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  • Ask a Footballer

  • By: James Milner
  • Narrated by: John Bradley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (354 ratings)

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Summary

Ever wondered what it's really like to be a Premier League footballer?

My name is James Milner and I'm not a Ribena-holic. Let me share insights into what it's like being a professional footballer, across my different experiences with Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and now Liverpool (not forgetting a six-match loan spell at Swindon). 

Plus my highs - and a few too many lows - playing for England.   

There isn't a current player who's been playing Premier League football as long as I have, and that gives me a pretty rare perspective into how the top-flight game has changed over the past 17 years.  

In this book, I explain how a footballer's working week unfolds - what we eat and how we prepare for matches technically, tactically, mentally and physically - and talk you through the ups and downs of a matchday. 

I reveal my penalty-taking techniques, halftime team talks and the differences between playing against Lionel Messi, Wilfried Zaha and Jimmy Bullard.   

I've played for managers ranging from Terry Venables, Peter Reid and Sir Bobby Robson to Martin O'Neill, Fabio Capello and Jurgen Klopp. I tell you what it's like sharing a training ground and a dressing room with team mates such as Lee Bowyer, Mario Balotelli and Mo Salah. 

I also reveal the behind-the-scenes work that went into Liverpool's Champions League success - and the celebrations that followed.  

So this isn't an autobiography. The whole point of Ask a Footballer is that you, the fans, asked me questions and I have used my own experiences to answer them. I hope you like it, and don't find it too boring.

©2019 James Milner (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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"Ask a Footballer is a fine read, showcasing how an unassuming man has forged success, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the Champions League." (Matthew Syed, The Times)

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Awful narrator.

I really tried. I really really tried. The narrator is dreadful. Please record an audible studios version.

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As boring as the man himself

In all fairness I have only listened to 40 minutes, but that’s enough. The reader John Bradley is poor, I would do a much better job! He stumbles slightly here and there and he sounds as bored reading it as I am listening. I downloaded this book as it had a few good reviews, shouldn’t have bothered. Listen to Peter Crouch’s book, that’s great.

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a great booked poorly read

john Bradley's stilted, disjointed delivery spoils a great book. The construction is great, the anecdotes compelling and the humour obvious. unfortunately it is very poorly read clearly in one take while the actor had other things taking priority .

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Boring (sorry James)

Love James Milner but wow... this book is closer to his twitter parody account (Boring James Milner) than the real Milner himself.. pointless.

The narrator is shocking and super annoying too

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Good book; Terrible narration

Great story however the narrator sounded like a struggling radio newscaster and ruined the experience.

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Enjoyable Enough

Well worth a listen. JM seems such a nice fella, proper humble. Questions from people around the world answerer the Milly way.

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Excellent Listen

An in-depth insight into a day to day life of a footballer which ties nicely into Milners long career.

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Great insight

loved it. Great to know how the mind of one of the most underrated premier league legend works

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Good but could’ve been great

Although I enjoyed the book and it’s fresh attempt to differ from the many many football biographies available, it could have been better.
There are many instances where James could have been a bit more daring in his storytelling without the book becoming about sensationalism., which it isn’t.
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the the person narrating should at least voice characteristics of the person that the book is about. There’s nothing wrong in John Bradley’s performance it’s just that a Yorkshire actor with a similar accent would have been far more suitable as with Steven Gerrard’s autobiography that is voiced in a Scouse accent and allows for better self visualisation for the person listening.

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Greatest Footballer To Live!

always interesting hearing from a role model, this should become mandatory in schools! That way our kids can become more well rounded with good work ethics!