After listening to two books a month in 2012 this book is by far the most memorable of the year. Enjoyed the details of how the doping schemes really occurred and the narration is remarkable. "Oh Tyler, you're too fat" as read by the Sean Runnette has become a regular catch phase around the house.
Tyler Hamilton's decision to tell the truth and share his story on 60 minutes provides a great backdrop to the announcements we are seeing today. I recommend this book highly!
Yes, to anyone in sport particularly cyclists
Tyler paints Lance Armstrong as a bully with a pathological need to win races.
Hamilton, Coyle and Runnette draw the listner into the narrow world of professional cycling where lives are devoted to the sport, sacrifice is the norm and the margin between the podium and back-of-the pack is 5%. The question is "what would you do" if you were them and you defined your self-worth by race results?
Ever since reading "It's not about the Bike", I was a Lance defender and would listen to anything bad that was said about him. Only recently have I been able to set that aside and listen to other sides of the story. And I'm glad I did. This is a fantastic history of a witness to one of the great stories of cycling. Tyler did such a great job capturing the feelings and changes of cycling during the last two decades. Tyler's story of himself and what he went through was story enough to keep me captivated. But the details of his relationship to Lance Armstrong was fascinating and revealing. I could not get enough of this book and it will now be one of my favorite biographies that I've listened to.
The narrator was fantastic. He had such great timing and delivery. The narrator added such a great dimension to the story because he let it unfold and didn't force anything. He read it like an old friend telling a story around a campfire.
This book was engaging and very enlightening about the world of professional cycling. Hamilton took a gutsy no-holds-barred approach to telling the stories in the book, which I really appreciated.It was sometimes hard to hear what he had to say about Lance Armstrong because I really admired Lance for his accomplishments. I watched all 7 of his tour-winning campaigns and he gave me a great sense of pride.Looking back it's hard to believe everybody was so naive about Lance, but I guess we all wanted to believe in miracles. And it's completely true that all of the other tour contenders were taking performance-enhancing drugs, so Lance was not alone in that respect.In fact, I don't fault Lance for taking the drugs because it still took a huge amount of hard work sacrifice and guts to win 7 tours in a row. He is am amazing athlete with extreme determination and will power, and he put in the countless hours of very hard work day after day to win. I still admire him for that...I probably always will.But I now despise Lance Armstrong as a PERSON because he viciously attacked people who told the truth about him, drug them through the mud, cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and ruined careers. To make matters worse, he was extremely smug and condescending while he did it.Lance proved time and time again that he only cared about himself and felt he was above the law...and he still does to an extent. He is now learning what it feels like to be on the other end of everything, and things are just going to get worse. His confession was too little too late, and I'm actually enjoying seeing him lose virtually everything he had built up over the years. I guess the old adage is true...what goes around comes around.I realize that is a bit vicious to say. Heck, I'm a actually a bit surprised I feel that way because my past admiration for Lance was so strong that I almost idolized the guy. However, after you listen to this book (and read numerous other accounts that are now coming out about what Lance is really like), then I hazard to say that you might feel the same way about Lance as a person. Anybody who treats people as poorly and viciously as he did has to have a very, very dark soul.Anyway, the book is an excellent listen and I highly recommend it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is because it is a bit slow and long-winded at times. However, overall I was engrossed by the book and I enjoyed it immensely...even though it burst my bubble about Lance.
Tyler was very open and honest about coming clean with everything, and he even threw himself under the bus in the process. He doesn't tiptoe around the subject, which is very refreshing.
My favorite part of the book was when Tyler was on the same team as Lance as was taken into Lance's inner circle of doping. It was very enlightening and interesting.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
It's jam-packed with juicy information. As a casual observer of professional cycling I feel like I have a whole new understanding of the sport.
Lance Armstrong: "That is NOT normal!"
He read it so good, I thought he was the author. Fantastic narrator.
Days later and I still think about it all the time. I have a few more sayings I can use now too.
Wow, what a confession. The story just doesn't let up at all until about the very last 10 minutes. Highly recommended.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while hiking.
Tyler seems to be very honest and humble -- I enjoyed listening to his perspective.
Athletes Doping Reveled
Hamilton was the young man caught up in the dream of European pro cycling gone terribly wrong. He had the guts and courage to take on the whole establishment by going public and being shunned by his peers and industry. Great story and even better moral.
He was just OK and somewhat flat.
It was just amazing to hear the truth about cycling doping and all the details on how they did it. Being a long time cyclist my self and knowing that they were doping but then to get all the details was just amazing.
highly recommend this book to anyone...
Better as it accents the story
At the Aspen restaraunt
doping up just before the stage
Yes with Lance and Dr. Ferrari both doing a great job at lying
I have known of doping in the Tdf and cycling for years. I hope that through this book the sport will finally come clean. I am not holding my breath though as Lance could but will not go to the USADA and the International body to tell them what really happened. His 7 yellow jerseys on display at his house are too important to give up.
An absolutely absorbing, and completely believable story of PED use in cycling. Hamilton describes how riders are sucked into the 'win at all costs culture' slowly but irrevocably.