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Nato e cresciuto in un remoto villaggio della Giamaica, Usain Bolt ha rivelato il suo talento sulla scena dell'atletica nel 2004, quando ha conquistato il record mondiale juniores dei 200 metri, primo ragazzo a scendere sotto i 20. Da allora la sua ascesa è stata inarrestabile. Ha vinto sei Ori olimpici, detiene il record mondiale dei 100, dei 200 e della staffetta 4x100. Nato e cresciuto in un remoto villaggio della Giamaica, Usain Bolt ha rivelato il suo talento sulla scena dell'atletica nel 2004, quando ha conquistato il record mondiale juniores dei 200 metri, primo ragazzo a scendere sotto i 20. Da allora la sua ascesa è stata inarrestabile. Ha vinto sei Ori olimpici, detiene il record mondiale dei 100, dei 200 e della staffetta 4x100. È l'atleta più veloce di tutti i tempi. In questo libro, la sua prima, vera autobiografia, Bolt si racconta senza reticenze e con la simpatia che tutto il mondo gli riconosce: gli inizi non proprio convinti (gli piaceva di più il cricket), la famiglia speciale in cui è cresciuto, gli allenatori e i compagni di squadra, la particolare atmosfera giamaicana e la fame di megdaglie, i lunghi e dolorosi problemi alla schiena e il terribile incidente stradale del 2009, la popolarità e la responsabilità del successo, gli ammiratori e le ammiratrici, Kingston (e i suoi club) e Pechino e Londra…Come un fulmine trabocca dell'energia, della spavalderia e del carisma del suo autore, l'atleta più conosciuto e amato del nuovo millennio.


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Nato e cresciuto in un remoto villaggio della Giamaica, Usain Bolt ha rivelato il suo talento sulla scena dell'atletica nel 2004, quando ha conquistato il record mondiale juniores dei 200 metri, primo ragazzo a scendere sotto i 20. Da allora la sua ascesa è stata inarrestabile. Ha vinto sei Ori olimpici, detiene il record mondiale dei 100, dei 200 e della staffetta 4x100. Nato e cresciuto in un remoto villaggio della Giamaica, Usain Bolt ha rivelato il suo talento sulla scena dell'atletica nel 2004, quando ha conquistato il record mondiale juniores dei 200 metri, primo ragazzo a scendere sotto i 20. Da allora la sua ascesa è stata inarrestabile. Ha vinto sei Ori olimpici, detiene il record mondiale dei 100, dei 200 e della staffetta 4x100. È l'atleta più veloce di tutti i tempi. In questo libro, la sua prima, vera autobiografia, Bolt si racconta senza reticenze e con la simpatia che tutto il mondo gli riconosce: gli inizi non proprio convinti (gli piaceva di più il cricket), la famiglia speciale in cui è cresciuto, gli allenatori e i compagni di squadra, la particolare atmosfera giamaicana e la fame di megdaglie, i lunghi e dolorosi problemi alla schiena e il terribile incidente stradale del 2009, la popolarità e la responsabilità del successo, gli ammiratori e le ammiratrici, Kingston (e i suoi club) e Pechino e Londra…Come un fulmine trabocca dell'energia, della spavalderia e del carisma del suo autore, l'atleta più conosciuto e amato del nuovo millennio.

30 review for Come un fulmine: La mia storia (TRE60 Non fiction)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aakanksha

    Usain Bolt, I guess everyone heard his name once in their life. He is a living legend for many people and also known as the fastest man on Earth. It’s his autobiography in which he told how he wins races and smashing records one by one. The untold truth of his life and his journey from teenage sensation to international superstar was very well described in this book. Usain’s home was Coxeath, a small village in Jamaica. He was a mommy’s boy and hates to see her upset. His father was a traditional Usain Bolt, I guess everyone heard his name once in their life. He is a living legend for many people and also known as the fastest man on Earth. It’s his autobiography in which he told how he wins races and smashing records one by one. The untold truth of his life and his journey from teenage sensation to international superstar was very well described in this book. Usain’s home was Coxeath, a small village in Jamaica. He was a mommy’s boy and hates to see her upset. His father was a traditional and very strict man. He believed in manners and respect all the time. Due to all his father's teachings, Usain learns how to respect everyone even if they disrespect you. There are so many incidents from his childhood in this book that are well portrayed and his first coach was his family dog, Brownie. Since childhood Usain want to become a cricket player but destiny brought him to track. In school, he never took running seriously until he won few championships and got sports scholarship at William Knibb High School but after that, he started bunk his class and sessions which lead him to low grades and all the teachers and former Olympic sprinter Pablo McNeil tried to explain him the importance of training. Every athlete needs motivation and a good coach in Usain case money becomes his motivation and Coach Mills is the one responsible for making him a legend on the track. The more he wins the more he earns through advertisement. He was only 15 when he won CARIFTA games in Nassau and the crowd suddenly started screaming, ‘Lightning Bolt! Lightning Bolt!’ and he got his nickname from there. After winning World Junior Championship he was flashing on everybody’s radar but there were distractions too. Every athlete has up and down in his career and deals with injuries. He also faces this even there was a moment when people started hating him because he loses. But he works hard and with determination or proper guidance of his coach he won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He set a new world record with a time of 9.69 seconds in 100 meters and show his signature pose. To know one's real aim is very important Usain learn this after his accident in 2009. But life is tricky and records are meant to be broken. There were other sprinters too who give tough competition to him like Tyson, Asafa, and Blake but Usain beat each one of them and make himself clear to the world that no one can beat him. He also won a gold medal in 100 meters race at the 2012 London Olympics game. At some point, he sounds arrogant or self-centered but I guess it's not completely true because he is a global phenomenon and undisputed superstar athlete. But media and other athletes time to time question his ability to win. Usain proved them wrong by winning so many titles. There were so many people behind his success. There was some insight information on a player's life and how they overcome fear and prove themselves to the world. This is one of my favorite autobiographies to date. I know his fans will definitely read this because it's really good to know the life story of a living legend and I would recommend this to everyone. Read more here - https://www.bookscharming.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Indrani Sen

    The man is a legend. Somehow the book is not. The book is well enough. No offence to his fans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muthu Raj

    There is a certain audacity in the way Bolt asserts himself in this biography. I have met some people in my life that are at/near the absolute top of their fields and in a way, they are too humble. When we start to embark on a journey to attain that skill level, we sometimes miss out on the humility. Then there is this rushing towards an excess of it, as our extraordinary lump of tissue sitting atop our neck decides that some failures along the way are due to our lack of humility. While humility There is a certain audacity in the way Bolt asserts himself in this biography. I have met some people in my life that are at/near the absolute top of their fields and in a way, they are too humble. When we start to embark on a journey to attain that skill level, we sometimes miss out on the humility. Then there is this rushing towards an excess of it, as our extraordinary lump of tissue sitting atop our neck decides that some failures along the way are due to our lack of humility. While humility or the lack of it can substantially alter our progress in the learning, all other things being equal, humility as is practiced in the post modern world might be disposable. Or that's what Bolt will convince you of. There is a certainty with which he asserts his dominance. He is unapologetic about the fact that he has special talent. He is not overtly humble. He just sails through life with an air of self assuredness. It is perhaps easy to mistake the pain behind this way. He after all, speaks very little of such pain. This is not a must read, but your idea towards the relation between humility, talent and self assertion will definitely change if you do read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian Stump

    This book was a fantastic read! I enjoyed every part of this book. His struggles were so detailed. I enjoyed this book and I hope he writes more

  5. 4 out of 5

    Harshad Udayakumar

    Faster Than Lightning is a wonderful book and is beautifully written by the world's fastest man.It involves all the elements that a fantastic book needs.This is the first autobiography that i read and i thoroughly enjoyed reading this.Usain Bolt explains each and every phase of his life in detail without missing any highlighting element.People who watch Bolt race may think that he is a kind of party guy who loves entertainment a lot and enjoys and works less.But if go through this you'll be amaz Faster Than Lightning is a wonderful book and is beautifully written by the world's fastest man.It involves all the elements that a fantastic book needs.This is the first autobiography that i read and i thoroughly enjoyed reading this.Usain Bolt explains each and every phase of his life in detail without missing any highlighting element.People who watch Bolt race may think that he is a kind of party guy who loves entertainment a lot and enjoys and works less.But if go through this you'll be amazed.His given his heart out to running and has worked a lot.If you start this book you'll never put it down because each and every page has got something amazing, wonderful and thrilling.You'll be inspired by reading this because he speaks about dreams and how to conquer them and stuff like that.This book is a magnificent read to any book lover and is a total treat to sports lovers.I think this book has changed a lot in me in terms of good ways.And i have to tell you something Bolt also tells us how authorities conduct doping test and how strange the process is and stuff like that.As you almost complete the book, Bolt speaks about his future his plans for the 2016 Rio Olympics and his life and things like that.Truly Bolt is a great man and a high achiever.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS Could i give more than 5 stars because this book is just INCREDIBLE.I borrowed this from the library and now I want to own my own copy.I am not a huge fan of autobiographies and the only other one which I personally loved was Malala's.This book had my attention from the start.Mr.Usain sure knows how to start off with a bang (pun intended)! Each and every page is just oozing with confidence,attitude,humility,humour and dedication.There is not a single moment where I was bored.He ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS Could i give more than 5 stars because this book is just INCREDIBLE.I borrowed this from the library and now I want to own my own copy.I am not a huge fan of autobiographies and the only other one which I personally loved was Malala's.This book had my attention from the start.Mr.Usain sure knows how to start off with a bang (pun intended)! Each and every page is just oozing with confidence,attitude,humility,humour and dedication.There is not a single moment where I was bored.He describes his Journey beautifully and I always felt like I was the one who was on the track the whole time.He teaches you so many valuable life lessons and how talent will take you to the door but hard work will get you to the top.I absolutely adore his attitude.Because I read this book,I've become a huge fan and I can't wait to see him repeat history in the 2016 Olympic.if there is a man on the planet who can do it,It's USAIN BOLT.He has become a huge inspiration for me and I hope to meet him one day! TO DI WORLD USAIN❤️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Willy Akhdes

    Reading a biography or memoir is perceiving the other world. Also, it gives you another perspective to see same environment from different angle. It's an inspirational writings from a legend. He's channeling much energy into my soul when I read his extraordinary effort to achieve his dreams. Reading a biography or memoir is perceiving the other world. Also, it gives you another perspective to see same environment from different angle. It's an inspirational writings from a legend. He's channeling much energy into my soul when I read his extraordinary effort to achieve his dreams.

  8. 5 out of 5

    George

    Decent book from a rather arrogant author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ming Wei

    Enjoyable life story of one of the most popular sports person of my lifetime, really enjoyed this book, taught me many things that I did not know. Worth reading

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shergin Davis

    The lightning bolt, the living legend🎯

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vidit

    This one is a fun read and doesn't have much philosophical depth but seems like quite an honest account of the story of the fastest man on earth! Would recommend as a light read about a natural talent with a killer instinct from a humble background growing on to become a living legend. This one is a fun read and doesn't have much philosophical depth but seems like quite an honest account of the story of the fastest man on earth! Would recommend as a light read about a natural talent with a killer instinct from a humble background growing on to become a living legend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Billy Ram

    The Ricochet went off and the lightning stricken. Usain Bolt came to life. His legs strong as iron and swift as any man can be. "What a Champion, He is a Legend", were the words of the commentator as Bolt celebrated his last 100m gold at the Rio Olympics. With every stride he took that day, he came close to what he is now, a legend. But the best part of his life, the most important to me right now is to know he was not born a legend. Reading about someone who has dominated his game for three stra The Ricochet went off and the lightning stricken. Usain Bolt came to life. His legs strong as iron and swift as any man can be. "What a Champion, He is a Legend", were the words of the commentator as Bolt celebrated his last 100m gold at the Rio Olympics. With every stride he took that day, he came close to what he is now, a legend. But the best part of his life, the most important to me right now is to know he was not born a legend. Reading about someone who has dominated his game for three straight Olympics, winning a total of 9 gold medals at the olympics. Can very much intimidate anyone. But his story is different. His story is a story of a rural boy. Who played, worked, partied, was not always wise, was not all knowing. But, was discerning and ready to change himself. Who after all his injuries and exhausting training schedule, went out there to train and get in the proper shape for the big day. The biography is well written. You can connect with him asif you were present there. There is no false praise, there is no trying to be what he wasn't. It's just a plain account of what happened and how his journey took place and how he reasoned with his carriers choices and that is what makes this autobiography a great read. The autobiography has the amount till 2013. Do watch his documentary "I am Bolt" which accounts till his last Olympic race 2016.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dane Collins

    A great easy to read autobiography that traces the life to date of the fastest man to have walked (or ran) this earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as being a sprinter myself I could relate to many aspects of his personal story. Any lover of the sport will appreciate the commitment and dedication that Usain has expressed over his long reign at the top. He has done wonders for the sport due to his lively personality and off track performances. Before reading the book I had the impression that U A great easy to read autobiography that traces the life to date of the fastest man to have walked (or ran) this earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as being a sprinter myself I could relate to many aspects of his personal story. Any lover of the sport will appreciate the commitment and dedication that Usain has expressed over his long reign at the top. He has done wonders for the sport due to his lively personality and off track performances. Before reading the book I had the impression that Usain would be very arrogant, as this was my poor interpretation of watching him before his races and how he stays calm and collected. The book puts his attitude into perspective, and he doesn't come across at all arrogant. In regards to how the book is written, its very easy to follow and written in a manner that caters for all audiences, either young or old, familiar or non familiar with the sport. The only downside to the book is that it was written before his career has finished. This may have been intentional however I would like to read Usains take on his success or failure at winning gold medals three back to back olympics. Hopefully an updated edition will be released post the 2016 olympics in Brazil. Good luck Usain, ill be rooting for you :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Avishek Bhattacharjee

    This book is all about confidence and self belief.A must read for all who loves to dream..who wants to make it big in their life.One of the best sports autobiographies I have ever read(Obviously after Open-Andre Agassi). This book uses the opportunity to show the author the fastest man on earth not so much as “Lightning Bolt”, the man of confidence and swagger, but at the same time scared that on any given day age, injury or the new breed of athletic talent can take away what he has fought for, This book is all about confidence and self belief.A must read for all who loves to dream..who wants to make it big in their life.One of the best sports autobiographies I have ever read(Obviously after Open-Andre Agassi). This book uses the opportunity to show the author the fastest man on earth not so much as “Lightning Bolt”, the man of confidence and swagger, but at the same time scared that on any given day age, injury or the new breed of athletic talent can take away what he has fought for, and this is the best part of this book-so human of the extraordinaire The tactics,the rivalry and the brotherhood display before us a different world of Track and field.In this time of 20-20 Cricket and Messi-Ronaldo,the world of athletics is still unknown to most of us.The tremendous back the curtain effort,year long practice,pain and agony gives that 10 seconds glory.This book is a perfect example of Jamaican life-style and their eagerness to remain in top of track and field department(specially sprints). As he says: "I live for the big moment.. Give me a big stage and i come alive"

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sportyrod

    He’s got the speed, the showmanship, the sponsors, the charisma, the ladies. Lightning Bolt has it all. Usain Bolt tells his life story. Most of the book was about his running. He has raw talent. He only trains enough to win. He wins. Someone challenges him. He tries harder. He wins again. And so on. I enjoyed reading this particular story because Usain seems to have an interesting personality. I like the way he seems so relaxed during competition and the interaction with his rivals. The story do He’s got the speed, the showmanship, the sponsors, the charisma, the ladies. Lightning Bolt has it all. Usain Bolt tells his life story. Most of the book was about his running. He has raw talent. He only trains enough to win. He wins. Someone challenges him. He tries harder. He wins again. And so on. I enjoyed reading this particular story because Usain seems to have an interesting personality. I like the way he seems so relaxed during competition and the interaction with his rivals. The story does cover bits of his life outside running including his home life and school life however I felt it was a little too brief. Usain is a hero and I wanted to know more. I guess I wanted more depth. I enjoyed reading this book and I raced through it very quickly but I realised when I finished that I didn’t learn a great deal about him other than his racing mindset and his accomplishments. I would recommend this to anyone who likes autobiographies by sports people.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Augustine

    Amazing book! I just loved it. Incredible journey of the Legend Bolt😘

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sally Bynoe

    A much needed read for me to give me a bit of sparkle and get my mojo back. Feeling fired up to focus on getting fit!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abhilash Ruhela

    "Believe me, my time isn't up just yet"- That's how one of the epic autobiographies has just ended. Usain Bolt's autobiography named "Faster than Lightning" is another biography by a sportsman that I loved after Brett Lee's. While Brett Lee's was published by Random House, this one is published by none other than HarperCollins's print- Harper Sports. They have some amazing names in their autobiography section and I am happy that I picked up this book initially to start with. According to my mem "Believe me, my time isn't up just yet"- That's how one of the epic autobiographies has just ended. Usain Bolt's autobiography named "Faster than Lightning" is another biography by a sportsman that I loved after Brett Lee's. While Brett Lee's was published by Random House, this one is published by none other than HarperCollins's print- Harper Sports. They have some amazing names in their autobiography section and I am happy that I picked up this book initially to start with. According to my memory, this is the 3rd book from HarperCollins that I have read and I have liked almost all of them till now. Surely, a publisher I will look forward every time I am ordering books online. More than authors, its time we start looking up at which publisher has published a specific book. Because authors can lose their form in one or two but publisher always maintain their quality. Even the publishing quality of HarperCollins is wonderful; their book can stay intact for years. About the Book:- Whether you know athletics or not and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma uniting supporters around the world. In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012. Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain's millions of fans will love. About the Author:- Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since 1977. Along with his team-mates, he also set the world record in the 4 x 100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win 6 Olympic gold medals in sprinting and a five time World champion. He was the first to achieve a 'double double' by winning 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012) and topped this through the first "double triple" (including 4x100m relays). His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since records began. Coming to the review, I must say that this has been one of the best autobiographies of all time. The best thing is that Usain didn't try to show that he is someone who sees his records as another number or time but he acknowledges each and every success that he has achieved. The way he has described each and every victory of his shows how much he is enjoying the grand success that he has achieved. He even clears in the 2nd half of the book that he doesn't know even the history of athletics down 1980s or even 90s. This honesty has worked out quite well with this novel. He even calls himself "Living Legend" and "Legend" most of the times which pissed me off because we know it buddy and that is why we are purchasing your book to know how you became a phenomenon in this sports and in Olympics but that's what shows the honesty he has shown while scripting his life. The best part has been that Usain Bolt shows he's a normal arrogant guy and no born legend. He also keeps stating that he won his initial matches just on the raw talent and speed he had. It was only after his coach started pissing him off by asking to train regularly that he became physically and technically strong regarding the game. It has been fun reading about his initial successes. I also loved the way Bolt's father disciplined him and made him a down-to-earth man. After he loses one of the races, I loved the way he knocked his coach's door late night and asked him what was happening wrong with him. His narration and story-telling skill of breaking record and running 100 meters in just 9.72 seconds made me jump. His rivaly with 2-3 competitors at different levels is also wonderfully talked off. His high regards for Blake, the fellow Jamaican and later on, hating him for a moment is another beautiful part of this book. His love for his coach is also clearly visible in this book. He even stated that he initially raced for money it was later that he started doing it for himself and others. Well, I should stop here or else I'll end up reviewing each and every sentence of the book because it's totally fun. I would give this book rating of 4.75 out of 5. Thanks. ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diego Calderon

    My name is Diego Calderon and i chose 5 stars for this book called Faster than Lightning because it is a deep story and also very inspirational. I enjoy reading about amazing athletes an Usain Bolt is one of my favorite athletes. Reading about he's career and he's very detailed life and accomplishments was very touching for me. My heroes journey is related 100% to this story, I do track and field and do the same events Usain Bolt does and I dedicate a lot just like him. Usain Bolt is an athlete My name is Diego Calderon and i chose 5 stars for this book called Faster than Lightning because it is a deep story and also very inspirational. I enjoy reading about amazing athletes an Usain Bolt is one of my favorite athletes. Reading about he's career and he's very detailed life and accomplishments was very touching for me. My heroes journey is related 100% to this story, I do track and field and do the same events Usain Bolt does and I dedicate a lot just like him. Usain Bolt is an athlete who works so hard every day and had to give up some things and leave some things behind but that is what lead him to were he is right now. I dedicate myself everyday just like him, I have had to leave some things behind, even change school in order to accomplish my track & field. I recommend this book to people who want to push themselves and succeed in life, specially athletes. For athletes who dedicate every day and push there selves harder every day and sacrifice things in order to be the best, this book is the best one you can read. Reading this book I think for athletes will have a very huge impact on, for athletes that do track & field especially. My favorite quote about this book is “You have to set yourself goals so you can push yourself harder. Desire is the key to success.” I love this quote so much, I liked other quotes in the book but this one was my favorite because I go through that every single day. When I wake up I set my goals for the day, my times for training and the time I need to beet, I put it in my head and in training I put everything I got no matter how tired I am I push myself to my limits. Wanting to to things is what leads you to success, if you are not passionate and dedicated into what you are doing you are never going to reach you maximum. Español Mi nombre es Diego Calderón y yo eleji 5 estrellas para este libro que se llama Más rápido que el relámpago, ya que es una historia profunda y también muy inspiradora. Me gusta leer sobre los atletas increíbles. Usain Bolt es uno de mis atletas favoritos. Al leer sobre su de carrera y su vida que es muy detallada y ver todos los logros fue muy emocionante para mí. Mi viaje de héroe se relaciona con el 100% de esta historia, yo hago atletismo y los mismos eventos que Usain Bolt hace y se lo dedico mucho al igual que él. Usain Bolt es un atleta que trabaja tan duro todos los días y tuvo que renunciar a algunas cosas y dejar algunas cosas atrás, pero eso es lo que lo llevó a como es en este momento. Me dedico todos los días al igual que él, he tenido que dejar algunas cosas atrás, incluso cambiar la escuela con el fin de cumplir lo que quiero en atletismo. Recomiendo este libro a las personas que quieren empujarse a sí mismos y tener éxito en la vida, especialmente los atletas. Para los atletas que se dedican todos los días y se empujan a ellos mismos lo cual es más difícil cada día y las cosas de sacrificio con el fin de ser el mejor no son faciles, este libro es el mejor que usted puede leer. La lectura de este libro creo que para los atletas tendrá un impacto muy grande, especialmente en los atletas que hacen atletismo. Mi cita favorita de este libro es "Hay que fijarse objetivos para que pueda uno empujarse mas dificil". El deseo es la clave del éxito. "Me encanta esta cita tanto, me ha gustado otras citas en el libro, pero este era mi favorito porque voy por la que diariamente. Cuando me despierto me puse mis metas para el día, mis tiempos para la formación y el tiempo que necesito de remolacha, lo pongo en mi cabeza y en la formación que ponen todo lo que tengo, no importa lo cansado que estoy me empuje a mis límites . Querer a las cosas es lo que conduce al éxito, si usted no es apasionado y dedicado en lo que está haciendo usted nunca va a llegar a usted el máximo.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karthik V

    This was actually the second autobiography that I was reading, after the one by Sir Alex Ferguson. And while that was a good book, this one really exceeded my expectations completely. Usain Bolt really does have a flair for writing, not in putting together huge sentences or in making the use of an extensive vocabulary, but in simply managing to put all his feelings into words. His stories seem sincere and from the heart and get quite engrossing. If you have an idea of his achievements in athleti This was actually the second autobiography that I was reading, after the one by Sir Alex Ferguson. And while that was a good book, this one really exceeded my expectations completely. Usain Bolt really does have a flair for writing, not in putting together huge sentences or in making the use of an extensive vocabulary, but in simply managing to put all his feelings into words. His stories seem sincere and from the heart and get quite engrossing. If you have an idea of his achievements in athletic history, then this book provides you an insider's view of what was probably running through his mind at the very time that he was creating world records and winning gold medals at the highest level. Bolt comes across as frank and open, not wanting to beat around the bush or mince any words. He tells things as they are - for instance, when talking about his humble beginnings or about how he used to get disciplined by his father. He also does not fail to mention his flaws such as his habitual clubbing and partying and also his fondness for junk food (chicken nuggets in particular which is what he supposedly ate before the world record breaking performances in Beijing). He shows no hesitation in clearing out a lot of accusations that have been made against him and I'm sure that the reader will appreciate the candid nature of his writing. While I do not want to mention the contents of the book explicitly, it is worthwhile to note the way in which he talks about his relationships to people. He talks about them quite openly, be it his Coach who always gives him a hard time, or his Jamaican partner Blake who he felt disrespected him, or his rivals Gay and Gatlin. The book provides an in depth focus on how he thinks before and after a run and the motivations that keep him going. He gives pointers on what one must focus on and how not to let the small things affect your game. Highly motivating stuff. But even better, is when he describes some of the major races that he's been a part of like the Olympics in Beijing and London - he absolutely drags the entire story out and it feels almost impossible for a person to have so many thoughts during a sub-ten second sprint, but going by his words, it seems entirely possible. They may seem only a few seconds on YouTube, but they go on for an eternity on paper. And boy, are they descriptive! You get sucked into the story, to almost such an extent that you can hear the cheers of the crowd, the thuds of the spikes and the grunts of the athletes themselves. Riveting stuff! The book is a great way to learn about the life and times of one of the greatest track and field athletes the world has ever seen and accurately summarizes his life from his childhood, all the way to the championships in Moscow, 2013. I hope he writes an extension once he's done with athletics, possibly after the Rio 2016 Olympics. I for one, will definitely look forward for that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This book was an amazing book, to anyone who wants to know what Usain Bolt had to endure his whole life I highly recommend reading this book. In the beginning of the book it talks about how in 2008 Usain Bolt almost got into a car crash and the car flipped over 3 times and he got out without a scratch. To Usain Bolt he got the message that god was keeping him alive for a purpose, therefore he started training harder than ever. The beginning of Usain Bolt's running career started when he lived in This book was an amazing book, to anyone who wants to know what Usain Bolt had to endure his whole life I highly recommend reading this book. In the beginning of the book it talks about how in 2008 Usain Bolt almost got into a car crash and the car flipped over 3 times and he got out without a scratch. To Usain Bolt he got the message that god was keeping him alive for a purpose, therefore he started training harder than ever. The beginning of Usain Bolt's running career started when he lived in a rural village in Jamaica where people had to fetch water by hand, Usain Bolt had to fetch 40 buckets of water a day and walk about one mile for each bucket of water which resulted in about walking 40 miles a day. Since Usain Bolt was lazy he decided that he wanted to take a shortcut and instead of carrying one bucket he carried two buckets, one in each hand. The book talks about how hard it was every day when Usain Bolt had to walk and carry water, but when Usain Bolt thought he was getting a shortcut, what he didn't know was that he was developing natural muscles in doing this. When Usain Bolt was in middle school there was a person he could never beat, his name was Ricardo. Because Usain Bolt is so tall it gave him a disadvantage at takeoff during running 100 meters. Usain Bolt could never beat Ricardo, but one day a coach told Usain Bolt he would give him a lunch box, which included chicken, rice, beans, fruit, and many other things that his family couldn't afford. With this motivation, Usain Bolt tried as hard as he could and ended up beating Ricardo and became the school's fastest kid. This success let Usain Bolt discover his talent in running, soon after he started competing in competitions as a hobby, but never took training very seriously. Usain Bolt would usually win but one day at the Junior World Championships Usain Bolt lost to someone. From then on Usain Bolt started taking training super seriously and from then on Usain Bolt started breaking many records for sprinting. Even though Usain Bolt suffered many setbacks the truly amazing thing about Usain Bolt is that he took losing as a learning experience and did not feel discouraged but rather motivated. It is the spirit and the passion for sprinting that got Usain Bolt to the place he is today. This book is inspiring because it explains that it doesn't matter how rich or poor or talented or unlucky as long as you are willing to put in more effort than everyone else you can do anything.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Let me start by saying that I've never thought much to books written by people that are still alive today. I always thought it was pointless, their life isn't over yet so the story isn't over. I'm glad to say this book proved me wrong. The main reason I bought this book is because I've recently started jogging with my mum, I wanted an insider's view on running, all the pro's and con's. I thought, "what would be a better place to start than the world's best?" So Usain Bolt it was. This book is t Let me start by saying that I've never thought much to books written by people that are still alive today. I always thought it was pointless, their life isn't over yet so the story isn't over. I'm glad to say this book proved me wrong. The main reason I bought this book is because I've recently started jogging with my mum, I wanted an insider's view on running, all the pro's and con's. I thought, "what would be a better place to start than the world's best?" So Usain Bolt it was. This book is truly inspirational; from his modest upbringing with a devoted mother and strict father, to when he became the best. His father always told him manners are the most important thing to have and that's stuck with him throughout his life. This is his story, telling us his personal motivations for running. Did you know his first prize incentive was for a packed lunch? His next was quite selflessly to earn enough money to buy his mother a washing machine and his dad a new car. It really did amaze me how simple his first motivations were. I just assumed that he knew he was good from a young age and just went for it, but that's not true - he nearly went into cricket! Could you imagine a world were our famous Bolt was a cricketer instead? This book is full of life lessons and tough learning curves. He tells us where he went wrong, how he still managed to get gold even with a spinal condition. As I said, inspirational! This book has really changed my view on pro athletes, their hardships and injuries. If you're interested in the struggles an Olympic champion has to go through to earn their place, read this book. It's simply a must! If you'd like to read more of my reviews, please visit my blog: http://a-novel-start.blogspot.co.uk/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cole

    This book was about the come up of Usain Bolt, it showed his entire life starting from the beginning of his life in Jamaica to him breaking all the world records that he broke. He talked about all the troubles he went through as an athlete and all the troubles that came with being a superstar. He talked about living when he was young and how everything he did as a kid slowly built him up to the person he is today. That shows that every little thing that you do even when you were a little kid bui This book was about the come up of Usain Bolt, it showed his entire life starting from the beginning of his life in Jamaica to him breaking all the world records that he broke. He talked about all the troubles he went through as an athlete and all the troubles that came with being a superstar. He talked about living when he was young and how everything he did as a kid slowly built him up to the person he is today. That shows that every little thing that you do even when you were a little kid builds you to be the person in the future. I liked listening to Bolt because a lot of the things that he talked about as an athlete were very relatable and I could hear a lot of the stuff he went through and understand it. He was injured and he explained how that affected him mentally and I recently was injured too and couldn't play which kind of helped me because you feel very alone when something like that happens when everyone else is able to compete and your the only one whos sitting out. In the end he said how hes not done doing things by any means and is ready to do a lot more

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ell Eastwood

    Brother gave me this to read, because it's not something I'd normally pick up. I mean, I think Bolt is cool and am as amazed by his athletic feats as anyone, but I can't say I've ever felt any reason to get to know behind the amazing runs better. But I thought it was a solid book. The blurb tries to play up some hardships from Bolt's life, all "oh it hasn't always been easy, I've suffered injuries and I was in a car crash once", which fell flat if you ask me. The car crash sounded horrible, but t Brother gave me this to read, because it's not something I'd normally pick up. I mean, I think Bolt is cool and am as amazed by his athletic feats as anyone, but I can't say I've ever felt any reason to get to know behind the amazing runs better. But I thought it was a solid book. The blurb tries to play up some hardships from Bolt's life, all "oh it hasn't always been easy, I've suffered injuries and I was in a car crash once", which fell flat if you ask me. The car crash sounded horrible, but the only one who got seriously hurt as a friend of his, and we never see her again after the one chapter that sorta deals with the accident. A throw-away line mentions her making a full recovery, then it's focused more on Bolt's foot injuries. I'm sure that was a traumatic experience that affected him a lot, but it doesn't come off like that in the book. And it didn't have to, I thought the book was interesting enough on it's own. I don't know, it's something special to get inside the head of someone who was broken several world records and won six olympic medals. Reading about his approach to work-outs and what is going through his had before he runs WAS enough to keep me reading. In a way I feel maybe it was written too early. I saw on wikipedia that Bolt has announced that he'll retire din 2017, which makes sense since he'll be over 30 then and can't reasonably be expected to keep running the way he has done so far, but why publish the book while he might still be able to perform well, when things could still happen? Though, for someone who hates losing as much as he does, maybe writing a biography that ends with him on top was the only way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nandini Goel

    "Faster than Lightening" by Usain Bolt instills the killer winning spirit in the aspiring athlete and inspires him to give his personal best despite the challenging situations which he faces in his career. Challenges, if dealt in the right spirit can lead you to success. Mr. Bolt suffered from scoliosis but even with such a severe medical condition, he managed to become the fastest man on earth and holds the world record for 100m, 200m and 4x100m Relay. This book speaks about the life of a sport "Faster than Lightening" by Usain Bolt instills the killer winning spirit in the aspiring athlete and inspires him to give his personal best despite the challenging situations which he faces in his career. Challenges, if dealt in the right spirit can lead you to success. Mr. Bolt suffered from scoliosis but even with such a severe medical condition, he managed to become the fastest man on earth and holds the world record for 100m, 200m and 4x100m Relay. This book speaks about the life of a sportsman and how first position is what matters the most for an athlete. This book also illustrates the "slacking off" attitude of athletes which is the worst enemy of an athlete. You need to sweat and get the best out of your time. While practicing, we must compete with our own selves and must try to give our personal best.**smile** Importance of a Guru,A Trainer. The athlete must listen to his trainer and it may take long for him to be perfect but patience and obedience are the key to success. Mr Bolt follows a mantra that if I have defeated you in a big meet, I can defeat you in any meet. Each one of us must follow this mantra to boost our moral up. Or we can create our own mantra which can help us in time of need. A perfect start and a perfect posture are also the demand of the game. No one is perfect and to strive for perfection must be the ultimate goal of each athlete. Indeed an inspiring book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Da

    This is a good read. Easy English, almost like a long interview so it turned out to be a real fast read for me. There is no doubt Bolt is the best in business today and it will be great if he goes on to defend his titles in 2016 Olympics. But my reading has been clouded with the fact that I felt let down after what happened with athletes like Lance. So I am erring on the side of caution and not idolizing Bolt yet. There is nothing that can take away the work ethic and the hundreds of hours an at This is a good read. Easy English, almost like a long interview so it turned out to be a real fast read for me. There is no doubt Bolt is the best in business today and it will be great if he goes on to defend his titles in 2016 Olympics. But my reading has been clouded with the fact that I felt let down after what happened with athletes like Lance. So I am erring on the side of caution and not idolizing Bolt yet. There is nothing that can take away the work ethic and the hundreds of hours an athlete at that level puts in. It's extremely humbling to look at the grind that these guys go through for a race that lasts 10 seconds. I am reminded of Rocky 2 where Rocky's coach tells him that to last 45 minutes he has to train for 45 thousand minutes. For that 10 second burst, an athlete working on every muscle in his body is unbelievable. No critic can take away that. But it is those few bad apples, who also worked hard but resorted to drug help to get the edge, that casts doubt on true athletes. And no fan would know the full truth. So at this point of time, I am totally in awe of what Bolt has achieved, but stopping just short of truly embracing Bolt's legacy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    NoahB

    This book is a very interesting book. There is so much to learn about Usain. He lived in such a bad house but that didn't stop him from loving his family. He has a signature winning celebration that everyone all around the world wants to see him do it when he wins. He has won 1oom gold medal at the past 2 olympics and hoping to make it three in 2016. The Jamaica relay time broke the world record in the 2012 olympics while also winning gold. I am really enjoying reading this book and I would reco This book is a very interesting book. There is so much to learn about Usain. He lived in such a bad house but that didn't stop him from loving his family. He has a signature winning celebration that everyone all around the world wants to see him do it when he wins. He has won 1oom gold medal at the past 2 olympics and hoping to make it three in 2016. The Jamaica relay time broke the world record in the 2012 olympics while also winning gold. I am really enjoying reading this book and I would recommend it to everyone because it is a great book! This book is very interesting. I love reading every bit of this book. It really inspires me and it shows anyone can do anything. It Shows what he has been through and his achievements of coming this far. He is a very committed person. He shows great character and showing that he never gives up. He always puts his all into everything which really makes me want to be like him. He inspires me a lot! He is very inspirational and I hope I can follow in his footsteps and believe in everything and that I should believe I can do anything.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ravinder

    A light read given the first person account. Seems to me that Usain wants people to acknowledge his 'humility'...even if the humbleness comes across as contrived. That he is competitive, and extremely so at that, is quite clear from his performances over the years. His large ego feeds on all the adulation, but if he wants to know what it is to handle that respectfully, he could take some lessons from other top sportsmen. One message that the book delivers very well is about how even a supremely gif A light read given the first person account. Seems to me that Usain wants people to acknowledge his 'humility'...even if the humbleness comes across as contrived. That he is competitive, and extremely so at that, is quite clear from his performances over the years. His large ego feeds on all the adulation, but if he wants to know what it is to handle that respectfully, he could take some lessons from other top sportsmen. One message that the book delivers very well is about how even a supremely gifted athlete like him has had to work hard for many years to not only get to where he has, but to stay there...at the top of his events. Usain has a highly optimistic self view...and while he does introspect, it invariably has a 'I am OK, he is not OK' result. Should he be different? Not really. If his performance on the track is influenced to even a small extent by this positive self view, then more power to him.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marinko Iv

    It's an interesting story about Usain's life and his challenges from his early days till the Olympic Games in London. A humble family, a humble man who has achieved great things - which surely won't be easy to beat. But I am missing more details about crucial events, details about how he prepares for big races, how he trains. For me it seems like it is an overview but not much depth behind it. Except his story itself there is not much to take away for me, except one thing: "'The Moment of No Retu It's an interesting story about Usain's life and his challenges from his early days till the Olympic Games in London. A humble family, a humble man who has achieved great things - which surely won't be easy to beat. But I am missing more details about crucial events, details about how he prepares for big races, how he trains. For me it seems like it is an overview but not much depth behind it. Except his story itself there is not much to take away for me, except one thing: "'The Moment of No Return', a point of pure agony when the body told an athlete to quit, to rest, because the pain was so damn tough. It was a tipping point. He reckoned that if an athlete dropped in The Moment, then all the pain that went before it was pointless, the muscles wouldn't increase their current strength. But if he could work through the pinch and run another two reps, maybe three, then the body would physically improve in that time, and that was when an athlete grew stronger."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt Payne

    Although a few years old now, a really great insight into where Usain came from and how he became the best sprinter in the world. He doesn't shy away from how he developed and his insight into how it felt to be a World and Olympic Champion and world record holder was tremendous. He does have a fair amount of chutzpah and asserts his confidence throughout the course of the book, however its done in a way that you don't for a minute think that he is a complete egomaniac - more so someone that's bec Although a few years old now, a really great insight into where Usain came from and how he became the best sprinter in the world. He doesn't shy away from how he developed and his insight into how it felt to be a World and Olympic Champion and world record holder was tremendous. He does have a fair amount of chutzpah and asserts his confidence throughout the course of the book, however its done in a way that you don't for a minute think that he is a complete egomaniac - more so someone that's become comfortable in their skin. The way that the narrative develops from when he was a kid illustrates that as well. It's simply written and appeals to a broad spectrum from teens looking for an inspiration to older readers looking for an insight into one of the all time sporting greats. I really enjoyed it, grab it here and let me know your thoughts.

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