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  • My Autobiography
  • By: Jamie Carragher
  • Narrated by: Kent Riley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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By: Jamie Carragher
Narrated by: Kent Riley
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For the Anfield faithful, Jamie Carragher represents everything that is great about Liverpool Football Club, prompting the Kop to sing 'we all dream of a team of Carraghers'. The club's vice-captain, longest-serving player and one of a select band of players to have made more than 500 appearances for the Reds, Carra never gives less than 100 per cent for the cause. He is the embodiment of old-fashioned football values - a rarity in the modern game - honest and uncompromising.

In Carra: My Autobiography, the Liverpool defender takes us deep into the heart of Anfield, into the club's past glories and its uncertain future. In his typically down-to-earth style, Carra reveals what made him discard his blue Evertonian roots to become a fully fledged Red, how he mended his wild ways to become a true professional and a multiple trophy-winner, and the truth about a succession of managers - Evans, Houllier, Benítez - in the hottest seat in football. A Scouser through and through, Carra also has some forthright views on the England team, and tells why he rejected calls to return to the international fold.

Full of sensational stories and controversial opinions, of glory and heartbreak on and off the pitch, Carra: My Autobiography is a football book unlike any other. The authentic voice of Anfield, Carra is one of the Bootroom Boys in true Liverpool tradition, and is as committed in the book as in every game he has played.

©2008 Jamie Carragher (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A must read for both England and Liverpool FC fans

I enjoyed Carra's autobiography and rather than focusing on just the on field aspects of football Carra gives a very detailed look at modern day footballers through his thoughts and experiences. Having listened to this audiobook I can fully understand why some players favour club football over international. Carragher was an old school defensive player strong and tough tackling, not a skilful or pretty player like many modern centre back's but he was easily on par with other top defenders of his generation. You don't win numerous Cups by being average! I actually think he carried Liverpool at times much like Gerrard. The issue for Carra like Gerrard is the quality around him couldn't be matched as the spending power of United, Arsenal, Chelsea and then City exceeded Liverpool.

Especially enjoyed the bits about England and his incites give you clues as the why the golden generation failed. Jamie Carragher was called a bottler and received a lot of criticism for deciding to stop playing for England but his book does a great way of explaining why and you can sympathise with a player who loves, lives an dreams football. Had England been managed better and players like Carragher trusted maybe we'd have achieved more in the Sven, McClaren and Capello eras. I fully understand why Carra quit England and it's because he was overlooked by 3 or 4 England managers despite being a European Cup winner with plenty of experience and its mad when you think he was in form. I actually think he was treated quite poorly when the likes of King, Woodgate and others were picked ahead of him. Even rivals like John Terry have a respect for one of Liverpools best servants.

Carragher didn't have the polish of say Rio Ferdinand nor did he score goals but the reasons he only played 38 times for England is mad... a lot of those appearances coming of the bench.

Overall this was a very intriguing read and I loved learning about how relationships with friends off the pitch contributed to him changing elegance from Everton to Liverpool... Jamie Carragher played over 500 games for Liverpool and is a true red and obsessed with football.

I've given this 4 stars as I'd like to have seen some updates detailing Carragher's career ending and transition to Sky with Gary Neville. The book itself stops around 2010/2011.

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Did not meet my expectations

I've read many sporting autobiographies and most are from footballers. Not all of them require the reader to be a follower of that player's club. I felt this one did. I want to give the author some latitude, the book was published in 2008, some 5 years before his career ended. I'd like to think that the pundit we now see on TV nearly 15yrs on has matured, become more humble and is as forthright in putting across his generalisations as a form of indoctrination to convince the reader he's the only authority the reader needs. I didn't enjoy this book. Shame, as I wanted to and quite like the man in his forties rather than the younger version who was still a player with a ready-made audience of followers of just one club.

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Great book for all liverpool fans, to relive some great moments, in the club's history

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So refreshing in an era of the bland

The story of a one club man, who had a boyhood dream of the blues. But he has the zeal of a convert in telling us of experience as a red man. Laced with honest insights throughout.

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  • 27-11-22

Good read

Big Carra fan so loved this book ! Very interesting to hear his side of story