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And on That Bombshell

Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR
Narrated by: Richard Porter, Ben Elliot
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015.

Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.

And on That Bombshell tells stories from behind the scenes of one of the world's most successful television programmes, taking in driving monkeys, broken bones, flying cars, angry rednecks and Jeremy Clarkson's secret nickname.

Richard Porter provides a unique insight into how the programmes were made, revealing behind-the-scenes disasters more comical than anything seen on screen and explaining what it was like to work inside the self-professed 'poky motoring show' that accidentally became a global phenomenon.

Read by Ben Elliot and with an introduction read by the author.

©2015 Richard Porter (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Drags on a bit.

Unfortunately not my favorite Tpp Gear book. It just seemed to drag on too much. Certainly not a book I would read a second time.

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Too sibilant

Great story. But the recording is too sibilant. The “s”’s are ear-piercing. EQ it next time!

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This is a must for top gear fans.

You get hear inner working of Top Gear. makes you want to watch the shows again from series 1 and including old top gear

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Brilliant

Brilliant, funny and in parts almost made me cry, we all know how how the story ends but it's intriguing to hear it from the inside.

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Insightful

It was great to get the view of someone who worked behind the scenes of what can only be described as " A one in a million " show. Most insightful.

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A laugh in every chapter.

Some say.......that this is actually a long lost Shakespeare comedy and that the narrator is actually Kristin Scott Thomas putting on her deep voice. All we know is......this is a bloody good book!
As befits the show, great writing, about a subject we all love, read with style and humour. Get it....now...and start listening with a grin on your face.

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  • Krystal Kwong
  • 16-08-2019

For Top Gear enthusiasts!

This was a really fun listen. While there are definitely some slower parts of the book, the real meat is the anecdotal stories about Clarkson, Hammond, and May from Porter. I feel like I learned a lot about these 3 fascinating individuals, and I think this is a must-buy for any Top Gear/Grand Tour fan.

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  • Rene Boudreaux
  • 16-07-2019

A Wonderful Story told by the right man

The true story of Top Gear told in great details by the man who was there & lived it day to day. I've watched EVERY episode several times, it never gets old to me. This book filled in the gaps of what we as huge fans didnt see on the show. Thank You Richard Porter for "filling in the gaps" to a huge fans obsession.

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  • Aivaras Pranskaitis
  • 07-04-2019

For All Top Gear Fans

Loved it. A glimpse into Top Gear history/operations written in a Top Gear humor style.

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  • Theodore John
  • 18-03-2019

Huge Fan Approved!

I loved Top Gear with these three guys. I love the new Grand Tour. The three of them have such an engaging relationship that it is no wonder they all got along. The backstory to how it all came to be and how it all progressed is absolutely engaging and really wonderful to listened to. At times I felt myself laughing and utterly shocked at what I was hearing. To hear how it all fell apart from one of the people who was there adds clarity to the whole story. The media delivery of this news was utter crap and twisted fabrication of the truth. Thank you Mr. Porter for setting the record straight. Thankfully, with the Top Gear debacle in their past, the three have gone on to much better things. I also find it tremendously honorable that James May and Richard Hammond would not do anything without their partner in crime.

This book is well worth the time and I highly recommend it.

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  • James
  • 18-12-2017

Must read for Top Gear fans

Really good insight into the behind the scenes of the Top Gear phenomenon. Hearing the story from the person who wrote so much of the show helps understand the effort that went into the show.

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  • BILLB
  • 09-12-2017

If you like Top Gear....

A very well done and well read back story on one of the most unique TV shows of the last 25 years.
Interesting, funny and informative; read by the author and the guy who lived it. Fully enjoyable book.

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  • Jeremy clarkson
  • 24-01-2018

great book

loved it, gave me the behind the scene look of my favorite show. goodbye top gear

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  • Zack
  • 08-10-2016

two pauses

I downloaded this program at just before 4 pm on a friday. I finished packing my car and was almost ready to go.
I began the program, shifted to drive and then set off across I-90 across South Dakota.

I paused the program the first time just long enough to order a sandwich at Arhy's, then it went right back on.

The final time I paused it was when I arrived at my Granother's house and made about 90 minutes of conversation before it was time for bed. Then it went right back on.

Eleven hours after hitting play (12 if you believe in time zones) I'm extremely sad this book has ended, but massively excited at Top Gear as a show bravely soldering on, The Grand Tour seeing the Trio embark on a massively entertaining new chapter in broadcasting, and so, so grateful for this awesome look at a show I love so much to be available as an audio book for one of the more dreary drives on planet earth.

And I am certain I will listen to it again on my return trip on Monday.

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  • Adam Buckler
  • 22-11-2015

Interesting but it feels like it was rushed

The stories is interesting and well performed. However, the way the book is laid out doesn't always seem to flow from chapter to chapter very well and some of the anecdotes are a bit weak. It has the feeling of an essay that needs redrafting before submission and I wonder if this was due to rushing to get it out the door while top gear was fresh in minds.

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  • Mark
  • 27-07-2016

Excellent book

I rejoined Audible after some 4 years away just so that I could listen to this book! And well worth it was too. Great narrative by Richard Porter who painted a very real picture of what it's like to work on Top Gear, what worked, what didn't work, and what was a lot more hassle than it was worth!

The only criticism I would dare to level at it is the length, it could have easily been twice as long and told a lot more stories from their travels, but Richard is a busy man!

Looking forward to the next one detailing life on the Grand Tour!

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  • Mary Rooney
  • 03-04-2016

Great

Great book for fans of top gear. Loved the insight and behind the scenes look into this great show.

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  • m
  • 10-11-2015

Great for TG fans

As a big TG fan, though under few illusions over what the cast are actually like, there were no great surprises there.

Some fun and interesting behind the scenes stories, though others conspicuously absent in any detail - eg the arctic trip. If you like the off-the-wall witticisms of top gear, we are left in no doubt that Mr Porter is responsible for many. "Drowning in kittens"....haha. I guess the biggest disappointment is in being left wanting more. This is not the book's fault of course...

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 10-08-2019

Some say

Some say if you’re a fan of the show you must give this a listen! The book goes into the history of the show and what it was like to work with the trio.

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  • Partha Dey
  • 08-01-2019

The book you wish never ended

Loved every minute, I really didn't want it to end, a extremely well written, funny, witty, narrated brilliantly, about my favourite childhood show, what could be better?

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  • Adam Matthews
  • 27-11-2018

Good News!

one hundred percent would recommend this to anyone who has ever watched top gear.

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  • terence orpe
  • 20-10-2018

Ok I spoke

Can get a bit meh but an ok listen
It filled some hours on the beach

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-2018

Great listen. So entertaining.

Really enjoyed it. If you like TopGear you'll love it. Trust me. It is fun and entertaining.

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  • Slim
  • 27-05-2018

Brilliant

Very interesting insight into the world of top gear behind the camera and also very funny.