Murray Walker by Murray Walker audiobook

Murray Walker: Unless I’m Very Much Mistaken

By Murray Walker
Read by Murray Walker

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Murray Walker is a national treasure. When the man who made famous the catch phrase “Unless I’m very much mistaken … I am very much mistaken!” announced that he was retiring as ITV’s Grand Prix commentator, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars. His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box—and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race. In this audiobook he tells about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father’s achievements on the track after active service in World War II, he made a successful career for himself in advertising, which catapulted him to the top of his profession. An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was too good to turn down, and it wasn’t long before the infamous “Murrayisms” enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last fifty years, in particular the safety issues that came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna, which he witnessed firsthand. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers past and present—such as Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher—make for fascinating listening.

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Murray Walker is a national treasure. When the man who made famous the catch phrase “Unless I’m very much mistaken … I am very much mistaken!” announced that he was retiring as ITV’s Grand Prix commentator, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars.

His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box—and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race.

In this audiobook he tells about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father’s achievements on the track after active service in World War II, he made a successful career for himself in advertising, which catapulted him to the top of his profession.

An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was too good to turn down, and it wasn’t long before the infamous “Murrayisms” enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics.

He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last fifty years, in particular the safety issues that came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna, which he witnessed firsthand. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers past and present—such as Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher—make for fascinating listening.

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Author Bio: Murray Walker OBE

Author Bio: Murray Walker OBE

Murray Walker was born into the world of motor racing. His father Graham was a motorcycle TT champion and Walker Jr. saw his first race when he was two. After active service in World War II, he forged a successful career as an advertising executive, handling the accounts of blue-chip firms such as Mars, Esso, and the Co-op. His debut as a sports commentator came in 1949, when he covered the British GP at Silverstone for BBC Radio. He has since spent more than fifty years commentating on motor racing and in particular F1, initially for the BBC before moving over to ITV in 1997. He is the author of more than a dozen books on motor racing.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 3.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English