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Who is Rampaging Roy Slaven? An Australian icon, a raconteur, an athlete of unsurpassable - and some may say improbable - sporting feats. Whether it was riding Rooting King to another Melbourne Cup victory, commentating the Olympics or hobnobbing with the country's upper crust, Rampaging Roy Slaven has lived an extraordinary life.

But even some of the greatest men come from humble beginnings. Before he shot to fame as Australia's most talented sportsman, he was just another kid in Lithgow, trying to avoid Brother Connell's strap and garner the attention of Susan Morgan from the local Catholic girls school.

Blessed follows one year in the life of the boy who would become Rampaging Roy Slaven, a boy who, even at the age of 15, knew he was destined for greatness but had to get through high school first.

John Doyle, the man who knows him best, delves into the early years of the master of midfield mayhem.

©2021 John Doyle (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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Simply Brilliant

You would expect nothing less from one of the most naturally gifted humans to ever call Lithgow home…
My only critique is that Mudgee is not a shit hole.

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I didn't want this story to end

Endearing, funny, warm, masterfully told and narrated. Instant Australian classic. John Doyle has done a brilliant job with this fictional tale that must be largely fashioned from his real childhood experiences and associates, it just feels too pure and true to be otherwise.

I was drawn in very early and I found myself looking at the 'minutes remaining' after every listen with regret. It was a real treat and as you would expect, John really delivers a great performance.

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You can’t take the boy out of Lithgow!

I spent my adolescence years living in Lithgow during the 70s and 80s and related Roy Slaven’s experiences to my own, especially when it came to cricket and dating! I knew a few of the characters and even lived in Martini Parade! A great yarn and extremely funny but that’s to be expected from “Rampaging Roy”.

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Very funny. But also a good yarn. Poignant.

What a pleasure to listen to John Doyle tell of Roy's youth. Dealing with the brothers of De La Salle, an absent deadbeat dad, a loving mum, and growing up in country town Australia. Really enjoyed it, can't wait for the next installment.

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An extra layer of interest for me.

Having gone through school in Lithgow at the same time as John Doyle, I found this book to be an incredible journey through my adolescence. Reg the carpetlayer was my next door neighbour and my dad worked at Finley's. I knew almost every character in the book and by the time the book was finished I was quite sad it was over. Please John now write about 1968 and after that, 1969 and after that....

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best read in years

love this book highly recommend especially to anyone from Blue Mountains!!!!!! wow Roy really is the king!!!!

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must for fans of doyle and roy

great pseudo biography from doyle. inserts his fictional alter ego as the protagonist growing up as a young boy in lithgow. doyle is a friend of slaven and a recurring character. cant help but wonder how much of slavens story is really roys in particular his great love of his mother and disdain for his father. its a fairly original tale and where not much changes narratively. much like some stephen king novels or certain cult movies such as the big lebowski or once upon a time in hollywood this is a story about character interactions than anything else. enjoyable romp in 60's rural nsw with a lot of heart and some sports humour of course. doyle posses australias greatest trait -irreverance, in spades.

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So glad I got the audiobook version

If you love hearing stories of Rampaging Roy Slaven then this is essential listening. It not only gives an insight into the character and of an earlier more innocent time but I suspect provides an insight into John Doyle’s life growing up in Lithgow. Loved it. I think there should be a follow up with more about Roy’s experiences.

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Outstanding writing and narration.

Loved the way John Doyle intertwined his own story with that of the hero Roy. And how he invoked the feeling of country town life in the 50s and 60s with the names of popular brands and products and other sporting characters and the morals of the time, especially of a Catholic schooling. Roy was larger than life and that is just what true fans expect.

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1967 captured

I'm exactly the same age as John Doyle and it felt so familiar, excellent.

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Not great, Roy

Becomes an anti Catholic polemic, and I am no Catholic, so hugely disappointing. Much of promise in the Doyle/Slavin story, but there is real confusion between the fictional and real persons in this story, and it seems that the possibility of joy has been compromised in the interests of jihad. HG's story of life in the Barossa is at least better if entertainment without sermonising is the goal, although even that is not up to their 80s peak.

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