Cycle of Lies was a true eye opener to not only what Lance Armstrong did but to the history of cycling. Prepare yourself for a jaw opener because it was truly unbelievable what Armstrong and his fellow cyclists put their bodies through in order to win. Blood doping, the use of testosterone and cortisone, as well as EPO were all employed to achieve cycling domination. What was equally astonishing was his arrogance. He vehemently denied doping throughout his career until he was forced into a corner and even then he was anything but remorseful. "If everyone was doing it, then it was not cheating." Never mind the physical consequences that he and others riders put themselves through by taking these toxic drugs - winning was all that mattered.
Besides relating about his cycling career and personal life, there are quite a few mentions of the charity, LiveStrong, that he founded and how it was affected by his "victories" and then ultimate downfall. It is a shame that such a positive cause was diminished by the selfish actions of one person. What's even more discouraging is the fact that he tries to justify his doping and actions by arguing that he helped millions of cancer patients with his charity.
Macur did a great job at writing from a neutral standpoint. She could have been more subjective in her painting of him but the readers can come to a clear understanding and judgment of Lance Armstrong just by listening to the quotes that she offers from him. First hand witness accounts are also provided and they also shed light on the person that Armstrong is. He is a brutal monster that equates himself to some god. It was liberating to finally read that he was held accountable for his actions.
The Kardashians are those people that you just want to go away...but yet in still you can't get enough of them! They are everywhere. In stores, on tv, and now...in print and audio. I wondered if reading Kris Jenner's biography/memoir (whatever you can call it) I would get the impression that she would be humble and down-to-earth about her riches and lifestyle - but she wasn't. They have always lived a life of complete wealth and excess and they aren't ashamed about it. Yet, the best part for me was hearing her talk about the OJ trial. Other than that, it was just chapter after chapter of excess - that I couldn't stop listening to.
Giuliana Rancic's biography was a breath of fresh air. It was more than I expected - she was more human than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that she curses worse than a sailor, that she defied authority as a child and teenager, and that she struggled in her personal romantic relationships. In other words - I could relate to her. Up until now, she did not seem personable but stuffy and well-to-do. I fell in love with this Giuliana and I was inspired by her life story.
Without a doubt, her narration was flawless and actually preferred. If someone else had narrated her life story, I might have questioned it because it did not match my idea of her as a whole. Rancic's biography clearly demonstrates that you can't judge a book by its cover!