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Narrated by Stephen Hogan and introduced by Roy Keane.

In an 18-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005. He played at an international level for nearly all of his career, representing the Republic of Ireland over 14 years, mainly as team captain, until an incident with national coach Mick McCarthy resulted in Keane's walk-out from the 2002 World Cup.

Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and become a notably contrarian pundit for ITV. He is assistant (to Martin O'Neill) manager of the Ireland team. The TV analyst reflects the manager, the player, and the man himself, the unique Roy Keane - Keano.

As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. His status as one of football's greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinvent himself as a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed?

This book is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success. In following his personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, The Second Half blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's original voice, in a stunning collaboration brilliantly captured with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle.

©2014 Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Really Entertaining Read

Would have been even better if Roy had narrated the whole book not just first chapter. Roy shared with us his complex character with some great stories many had me laughing out loud but one thing really came across was Roy’s strive for excellence in his life.

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Not the same without Roy’s Voice.

The guy doing Roy Keane’s voice sounds awful...especially after the real Roy Keane has spoken the introduction. This guy doesn’t sound like he’s ever kicked a football in his life. I can’t listen any further. I can’t finish chapter 3...he’s just too irritating and weedy sounding.

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Surprisingly funny!

Great story and well wrote but would have preferred if Keane read the entire book, it would have made it more enjoyable. Was still a great listen especially if you have an interest in sport and have any previous knowledge of Keane's history as a player and/or manager.

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Worth a listen - But narrator is a bit annoying

Good story to tell and he doesn't hold back.
The narrator forces his Cork accent way too much, that was hard to get used to.

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keaaannoo !

top bloke, they sure don't make them like this anymore. keannoo !! keanoo !! keanoo !!

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A great insight into a great man.

The last of fooballs hard men speaks nothing but the truth. Love listening to his highs and lows and outlook on failures which he didnt hav3 many.

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Great book

Took me a while to adjust the narrator, when I did the book was an engrossing insight into a player I’ve admired for years.

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A Funny and insightful look into Keanes time at United and managerial career . Highly recommended

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egotistical

I found it very boorish. Kean is far too full pf his own self importance.

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  • Mas
  • 19-12-2020

Decent book, badly let down by narration

It's not a bad read at all. If you know who Roy Keane, you know already what to expect. The book is not a literary marvel, but it is honest, decently engaging and interesting to be worth a read. I enjoyed it, and it was interesting for me. BUT, the narration by Stephen Hogan is just awful. I firmly believe he needs to change his style drastically, or avoid narrating books altogether. This totally ruined an otherwise interesting read.

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  • Phil J.
  • 26-09-2020

Poor Narration.

Some rest insights into Roy’s career after United.
The narrator is poor though. It’s like they dragged in a fella from a local am-dram and told him to speak in a rural cork accent.
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  • Ali S
  • 10-08-2020

Funny and inspiring

I enjoyed this. I hope Keane does more books going forward. I am an Arsenal fan.

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  • Matthew
  • 20-06-2019

Brilliant and honest football book

Roy Keane is a somewhat misunderstood guy imo. This was an excellent 'tell all' book, one I think he wanted to get out there in response to the Fergie book. Excellent story on his playing career and a deep review of his management and post-playing career.

The performance was fantastic, nice that a paddy did the audio to get more immersion!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2019

Heartbreaking

This is a good book, keano is obviously a person who attracted the press by the very nature of his personality. Someone who demands a lot from himself, far more than the average person. At the end of the book, we build a picture of a man who will perhaps never arrive at personel inward peace. He is a legend, a guy who I truly believe to be one of the greatest engine room players the game has ever seen, in the mould of Beckenbauer, Pele, Cruyff, those kinds of personalities. .... A good read,

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  • Vintila Bogdan
  • 15-03-2018

Magnificent reflections on a great career

This book is one of the deepest and most sincere auto-bios I've ever read/listened to and I have come across some truly great ones. The second half is up there with the best. It's a book full of sincere reflections, self-critiques, regrets, lessons and happy memories. You really feel that Roy has opened himself up for this one. It wasn't something he did just because he wanted to put out a book...he had something to say and wanted to get it out into the world.

I usually don't enjoy football books (though I'm a huge football fan) because they are full of recollections of how games went, with not too much substance in them. But Roy's book is something else. Just listen to the intro and you'll realize that this auto-bio is truly magnificent.

Cannot rate it high enough! Great book, great performance of the reader and great feeling listening to it!

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  • Darragh Boyle
  • 19-08-2015

keano!

A great listen, was fantastic to hear the story behind many of the situations the media may have twisted in the past. What a great character, 100% recommend people listen to this.

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  • Barry Rogers
  • 09-03-2015

Overall it was OK.

I was looking forward to reading this book. It starts of and it was fantastic I was looking forward to the next time I could listen. From the middle to the end it was up and down. I wanted to finish it but the story was kinda boring. In the second half there was a lot of talking about matches Roy had as manager at Sunderland that I felt was filler. I didn't care for this and felt it was not needed in such detail.

I finished the book and didn't hate it. I am neutral on it. I hoped for more.

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  • robert roebuck
  • 17-10-2014

Didn't want it to end!

What did you like most about The Second Half?

I like the insight, a few things I didn't know. But most of all the honesty.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked listening to Roy's take on life after Manchester United. His reflections on his time at Sunderland and what he learned at Ipswich. Most of all his contentment and enjoyment as No.2 for Ireland.

What does Roy Keane and Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have to say I would have preferred that Roy read the whole book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed most of the time - it's a great story. I enjoyed his achievement at Sunderland.

Any additional comments?

He's simply a good bloke. Complex character, flawed like everyone. I enjoyed listening to this second part of his career and look forward to reading the next chapter in time to come as he goes onto more success in management when he moves on from his current role with Ireland.

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  • Ronan
  • 13-10-2014

Narrator was hard to listen to

Would you try another book written by Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle or narrated by Roy Keane and Stephen Hogan ?

I wouldn't listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hogan , Roy Keane's intro is great but as soon as Hogan takes over the book loses any edge. he ruined the book in my opinion -I had to switch it off

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Keane and Stephen Hogan ?

Roy should have read the whole book himself or else stayed out of it completely - He set a tone which Stephen Hogan couldn't follow

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

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  • Brian Campbell.
  • 03-10-2016

Excellent listen.

Having been a fan of Roy Keane as a player I wanted to find out what makes him tick. I found out in this book about his life after Manchester United, his spells at Sunderland, Ipswich and Celtic. A real honest tell all book, I really enjoyed it.

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  • Mr AB
  • 02-10-2016

Quality

Funny, honest and very difficult to stop listening. I never really warmed to Roy until I read his books.

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  • peter hughes
  • 02-06-2017

better than average football book.

Would have prefered if keane read it. The boy calls dalymount dollymount at least twice.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 19-01-2017

great listen

whether you loved him or hated him, Roy gives a great outlook on his life continued from his first book. an outstanding story from one of the games top players

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  • Richard
  • 21-09-2016

Excellent for any football/sports fans

Even as a Liverpool fan, loved it. I recommend any football fans to give this your time, I don't believe you will be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-2021

A fantastic read, would highly recommend!

I very much enjoyed this book and by the end of the first hour, I was enthralled.

A moderately deep insight into Roy's days at Utd which is primarily the reason I bought the book.

After reading, I found I was even more intrigued by Roy's step into management, particularly his time at Sunderland and later Ipswich.

There were a couple of lessons to take home with regards to situational awareness and how I'd deal (or not deal) with people when approaching issues such as underperformance or personal/family problems.

A combination of interesting recollections, sharp wit, Irish humour and Roy's blunt, matter of fact perspective made this book thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • lee hayfield
  • 17-06-2017

great book keano

A United great. shame he left under a cloud but hes the sort of person were a quiet exit would not have suited

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  • Liam W.
  • 05-06-2017

top class

fantastic book.
NY first audio book with audible. easy download and went through chapters with ease.

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