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Sonny Bill Williams

By: Sonny Bill Williams,Alan Duff
Narrated by: Tyrone Ngatai
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Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) is a once-in-a-hundred-year athlete with immense sporting talent in rugby league, rugby union and boxing. Sonny Bill has built an incredible career and sporting reputation across the globe. His athleticism has taken him from inner-city Auckland, where he grew up, to the highest sporting moments in Twickenham, Eden Park and Sydney's Olympic Stadium. But there is so much more to Sonny Bill Williams' life and journey than his on-field and in-the-ring triumphs.

Sonny Bill's love of family, his faith, his skill and performance throughout his unparalleled sporting career, his ability to unite a team under pressure, his grace in owning his mistakes, the challenges of leaving home as a young man and dealing with a negative culture and the temptations that followed, and his courage in speaking out for the vulnerable and calling out injustice are all aspects of an inspiring life story.

Sonny Bill Williams was the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks. Driven by a fierce moral compass, Sonny Bill Williams thoughtfully and authentically uses his standing and platform as both a UNICEF ambassador and an elite sportsperson to speak out on political issues that confront the world today and to benefit those struggling in life. He is a dedicated family man, devoted to his faith, committed to his teammates, respectful of his fans and aware that the path he has taken can inspire and empower others. Working with Alan Duff, award-winning author of Once Were Warriors, this will be the must-have autobiography of the year.

©2021 Sonny Bill Williams (P)2021 Hachette Australia

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Firstly, as a person with a visual impairment. I would like to firstly thank Sonny Bill, Allan – and the publishes for allowing this book to be made into an audiobook. Making sure that new release books annual books and titles are turned into audiobooks. Allows me and others who have similar impairments engage with the world around us. So thank you.

I am a huge fan of Sonny Bill, so some of my comments may be seen through rose tinted glasses. I was unaware that this book was in the pipeline. And when I saw on Facebook I was releasing. I was super excited. So first of all, I was eager to see if it would appear in audible. And to my delight it was.

I could go on and on about this book and the things that I found super interesting. From his time at the Bulldogs, the transition to rugby and then into his time with the all Blacks.

I have worked in the mental health and addictions field for the past so many years. And the parts that I am super interested in. Is around Sunnyboys motivation, determination but most importantly his self-awareness and vulnerability.

There is something for everyone in this. For those who like to know about the big moments and sporting history. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. To those of us who want to know there are no workings of such a phenomena on. But lastly I think the thing that I am really hopeful for. As the messages that sunny with the help of Allan portrays to our young people.

Alongside Mark Hunt‘s biography. I think that this book and a book, should be the non-fiction reader especially for boys schools here in New Zealand.

Like a previous review, I do also think that it would have been nice for Sonny Bill to be the narrator and I would take it a step further. For the inserts of other people to be the voices of those particular people as well. I think that there would be room for this to be re-recorded in the future with some updates and sunny and his family and friends included in the voice recording.

Lastly I want to thank There at Narita for such a sterling job. I only have one little bit of feedback. And it is around some of the pronunciation of Maori words. I’m not sure where this was recorded. But maybe if the audio director was of Maori and all Pacific descent. Some of those things may have been picked up and re-recorded.

Thank you Sonny for being you and I look forward to hearing your voice carry the messages of our people to promote change and shine a light in those dark places.

Finally apologies for the spelling mistakes and typos. I use voice recognition software to write my reviews. And it doesn’t necessarily pick up my Maori accent and nuances. In addition this is a shared Amazon audible account with my wife Chloe. So my name is Kahurangi Fergusson-Tibble.

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Great Listen

Great Book Great Man Inspiring stuff especially for the Youth, A Modern Day Polynesian Panther

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underwhelming and too repetitive

struggled to get through this one.

massive SBW fan from the dogs but this was a rough listen

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Good for insomnia

I would of enjoyed the audio better if the reader didn’t sound like it was his first day of learning how to read and mate you have an indigenous last name but can’t pronounce indigenous names wth ? The lack of enthusiasm really killed the book for me . Felt like I was listening to a manual for how to fix a fridge or something bloody boring . No energy at all . Im definitely sure SBW didn’t listen to you readying this before he gave the nod . Sooo disappointing,Audible please refund me my credit .

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well worth a listen

a lot of uncomfortable truths and raw honesty. its great to hear the behind tye scenes. Some repetition in parts but very enjoyable.

if all the people that call him "money bill" listened tobthis they would have to eat their words.

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Inspiring

Thank you Sonny, listening to this book was amazing, I’m a young Maori mama of 2 young boys, I will definitely carry your story in my heart along my journey in life ❤️

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Very boring, very simple

Massive fan of rugby and the all blacks but this is extremely flat
Needs to pay abit of tribute to other players

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Unexpected

I got the book because I had spare credit wasn’t a big Sonny Bill fan Noar paid the tractor. I absolutely love the story and how he is as a great human makes me think about my life choices. Great book I will listen to it again many times.

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Legend!

I admit. I was never a SBW fan. I was an All Balck fan and loved both Rugby codes. I also love boxing and have criticised SBW for some of the contests he had. I wrongly thought he was an arrogant, geneticilly blessed, priviliged pin up boy. Reading this book I am now more than a fan. Also being a half cast I relate to him and how he grew up. His faith (although I do not share it) is inspiring. His values. His ambition. His character. I could not have been more wrong about a man in my life. SBW is a man we all should try to be like.

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What a great man very inspired by your work. Outstanding and a real kind heart. Arohanui ma bro. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next.

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