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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for Best New Writer of the Year - The British Sports Book Awards 2012

This book is both a lesson in true grit and determination, but its goal is one that is attainable. Andy isn't a sporting superstar, he holds down a nine-to-five job and all the pressures that go with it; he isn’t blessed with speed and talent; there are no multi-million pound sponsorship deals; yet this remarkable "common man" is inspiring in a way that some of today’s sporting superstars have forgotten how to be. You wouldn’t recognize Andy in the street, yet his story provides valuable lessons to us all: "Never give up" and "Anything is possible".

©2011 Andy Holgate (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Vladimir
  • 04-05-2014

From a triathlete

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I am an amateur and avid triathlete myself so I thought this book might be tailor made for myself. However, the author of the book was not a down-to-earth man. The book is full of unnecessary exaggerating and boring descriptions, and excuses when the author - an avid triathlete - failed.
The book contained only very few advices for an amateur triathlete.
Narration was no good either.
If you are a beginning or just amateur triathlete I'd suggest to listen or read Iron War or I'm here to Win by Chris McCormack.

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  • Morgan Nixon
  • 03-07-2018

This book gave me anxiety

I see where it is trying to go, but the over exaggeration of the stories and the narration itself really gave me anxiety. It was too much. I stopped at a certain point because the narration was making my heart beat fast. It always seemed like something was terribly wrong, like the situation was more than anyone can handle...even when you’re reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2017

truly an incredible journey

this was a fabulous inspiration. just what I needed to get back OFF the couch.

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  • C. S. Morse
  • 02-09-2017

Great tale of reaching for goals.

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I am a fan of triathlon, and Ironman (long course) triathlon in particular, and I love reading how others find themselves pursuing the sport. This author and competitor regales us with tales of the sport, how he came to participate, and how and why he continues. He does so with engaging humor and humility. I know he has one other book about his continuation in the sport; hoping that one comes out in audio (it's not available on Audible at this point - Sept 2017) but I'll read it in print if I have to! Great stories!

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  • JoakimHD
  • 24-06-2017

Inspirational

This audiobook is truly inspirational for anyone getting started with triathlon. Very honest and motivating.

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  • Foxfire
  • 08-03-2017

Fun book, very inspiring!!

Andy was a very unlikely Iron Man. England an inhospitable place to train! His tales are harrowing!!

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  • Doc Message
  • 03-01-2017

great, fun, motivational !

this is a really great book. I ran my first full Marathon this year and the world's toughest Mudder. I listen to this book to give me continued motivation and encouragement. it certainly did that!

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  • John
  • 22-02-2014

Brilliant story

If you could sum up Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run in three words, what would they be?

This book is filled with "Yes, I Can" spirit. This is great motivation for anyone who thinks that its to late to be an athlete.

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  • Leigh
  • 27-07-2013

Listen to the Sample before you buy PLEASE !!!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If Andy Holgate read it himself, or to be honest any other Brit.
Gregory St. John’s performance is absolutely appalling. In my opinion the Author should sue.

What did you like best about this story?

The Story it's self is a light hearted look at what the author went through to fulfill his goals, so as stories go its alright.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

to be honest.........NO

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

good honest down to earth story, I would consider the sequel as long as the narrator is changed

Any additional comments?

Americans attempting British accents tend to do it badly BEWARE

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  • Peter
  • 19-06-2013

READ the book! the narration will offend your ears

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

The time was painfully spent, much as I wanted to know the story I couldn't cope with the truly awful narration. If Gregory St. John had stuck to his own accent the experience would have been immeasurably improved. Not since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins has the English language been so cruelly mistreated. If it were possible to give minus 'stars' for the narration I would have done so.

How could the performance have been better?

Silence!

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  • Matthew
  • 08-08-2013

Awful Narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone that can zone out of the narration and listen to the story.
Someone who doesn't know the correct way to pronounce half the geography of England

What other book might you compare Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to, and why?

Iron War, Life without Limits.

What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

Nothing its appalling and in need of an English lesson.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story its self was good and enjoyable

Any additional comments?

We need more English narrators

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  • MR
  • 29-07-2013

STOP... listen before you buy

What would have made Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run better?

A better narrator. I wish I had read reviews, it is unlistenable.

What could Andy Holgate have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Chosen a better narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

This looked like it was going to be a really good book, but I couldn't get through 30 seconds with this narrator despite multiple tries.

I would like a refund for this, you literally can't listen to it.

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  • Harry The Spider
  • 11-09-2016

A great story poorly told

Where does Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Honestly? Last.

What other book might you compare Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to, and why?

From Fat Man to Green Man, because of the story. An out of shape ordinary man achieves a phenomenal feat.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gregory St. John?

The narrator for Fat Man to Green Man. Gregory St. John is unlistenable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I couldn't listen to it for more than 5 minutes.

Any additional comments?

Everyone was right. Listen to a sample before you buy! The story's great, I've read it. This narration may be ok for others, for me it was stilted, and just, well, awful.

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  • Gary Smith
  • 29-05-2018

Read the book instead

The story is a good one but the narration is awful and spoilt the story. Ended up going and buying the book instead.

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  • Tess
  • 07-01-2018

Great content - terrible narrator!

I really enjoyed the journey of the author in his quest to compete and break is own pbs in iron man but the narration was appalling. It was so bad at times i nearly gave up on it. If i could have given the ‘performance’ a negative star scoring i would have.

In this instance i would recommend reading the book.

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  • Caractacus Potts
  • 20-01-2017

Great book. Awful narrator.

This narrator is truly awful. Terrible pronunciation of many words. Spoils your enjoyment of what is otherwise a great book.

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  • G C.
  • 20-09-2016

interesting story, but narration annoying

Would you consider the audio edition of Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to be better than the print version?

No. The story was interesting and inspirational in it's own little way, but I do wonder in the narration was actually a computer..

Did Gregory St. John do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

not relevent, he just mis-pronounced too many words

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  • Simon
  • 17-05-2016

Great book, bizarre narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to be better than the print version?

No, but the narration is so bad that it's compelling. The anticipation of waiting for the next confusing pronunciation of everyday words certainly punctuates the audio with unintentional humour which goes some way to make up for the monotone delivery

What other book might you compare Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to, and why?

Running with Kenyans but with more humour.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Chosen another career, or least learned to pronounce words in a way that would fit in with a identifiable geographic area.

Any additional comments?

The story is great written with humour and passion, the narration is just odd.