This feels rushed out in time for Christmas. The five stories aren't very long especially considering one of them is just random snippets from his diary. I wished the publisher had waited unitl he had a whole book. That said, listening to Sedaris live adds a lot to the stories.
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.
It was an odd choice to have a woman narrator when 90 percent of the people in the story are male, but other than that it was engrossing true life story telling. If you are a sports fan, you've heard all sorts of stories of under the table money for sports stars headed for, or in, college; but you probably had no idea there is a whole other layer of this happening with kids as young as 10! Since the author worked on this for eight years it is part expose' and part biography. You are appalled at what is happening to these kids and you and want to see how they will turn out. Great descriptive writing helps you "see" some of the athleticism.
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