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French Revolutions | [Tim Moore]

French Revolutions

It's not easy cycling the Tour de France. Battling it out with old men on butchers' bikes and pursued by cattle, Tim Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance and systematic overeating. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's history, are interwoven through a look at France's preparations for the most famous cycling event in the world.
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It's not easy cycling the Tour de France. Battling it out with old men on butchers' bikes and pursued by cattle, Tim Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance and systematic overeating.

Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's history, are interwoven through a look at France's preparations for the most famous cycling event in the world.

©2001 Tim Moore; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Tom
    Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
    10/30/10
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    "Nearly, but not quite"

    I very nearly enjoyed this very much. I'd read the book a few years back, and fancied some entertainment on my walk to work each day. Unfortunately, the rather obsequious way that all French words, names and placenames were pronounced began to grate quite quickly. At points it began to sound as if gaps had been left and these words had been filled in my someone else, trying to ham up an Inspector Clouseau accent.

    If this was an attept to show 'englishness', it failed early on, IMO. The story is fun, and the writing and descriptions are great, but I much preferred it as a book, and not as audio.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Staines, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    3/28/10
    Overall
    "Very entertaining and well read"

    I first purchased this as a paperback, and I enjoyed it so much I decided to buy the audiobook as well. I am training for my own French cycling adventure, and Tim Moore's book is an ideal companion whilst on the exercise bike at the gym. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    2/8/10
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    "Worth taking a risk on this one"

    A very different travelogue from the usual sort, but you'll get an interesting view of France from it. The author is a very fallible individual, and doesn't spare criticism of himself along with that of many others. Well read and never boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Chesham, United Kingdom
    1/16/13
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    "Terrible narration"

    The book itself is great (actually read it in book form before buying this) but the narration on this audiobook is awful. In fairness to the narrator he does some good comical foreign accents but the emphasis in the sentences is all over the place - almost like he had done no preparation and was reading the book for the first time. He will emphasis random words in the middle of sentences rather than the important bits and it is extremely annoying - we tried to listen to it on a family holiday drive to the south of France but had to give up on it as it was painful to listen to. Compared to books read by well known actors/narrators (say Richard E Grant) it just sounded amateurish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    5/28/12
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    "Entertaining but flawed."

    A gently amusing description of a cycling beginner's assault on the Tour de France route. To me, the most impressive aspect was that he managed to get around so much of the route having done so little training. Two things did grate though, one was the overdone use of comic simile - the author tries too hard to construct his comparisons, which become wearisome in a manner reminiscent of the latter episodes of Black Adder. The other is his propensity for inaccuracies, the author admits that his degree was not in a scientific discipline, and it shows. A more technical term for the process of passing urine is micturition not micturation, and please... slugs are molluscs NOT arthropods, an error he manages to introduce and then repeats.
    For me, the best bits were the vignettes of race history and rider biography he inserts into the story. I would have enjoyed a few more of them, but then if that was all I wanted, I am sure there are many factual tour histories to choose from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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