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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2008.

Richard Hammond 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.

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.

©2007 Richard Hammond (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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Amazing & gut wrenching story

Definitely worth a listen, hearing Mindy's talk about her side of the story was harrowing.

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Mindy Hammond is the angel everyone needs in their life

Mindy had me in tears in minutes and I did not stop crying until the book was finished.
While I loved learning more about Hammond’s childhood and early career, Mindy really stole the show with her honesty and detail. I cannot imagine how horrible and hard this must have been for her to write, let alone record, but I am so grateful for her strength in doing so.

You need to listen to this book, especially if you’re in need of a good cry.

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Amazing performance especially from Mindy

The quality of narration is superb both from Richard and his wife. I genuinely shed tears at Mindy’s remembered distress.
A few things left out from the print version t that’s too be expected and nothing but that really matters.

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Nice listening to a similar recovery

After recovering from a serious brain injury myself, it was nice hearing someone else's experience going through a similar situation.

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great

Awesome book well worth the time . recommend recommended for any top gear / Richard Hammond fan

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  • S. Anderson
  • 04-06-2015

Must listen for Top Gear fans

If you are a fan of Top Gear you really need to listen to this. You know Richard had a bad crash. You know he was quite different for a while after returning. You know the BBC won't ever air that episode again.
But you don't know what Richard and his family and friends and colleagues really went through to bring him back to being a part of the show. This book was truly heart felt in its writing and delivery by Richard and his wonderful wife Mindy.

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  • Cindy
  • 04-08-2012

A bit disappointing!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, I expected a bit more so was quite disappointed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

It was the Rob Louw book -Stories I only tell my friends' and WHAT A DIFFERENCE and I've fallen in love with audiobooks story telling

Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond ?

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Did On the Edge inspire you to do anything?

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Any additional comments?

While Richard is enormously Entertainng on TV I was slightly disappointed in how his voice translates in audible. His wife has 'cute voice' but not for audio

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  • ascetic
  • 18-04-2009

Good, would have been better unabridged

Interesting story from an interesting guy, but it felt like they chopped a lot of detail for the abridged version. Would have been a much better listen as unabridged. :(

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  • Deon Joubert
  • 15-12-2019

Lovely

So sincere and informative. It just shows we have amazing amazing people among us, Hamster is obviously one of them.

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  • Mike
  • 18-10-2017

Inspirational story of love and dedication!

I consider myself addicted to TopGear and even the Grand Tour. For years I've watched the re-runs and enjoy all three presenters. While I was aware of Hammond's crash, I really glossed over it as a small hiccup in the show. This book was a eye opener. Hammond's "crash" was a life changing event for both him, his marriage and the way he looks at the world. Well written, well narrated (especially by his wife Mindy) and inspirational. If you, (like me) liked Richard before, wait till you're done this book. It was wonderful.

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  • Anthony parker
  • 10-08-2021

The backstory to hammond's injury

An excellent book on the recovery from head trauma and how it effects your family.

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  • D. Segrest
  • 29-10-2020

Heart warming!

What a terrific telling of Richard's ordeal after the car crash. Hearing the lovely Mindy tell of a wife's ordeal to pull her love back from the injuries was retching but warming in a family of love. I recomend this book for fans of TopGear and strangers alike. They are honest and encouraging to couples around the world.

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  • Lucas Samples
  • 23-09-2020

Inspiring

I didn't expect to cry during the reading of a story written from a guy at top gear, but I nearly did. The emotions in this book are so very well conveyed that the reader has no choice but to give in to the story.

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  • Ryan Barr
  • 19-07-2020

Thanks

I had read this book a few years back, but after suffering a dissected artery stroke to my cerebellum two weeks ago, I found myself lying in a rehab center wanting to reread it. Major issue, I was still seeing double every now and then and knew it would be difficult to read. Audible to the rescue, and how amazing to hear it in Richard and Mindy’s voices. Thanks so much, gave me a nice boost to hopefully finish my time here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-2020

So Touching

I love R.H. it was so nice to hear his story from his and his wife's voices.

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  • Greg
  • 04-12-2007

A lesson for us all?

The ups & downs the smiles & tears as experienced by so many of us out there in the real world, beautifully narrated by both Richard & Mindy allowing one to share in the emotional rollercoaster hearing the story unfold from both sides of the fence, I am not one normally interested in hearing about the hurt & pain suffered in others life?s but this title had me intrigued from the start, I had to listen right through to the end even though I thought I knew how it ended, the anguish,the desperation of ones life clearly came through, Mindy obviously upset but having the strength for both made me realise how wonderful it was to have the support of loved ones around, sometimes I feel we all take that for granted, I shared in both their pain and thier fear?s as if living it myself eventually pulling through, empathic in Mindy cause, they I think were fortunate that tragedy brought them closer, may be this is a lesson for us all? I bless them both and wish them every success for the future, and I would like to say simply thank you to them for sharing a segment of their lives with me.

The music between chapters was a great choice and added that something special.

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  • JarJar
  • 13-03-2008

Excellent

On the edge starts with a brief summary of Richards work history but then goes into detail regarding the accident.
The audio includes his wife talking with feeling about the accident and recovery...very moving.
This is a great audio book to listen too....well worth the purchase...enjoy

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  • Simon
  • 23-11-2007

Well worth a listen.

Having been a fan of Richard's since he first appeared on Top Gear I was expecting this book to be both fascinating and funny. What I wasn't expecting was to sit in the waiting room at the railway station with tears in my eyes listening to his wife Mindy read her thoughts and feelings about his accident!

A very moving, frank and amusing autobiography. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Reuben
  • 19-02-2015

On the edge

I thought it was really good to hear the story from Richard Hammond him self. It gave it a personal feel. I think it is a good read and amazing story and shows how good the hospitals can be in the uk.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-12-2009

Touching and Thought-Provoking

This audio book version of On the Edge concentrates mainly on Richard Hammond's rocket-car accident and the impact it had on his life and family in the few months that followed. The opening chapters, read by Richard, are entertaining and provide a good background to his career, although certain elements have obviously been omitted for this abridged version. Richard also reads the closing chapters, but the main focus of the title, his time in hospital and recovery, is read by his wife Mindy (Amanda).

She pours her heart and soul into the book, and its clear that she still finds certain passages deeply upsetting. I was hugely impressed by her love, dedication and commitment to Richard and her family, and the touching way they re-found each other after his accident. It's hard, if not impossible to be anything other than captivated by the story, and I'd recommend it to anyone, not just fans of Top Gear.

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  • Pia O'Brien
  • 20-02-2009

On the edge Richard Hammond

I found this book very moving. By listening to the people concerned on the MP3 player has more effect than just reading the book. I highly recomend this audio book.

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  • Nigel Stacey
  • 14-10-2021

Lots missing compared to Kindle edition

Very disappointed in this ! I have recently read the Kindle version and fancied revisiting it on audiobook while at work. There are quite a few sections that, although covered in detail in the book - have been completely left out here for some reason. I wish I hadn’t wasted my monthly credit on purchasing this !!

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  • Ron
  • 16-09-2021

Mindy reading

How understandably emotional Mindy read on the news of the accident. Well I filled up. Great listen. Glad you’re still with us Hamster.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-2021

really very good

emotional and honest, made a deep impression. they gave me things to think about

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  • Lisa
  • 16-08-2021

On the Edge

Me listening to this at 4.30am this book is such a powerful and emotional story. 🤧😭.

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