The Test PDF µ Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 408 pages
  • The Test
  • Brian ODriscoll
  • English
  • 08 December 2015

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The TestI don't read many sports memoirs and found this one interesting for early years and incidentals like getting falsely arrested in New York rather than the account of matches Avid rugby fans may rate the book higher I did feel that we were expected to know all about the rules personalities and tensions which someone who lived and breathed the sport would but occasional viewers would not The author has not much to say to anyone outside his sport and has made no plans that we can see for after his career unlike most jockeys who want to keep working with horses For instance the author finds Bono sitting behind him and says hi when Bono congratulates him on a game Well what do you say to Bono? he asks us and says nothing I can think of many things to say to Bono starting with liking his music asking what he's recording now how his wife's charity is helping kids whether Bono attends rugby matches or Similarly the photos which are excellent sports photos by pro photographers are not by the author nor is there one without the author I am sure it was tough to select from the great photo files available but apart from a couple of family snaps we don't see any other interests The language is simple and straightforward and the player early decides he is not going to get himself badly hurt yet by continuing to put rugby first that is exactly what happens after not too many years Sports players are entertainers and need to bear in mind that they have a short shelf life in that role I am sure this rugby captain can be proud of playing for Ireland and I hope he has a good rest of his life This is an unbiased review This is the long awaited autobiography of the greatest rugby player of our time Brian O'Driscoll Since 1999 when he made his international debut there has been no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade and since then the legend has only grown Now at the end of his amazing career which culminated in fairy tale fashion with Ireland's victory in the 2014 Six Nations championship he tells his own story Honest gritty and thoughtful Brian O'Driscoll's Autobiography is not just an essential sports book It is an essential book about family friends hard work courage and imagination An amazing career There will only ever be one BOD Dan Carter A thoroughly enjoyable read After reading The Test I warmed even to O'Driscoll as a player and a man He stood for a new ethos in Irish sport that refused to accept mediocrity or glorious failure Fergal Keane Irish Times O'Driscoll's honesty takes the reader to a place they simply have not been before Vincent Hogan Irish Independent I really enjoyed this book It was good to hear about his early career how he fought through all the inuries and personal tests he had to overcome You felt you were sitting listening to Brian chatWell worth a read for any rugby fan Not perfect but filled with moments of charmThis is the first sports autobiography I have ever read and I wasn't sure what to expect I am a huge rugby fan and as much a fan of Brian O'Driscoll as any English person can be You definitely need a good knowledge of not just rugby but particularly Irish rugby to fully enjoy this book everyone and his uncle is given a nickname which can leave you a little lost if like me you're an an observer of Irish rugby than a die hard fan It was also easy to lose track of which competition he was talking about at any given time but again I'm not knowledgeable of the game outside of international test rugby and the English premiership The book was largely made up of blow by blow accounts of games from BOD's perspective which while obviously relevant I feel I could have read in a match report But there are truly charming moments here too It's refreshing to see the person behind the legend from press gaffes and touching moments with his family to much sadder times including the loss of his best friend What I really really loved about this book is how honest Brian is throughout After serious injury his confidence takes a knock After losing his best friend he goes to a dark place He talks frankly about his fear of losing the captaincy about his friendshiprivalries often both at the same time with other rugby superstars Yes there were a lot of 'match reports' but the book never felt boring unfortunately I found no substance in this read rather it was like a diary from one match to the next I was hoping to get to know about Brian O'Driscoll rather than a running commentary on games from school to finish No insight into management both provincial international nor teammates or opponents He has little in way of either positive or negative comments on the many personalities he has come across Lions tour to New Zealand was no than a few pages Nothing about what happened in the dressing room at half time in the Heineken Cup final against Northampton When writing this he obviously was thinking of a future broadcasting career and didn't want to rock the boat Maybe I was expecting too much when I compare it to Agassi or Keane autobiographies but then he doesn't have the same hardship as they may have had Having said all this as a rugby fan I enjoyed the read but learnt nothing about the real BOD Duff A pleasant read but superficial and without any deep thoughts on anything much including the many controversies Confirms the general rule that with a few exceptions Richie McCaw Brian Moore David Kirk the better the player the poorer the autobiography The worst remain David Campese Michael Jones and Jonah Lomu Hilariously awful for about 50 pages then slow torture This man is the greatest rugby player I have seen I am biased being Irish but seeing him take teams apart at times was extraordinary and his leadership of Leinster and Ireland was second to noneLoved reading about his career and his views on incidents like the Lions tour to New ZealandA solid read One of my favorite rugby players of all time Great book on his life Decent read but I think a lot of the key controversies were kept out