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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Thompson Narrator: Glen McCready Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of 11 men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe - except that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, cunning Bajan drug dealers, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, and whole armies of pitch-invading penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for.

Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel | 2/18/2014

    " Loved it, if you love cricket you'll love this. Or even if you don't. It's very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misnomer | 2/18/2014

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read. And its not just the cricket matches that are funny, the airline troubles the main character has and the idiosyncrasies every country had are hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deighton Ridge | 1/31/2014

    " Loved this book. Funny and also informing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Treweeks | 1/29/2014

    " any one who ever tried to get 11 people together to play any game will relate to this book, but its so much more than a cricket book, I think I even shed a tear at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Taylor | 1/16/2014

    " You dont need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this, although it does use some cricketing terminology. Anyone who's traveled oversees will find laughs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Wells | 1/15/2014

    " Hilarious and witty read. If you enjoy cricket you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/14/2014

    " Laugh out loud funny. Harry Thompson's very funny account of his love of cricket and his beloved Captain Scott's XI, the village team that took on the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiern Moran | 1/13/2014

    " Very moving, just a shame you cant change the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Whiteland | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent (although I doubt British Airways would echo that sentiment). This is the sort of book that Bill Bryson might well have written, if he played cricket. Even as a determined non-sportsman I found plenty to enjoy in this. The story is made all the more poignant by the tragic ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance Fuggle | 1/9/2014

    " Brilliant book, more about friendship than cricket. Heartbreaking end yet very life affirming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/19/2013

    " This is the guy who invented Have I Go News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. He also invented the idea of taking a village cricket team on a cricketing world tour to tig and play cricket on every continent. As you would. Utterly hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 11/12/2013

    " Quite simply the best cricket book I've ever read, a great tale with a tragic ending but those of you who read this and play cricket will be able to identify with the players in the book and instantly be able to recognise their equivalent at your club. This book is brilliant, plain and simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andreas Bucher | 10/29/2013

    " Ok for a flight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/26/2013

    " Very touching book - I had tears in my eyes at the end of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ Ebbrell | 10/11/2013

    " An easy read about blokes and their love for cricket, yet there is a surprise at the end. Definitely worth seeking out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/18/2013

    " Really enjoyed this. Although sometimes the travel bits did get a bit dull, the hilarious cricket matches and writing made it so worthwhile. Very touching semi -biography too, I cried at the end before I even realised he was only a 45 year old non smoker! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John White | 1/1/2013

    " Being a club cricketer this book was very appealing. It is written with real heart and passion towards the game. It is effortlessly funny and it would lend it self to anyone not just cricketers. A brilliant story beautifully told, with an emotional ending. A sports book that transcends the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Corke | 3/16/2012

    " There are some books that drone on and on void of emotion that could have been written whilst on the other end of the phone. There are others that enhance your day, inspire you to better things, make you laugh out loud and bring a tear to your eye. This is the latter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Udall | 10/26/2011

    " This is one of the most joyful books to read. The passion for the game of cricket is evident and the fun Harry had writing it is also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ab Shome | 6/5/2011

    " Hilarious book that will keep you gripped. As a Cricket fan its difficult to work out whether you need to understand cricket to enjoy this. I suspect not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Whiting | 5/6/2011

    " i finished this book at work. i would recomend avoiding this mistake because if the ending doesnt bring a tear to your eye then you are probably dead. so funny i nearly got sectioned for laughing out loud in public!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/18/2011

    " Good for an old-fashioned English chuckle but only if you like a) Cricket, b) Top Gear style travel stories and c) tv shows like Have I Got News For You. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith | 1/20/2011

    " This is such a funny book. I urge people to read it even if you know nothing about cricket. It's about life, friends, travel and doing the complete impossible "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 11/27/2010

    " Haven't felt inclined to review any books here so far, but this book is so good that it merits putting index finger to tablet. A hilarious account of people who love something that they are not (or think they're not) very good at, namely cricket. Very funny, inspirational and very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Grinstead | 11/8/2010

    " A good read but, i have to say, not as well written or as ultimately enjoyable as Zimmer Men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosca | 9/9/2010

    " A brilliant story and a lot of fun reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiern | 7/10/2010

    " Very moving, just a shame you cant change the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/6/2009

    " Really enjoyed this. Although sometimes the travel bits did get a bit dull, the hilarious cricket matches and writing made it so worthwhile. Very touching semi -biography too, I cried at the end before I even realised he was only a 45 year old non smoker!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/25/2009

    " Laugh out loud funny. Harry Thompson's very funny account of his love of cricket and his beloved Captain Scott's XI, the village team that took on the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm | 7/16/2009

    " The best (and only) cricket book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarke | 7/18/2008

    " amusing book about traveling with a group and the eccentricities of the characters and the headaches with individuals and how the effect the group "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beachcomber | 7/14/2008

    " A lot funnier than you'd expect, even for non cricket fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/11/2008

    " This book is so good - it made me cry. If you like cricket, comedy and always fall for the underdog, it's a must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 9/14/2007

    " You dont need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this, although it does use some cricketing terminology. Anyone who's traveled oversees will find laughs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 8/31/2007

    " i finished this book at work. i would recomend avoiding this mistake because if the ending doesnt bring a tear to your eye then you are probably dead. so funny i nearly got sectioned for laughing out loud in public!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bluediamond | 5/16/2007

    " Quite possibly the funniest semi-autobiographical book I have read - not many books can make me laugh out loud on a crowded train.

    Even if you don't know much about cricket, it's still well worth a look! "

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