- Life to the Limit
- Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
- Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 19-10-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Jenson Button is one of the finest racing drivers of his generation. His 17 years in Formula One have seen him experience everything the sport has to offer, from nursing duff cars round the track to winning world championships and everything in between. Here, Jenson tells his full story for the first time in his own honest, intelligent and eloquent style - from growing up as part of a motor-racing-mad family under the guidance of his father, John, to arriving at Williams as a fresh-faced 20-year-old to being written off as a playboy, distracted by the luxurious trappings of his lifestyle, and his fight back to the very pinnacle of his sport.
Jenson's world championship victory for the unsponsored and unfancied Brawn GP team is one of the most extraordinary against-the-odds sports stories of the century. Jenson's book lifts the lid on the gilded and often hidden world of Formula One. He reveals his relationships with some of the biggest names in the sport - Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso - as well some of the most colourful characters, such as Bernie Ecclestone, Ron Dennis, Frank Williams and serial winner Ross Brawn.
Above all he puts you right inside the cockpit, in the driving seat, travelling at over 200 miles per hour, battling the fear of death, showing you what happens when it goes wrong at high speed and allowing you to experience the euphoria of crossing the line first.
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By K. A. Thomas on 20-10-17
Decent book, good performance but...
...the narrator made a lot of pronunciation mistakes in drivers' names. Not a major problem, but it does pull the listener out of the story as it jars somewhat. Could have been easily avoided with a bit of prior research.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Andrew on 01-12-17
Interesting listen but narrator needed guidance
On the whole, I really enjoy this insight into Button's life and career (so far). He gives a good amount of detail, without going too far, and for a longtime F1 fan it was good to hear more about what really goes on "behind-the-scenes".
Unfortunately, the narrator of this book clearly knows nothing about Formula 1 as he read everything far too literally, case in point saying "K.E.R.S" instead of "kers", and got the pronunciation of almost all the other drivers' names wrong, which for an F1 fan is very annoying to keep hearing them said wrong.
Surely they could have found a narrator who was also an F1 fan or spent 10 minutes with the guy explaining the pronunciations.
Even better, Button could have read it himself, which I think would have really added to the experience.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Anders on 07-08-18
A must read for F1-fans
Loved it, the story and his openness about his life. It's easy to like this man.
By Mr Martin L White on 08-07-18
Great book with some great stories and real insights. Highly recommended for any F1 fans.