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Roger

Spokane, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (478)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Top Notch!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is not exclusively about Lance Armstrong. Though he is a main character, it is really about Tyler's experience as a professional cyclist and the difficult choices he made. It also, persuasively, dicloses the drug use in the sport. You can dismiss 50% of this book, and it is still incredibly overwhelming. Loved it.

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  • The Climb: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chris Froome
    • Narrated By Patrick Doherty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the revealing, inspirational memoir from the British winner of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France.

    Roger says: "Was a little boring until the 2012 Vuelta."
    "Was a little boring until the 2012 Vuelta."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It was a boring read of a typical cyclist's life growing up...but in a different country. Too much complaining about Wiggins. Seemed worse than Hamilton complaining about Lance.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Solid...last 4 hours are solid.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lots of the race recaps.


    Could you see The Climb being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you thought Tyler Hamilton complained a lot about Lance Armstrong in his book...know that it doesn't hold a candle to the complaining that Froome does about Wiggins in this book. Yawn.

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