• A Life Too Short

  • The Tragedy of Robert Enke
  • By: Ronald Reng
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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A Life Too Short

By: Ronald Reng
Narrated by: John Telfer
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Publisher's Summary

Why does an international footballer with the World at his feet decide to take his own life? On November 10, 2009, the German national goalkeeper Robert Enke stepped in front of a passing train. He was 32 years old. Viewed from the outside, Enke had it all. Here was a professional goalkeeper who had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona. Enke was destined to be his country's first choice for years to come. But beneath the bright veneer of success lay a darker story.

In A Life Too Short, award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his lost friend's life. Reng brings into sharp relief the specific demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport. Heartfelt but never sentimental, he tells the universal tragedy of a talented man's struggles against his own demons.

©2011 Piper Verlag GmbH, Munich. English Translation © Shaun Whiteside 2011 (P)2011 Random House AudioGo

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Depression is real, this story brings it home.

Many people loved Robert but were unable to help. This book I think will help others see how they can help better in the future. Depression is tough to deal with and it affects the whole family.
Thank you for this book. I enjoyed learning about Robert and his family, the pressures of Football athletes and mostly depression. I have struggled for years and currently seeking treatment. It has been good for me to find the words and ask for help.

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  • Martin
  • 02-03-13

Depression explained

I went into listening to this audiobook wanting to learn about robert enke and came out of it having learnt more about depression and how it can effect an international goalkeeper and how it can change the personality of a person. A must listen. Educating and informative.

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  • Graeme
  • 07-10-13

OMG - the worst and best book I have ever heard?

What made the experience of listening to A Life Too Short the most enjoyable?

Here was a person who seemed to the outside world as having all the trappings of professional footballer but yet he spent times unable to function and, more surprising he hid it so well.
The book itself is beautifully touching, in terms of writing and the narrator does a brilliant job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to it continuiously, but I had to switch it and re compose myself, I was moved to tears on several occasions, having been involved in football and having lived through depression with a close friend, the way the subjects are approached is refreshingly honest and forthright. If you have any knowledge of Robert Enke you will be aware of the shock his death caused at the time, this book brought those feeling back, I felt the loss of his family and friends.

Any additional comments?

Just one word of warning, if you suffer from or if you are thinking of giving this to a someone who is travelling the road of depression, please don't. I felt emotionally drained after listening and I have never felt like that before from a book.

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  • heather
  • 11-15-12

Tragic but beautiful

What a beautifully written book that portrays the struggle robert, his family and friends all endured. An easy read that engages the mind and asks questions throughout about your own perception of mental health. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Mrs E.
  • 08-13-21

Enlightening

Incredibly sad but incredibly well written and brings understanding to depression and how debilitating it is.

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  • philip
  • 09-29-19

Fantastic book

Absolutely loved this book, an amazing insight into the mind of someone with depression and how it effects those close to them. I didn't really like the narration though it. I think it needed to be a bit more gritty.

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  • Mr. T. H. Sinnott
  • 05-03-18

gut wrenchingly sad but important story

extremely sad, but told with beautiful empathy for everyone involved. a listening experience that will stay with me forever, a lesson about depression that everyone should hear

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  • Anthony Taylor
  • 04-07-17

a great insight

a great insight to a condition people dont recognise and to the struggles that come from playing the great game at the top level

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  • Felix
  • 04-04-17

Incredible; sad

Hugely powerful, incredibly sad, brilliantly written. This book is a great account of the life and tragic death of Robert Encke

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  • Steven
  • 01-12-16

A tragic story beautifully told

The story of Robert Enke's life, with some real highs and incredible lows, is a story that deserves to be heard. I was gripped from chapter one and just had to keep listening whenever I had the time. John Telfer does a great job narrating.

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  • Craig
  • 12-15-15

A great injustice, an outstanding book.

Such a tragic story, so beautifully told. Enke was a great man and his story should be heard by all. Reng tells the story perfectly, his book deserves all the credit it has received.