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On the Edge: My Story - Read by Richard Hammond

Released on 31 October 2007

Author: Richard Hammond

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He describes his childhood and adolescence and the emergence of the adrenalin junkie, the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle, and an increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. He finds an attractive girl, Mindy, who shares his interests and helps him organise his high-speed life. For such a lively and intelligent communicator TV beckons and he becomes one of the daredevil trio, with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who make such an enormous world-wide success of the revamped BBC TV programme Top Gear. He describes the personalities, the camaraderie and the stunts with which they entertain their weekly audiences until the day of his 300 mph crash that took Top Gear off the air and plunged a nation into mourning. The day of the crash, his rescue and the flight to hospital in a coma are described and then Mindy recounts the anxious waiting until he finally emerges from his coma - to immediately pull out all his life support equipment - and Richard then pieces together the stages of recovery as his shattered mind slowly reforms. We learn exactly what happened to him and the milestones in his slow recovery to full health. The final chapter recounts the return to Top Gear and the screening of the events of that fateful day.

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 Emotional Rollercoaster

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This truly is the most moving story I have ever read. I bought the book and enjoyed it so much I then went and bought the audiobook. To hear the Hamster reliving the whole experience is just incredible. I have never been so moved by a book - read or heard. I cried with Mindy as the news was broken to hear, I laughed with Richard as he relives the crazier mental moments. I watch Top Gear with a completely different view and an entirely new respect for Richard Hammond and his entire family.
I would recommend this not just to the Hamster fans. To fans of Top Gear, Cars, Autobiographies in general and anyone who would just like to read an incredible story about one man's experience of a coma and what he saw, heard, felt and thought in those touch and go days. Please do not miss this, you will regret it - I know I sure would!

 On the edge

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A nightmare story beautifully told. Mindy is a revelation and hopefully a future author as she apeaks and writes beautifully. Richard offers us another dimension to the TV guy we may feel we know. Even though you know the story turns out well it is still a rollercoaster ride, that will make you smile and also bring a tear to your eye. Highly recommended as a super present or just a treat for yourself. I listened through twice and it has since been passed around the family to equally rave reviews from both young and not quite so young.

 Great Book

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I've just started reading the book and I'am strugling to put it down! I am thinking of getting this, but need to know if it's on a CD or tape. Could someone please tell me!

 You might sit on the fence...

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I'm a massive Richard Hammond fan, and was really keen to find out what 'really' happened and how he coped with the jet car incident, and that I did. Note the book is also written by Mindy Hammond, his wife and was a much needed part of the book. But I found her audio slights irritating and poorly rein acted. I even chuckled to myself about it a few times.. which I know the book didn't intend!

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AuthorRichard Hammond
Duration3.70 hours (approx)