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Logan, UT, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 89 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "If you are undecided on Armstrong..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George Dohrmann
    • Narrated By Emily Rose Speer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?

    Randy says: "Amazing book, fantastic narration."
    "Great reporting/biography"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!

    Melody says: "I Wish There Was More"
    "Good but short"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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