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Against All Odds: The Most Amazing True Life Story You'll Ever Read Versión Kindle

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It had been years since I had seen any of the children with whom I had grown up. When I left the children's home, I promised myself that I would have nothing to do with them, I was sure that my only chance of living a good life would be to put the past behind me, even though that meant saying goodbye to some of the people I loved the most - as well as the ones I turned out that six of us had died, several by slow suicide in the form of heroin abuse, and at least two by faster means. When two police officers arrived out of the blue at Paul Connolly's door, he learned the shocking news that, out of the eight children with whom he shared a dormitory in care, only two were still alive. The revelation unearthed painful memories of a childhood that, until this point, Paul had tried desperately to put behind him. Abandoned at two weeks old, Paul came of age in the infamous St Leonards's Children's Home in East London. The children there were routinely abused, often over the course of many years. All were underfed and unloved and told that they would amount to nothing. Angry and frustrated, Paul channelled his rage into boxing - but when an accident shattered his ambition to turn professional, he found his true calling and became a successful trainer, even working as a consultant on the pilot of a top model's fitness video. Paul has finally found peace and fulfilment beyond anyhing he could have imagined all those years ago. He has found happiness with his wife and children and now helps to heal broken bodies, build confidence and transform lives - but he will never forget his past and the unnecessary victims of broken society...

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Paul Connolly is a fantastic author.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 572 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 289
  • Editor: John Blake (1 de marzo de 2010)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B00603Y6IS
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Conocia la zona del East End porque estudié allí en el hospital. Es un libro excepcional sobre una vida durisima y siento admiración por el autor solo porque ha podido salir de la vida anterior y de la zona. Interesante que fue posible debido al deporte.
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HASH(0xa57b5888) de un máximo de 5 estrellas An Inspirational Read... 3 de noviembre de 2010
Por Leonora D'Angelo-Blitz - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda
Paul Connolly's story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. That's what makes it so difficult to put down.
It is unfathomable to imagine the kind of people Paul has encountered through his life's journey. From beginning to end, this story will make you feel the pain of a little boy without a family and the struggle of a man fighting (literally) to make a life for captures every emotion. Paul's writing is honest, real and authentic. His physical, mental and emotional challenges in life were many but his story leaves you with the feeling that it's really not about how many times we fall, but how well we rise. A must read...truly inspirational.
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HASH(0xa57b584c) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Bestseller in the UK Kindle store 6 de enero de 2012
Por Imeck - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
I am a Brit and a regular traveller and was telling people here in the US about this great book - which has been topping the UK bestseller Kindle chart (both biography and all books) so thought I had better post a review. This is a great read and as other reviewers have said while it pulls no punches, it is a great story about overcoming adversity and how (and this is where the title comes from I guess) despite some of the worst possible beginnings anyone can overcome the challenges thrown at them, face tough choices and questions and ultimately make a good life for themselves.
There is a lot of press about this book in Europe now and it has been beating titles like Dragon Tattoo in the charts which is understandable, there is something in the story (or rather biography) which means you never know quite where things are heading and as the other reviewers have said, really does bring every possible emotion into play. It's easy to get absorbed in the story and associating with the author and his dilemmas - definitely worth a read and 5 stars.
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HASH(0xa57b81d4) de un máximo de 5 estrellas A must read 28 de diciembre de 2011
Por Susan McCabe - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
This book is a must read...especially if you want to understand how a person CAN overcome even the most horrid upbringing. Against All Odds tells a story of one man's journey...left as a young child in what should have been a safe be abused physically and mentally, and to be able to rise above it all and become the man he is today. I've met Paul and he is the most kind and loving really is amazing given what he went through. The book is an easy read, one I couldn't put down, one that made me cry, made me laugh and above all made me feel joy.
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HASH(0xa57b80a8) de un máximo de 5 estrellas an amazing book by an amazing guy 16 de junio de 2012
Por amazon customer - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
I bought this by chance. I can't believe I bought it for a couple of bucks. I was not expecting this kind of book. This book is unique. Even though I am not a kid anymore, I am learning so much from it. I really commend Paul for having the guts to stand up for himself in the ways he did. I am still at page 100 but I can barely put the book down. I was never sexually abused but I remember when once a school teacher beat the crap out of me. I mean really bad. I was so overwhelmed that I just stood then in stupor. I wish I had thought as fast on my feet as Paul did: he didn't let the teachers touch him.
I don't like violence but this world is not a sweet one. I am not complaining about myself. I was lucky to have parents that loved me, even though we all have our defects. We are all imperfect. But it is really shocking how people who run a place for orphans, can be some of the most heartless people you would think of.

In his book, Paul writes that he's violent. I disagree. He understood what defending oneself meant. He's a fighter, in the positive sense of the word, not a violent. Big difference. Hell, he even managed to stop a rape, AS A KID. How many kids you saw that stopped a rape?

Paul to me feels like an old friend. Even though he grew up with dire people who would constantly tell him how worthless he was, he still managed to have values that he defended with decisiveness. Truly, I am amazed that a kid could understand all this. This book is like watching a movie. Buy it without even thinking. It is impossible not to like this guy. Even though he went all that crap, he never became a petty criminal or a similar type of loser. This guy has VALUES, i would elect him as president.

SIX stars out of five from me. Not five out of five. The whiners who write in their reviews that 'it's not the most amazing story', ' he should change his literary style', etc, should just shut up. I would not change one word. Maybe they can use their preferred 'literary style' when they'll write THEIR own book. As for that story not being the most 'amazing', what it is meant by that? Some people are just silly little moaners. They obviously have never been dumped in the trash and died of grief and drug overdose whilst feeling like unwanted social rejects all their life.

Paul is a real survivor. He now has a family and judging from the photos on the net, he seems an happy guy now. His book also is selling very well. Well done Paul, you deserve it.
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HASH(0xa57b5ad4) de un máximo de 5 estrellas brutal and revealing 1 de abril de 2013
Por dorothy holder - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I have just finished this book and was most impressed by the raw honesty of Paul Connolly, it is a revealing look into his inner struggle as a man, a human being and a parent while leaving you in no doubt as to the brutality of both his childhood and that which he himself bought into the world as an adult. As you read the book you can see the inner shuffling of life priorities over the years and an inspiring drive to discover the very person he was told he could never be. i felt privileged at being able to look into what at times felt like his pain and at other times felt like his soul, it is the oddest sensation to feel you know someones inner workings so well when you have never met them but that is exactly how this book leaves you.