthony, the man who has largely steered his career. In the process, we see how F1 success has changed this young man's life in a very short space of time. "'Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of Tiger Woods-like status: forget his skin colour, it's about the emergence of a phenomenon. He's in the process of transcending the whole sport, imprinting himself into the consciousness of people who would normally have little or no interest in Formula One.' The Sunday Times, April 15, 2007"
©2009 Mark Hughes 2007, 2009
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5 out of 5 stars
By cmj123 on 09-08-17

A story of progressive winning, patience and persistence

This is a true story of the making of a champion. The book systematically shows how Hamilton progressively won his way to become a champion through hardwork, dedication and focus. The story of Hamilton as a racer and as a man is profoundly inspiring.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 02-06-16


Great account of early life and his first season in F1. Great to relive some of the moments from what was a very exciting season.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 13-11-09

Not great

I'm a big Hamilton/Mclaren fan, so I was excited to download this title. The early parts of the story are interesting, detailing Hamilton's rise through the karting and lower formula series on his way to F1.

Unfortunately, even casual F1 fans that were watching the 2007 season will know 98% of the F1 information presented already. The F1 portions are mostly recaps of the races from '07, including a complete reading of the race result and drivers championship standings after every race. In other words, the reader will tell you about a dozen times that Sebastian Vettel has 1 point. These readings total up to at least 10 minutes of listen time.

In addition, the glowing way in which Hughes portrays Hamilton gets a bit tiring and redundant after a while. It seems that every move Hamilton makes on track is "inspired" and "flawless". At times, it sounds more like a fan blog than something worth paying for.

Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly a gifted driver with a long career ahead of him. I recommend waiting till the full story can be told. In the meantime, the Murray Walker audiobook is excellent.

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3 out of 5 stars
By mehigh on 13-04-18

Second half is annoyin

Second half of the book has almost minute long reads from points and positions that are so drawn out it’s infuriating to listen to. We don’t need every point and every position all the way to 19th! Just explain the significance and 2 to 3 placements.

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