I really enjoyed the story and was shocked by the behavior of the cyclists. If you think Armstrong is innocent, you must listen to this book. It is not a bitter tale, it is more a recounting of facts. Hamilton wants to tell the story because the truth lifts a burden from his soul.
I did not like the narrator. His inflection was "off" at times and I found it difficult to listen to him. If the story had not been so captivating, I wouldn't have listened.
I'm a lifetime athlete but only moderately interested in biking but have read everything on Armstrong since the first allegations of doping. I gave Armstrong the benefit of the doubt and even bought into some of the witch hunt conspiracy theories BEFORE this book. There is so much detail on how it was done that 1) I cannot believe Hamilton and others could have made up this story 2) you can see how the European system and bike mania there could allow or even facilitate this happening.
It helps to know a little about bike racing but it is not required to enjoy this book that is part biography and part expose.
One start off for the narrator who at times sounded lethargic. If you are familiar with the sound and cadence of the "Ketchup" commercials on Prairie Home Companion...he sometimes sounded like that.
Brisk read/listen; you'll find yourself in the driveway not wanting to turn it off.
I enjoyed how open Tyler Hamilton was in telling us about the secret world of professional cycling. He didn't space a single detail or a single name in telling us about his years on the tour.
It reminded me of Andre Agassi's "Open," another very honest, no-holds-barred sports autobiography. I thoroughly enjoyed both.
Tyler, of course. You feel for him and understand the struggles that he had to go through.
It's pretty long to listen to all in one sitting, but I was always looking forward to getting back into my car to hear the next chapter.
If you're thinking of buying this book to get the inside scoop on Lance Armstrong, the book will not disappoint.
Tyler's story is very interesting and believable. I am a cyclist and hope that the sport learns from prior events. I want to see good competition, fair competition regardless of speed of the peliton.
Narration wasn't the best for my ears. The way he says words makes it difficult to understand.
I love to read and audible has helped me double what I read in a year. An Irish bookworm.
You feel as if it is Hamilton himself honestly telling you his life experience. Its as if you are listening to a friend pour their heart out to you. After some time, characters such as Lance Armstrong become familiar and you can form your own opinions of them.
It would be a fair achievement to do so but personally I enjoyed regular listens in the car. Each chapter has several stories that stand up in their own rite.
It truly does bring you rright into the heart of the cycling world and what with the recent Armstrong scandal you can become well informed of what actually happened and how often it happened during that era of professional cycling.
The detailed accounts of behind the scenes racing, and how they lined up with well known events.
He sounds like an old man with a denture problem. Was hard to get used to, a bit distracting the entire book.
Yes I listened whenever I could.
The UCI refers to this book in part for stripping Armstrong of his titles. Sounds like Armstrong was a general and a great manager though. You would have to be to win 7 titles. I also feel Hamilton and Armstrong were right to dope as all others on the Tours were doping. It's not cheating as they were all using EOP, blood transfusions etc. It seems like Hamilton can't let Lance Armstrong or doping go as he refers to Lance constantly, but to me they are all guilty including Cantador, and other recent winners the past ten years. I had a problem with the narration although it is good and I do recommend the book, but there were too many pauses. Such as "then I crashed" (pause), or there was a knock at the door (pause). It does create drama, but there were too many and it irritated me after a while.
All in all though, if you like sports, biking, International intrigue then this is a great read.
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
I started this book after hearing the co-author, Daniel Coyle, interviewed on Slate magazine's sports podcast. Coyle was so understated, and seemed almost overwhelmed by the information that he learned for this, his second Lance Armstrong related book. (He likened Armstrong to Tony Soprano!) My curiosity was piqued - and I was not disappointed.
"The Secret Race" is essentially Tyler Hamilton's autobiography as a professional cyclist during the volatile late 1990's and 2000's. From the outset, the curtains are peeled back on the world of elite competitive cycling, to reveal the drama of being part of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France era, and the incredibly disturbing details of the doping techniques that are the center of the recent USADA investigation. I had many "aha" moments about how the doping works, why the athletes do it, methods used to avoid getting caught, and what can go wrong (sometimes spectacularly, tragically wrong).
The book is told through Hamilton's folksy language, but is clearly structured and researched by the impeccable Coyle. It was impossible to put down, and incredibly suspenseful, considering that the outcome is already known. Hamilton takes shape as a movingly flawed individual, who had the bad fortune to be paired up with Lance Armstrong as his ultimate "frenemy" in the workplace.
Finally, the book is so detailed, and so well referenced, that you may enjoy keeping your Youtube and Wikipedia handy, to view the races and personas in the story, as I certainly did.
If you are into sports and how money and competitiveness will change a person(s), then this is a great book that will open your eyes to all professional sports, drugging does not just happen in cycling
I love cycling, so this was a great story for me
I am cycling fan and it opened my eyes to the sacrifice it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport.
While I thought Tyler was a little whiny at times I appreciate his courage for telling his version of the story. It feels like another nail in the coffin of the US Postal era.