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The Doper Next Door Audiobook

The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs

What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work? But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had Tilin not looked in the mirror and succumbed to curiosity....
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What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work?

But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had Tilin not looked in the mirror and succumbed to curiosity. Soon wielding syringes, this fortysomething husband and father of two children becomes the doper next door.

During his yearlong odyssey, Tilin is transformed. He becomes stronger, hornier, and aggressive. He wades into a subculture of doping physicians, real-estate agents, and aging women who believe that Tilin’s type of legal hormone-replacement therapy is the key to staying young, and he often agrees.

He also lives with the price paid for renewed vitality, worrying about his health, marriage, and cheating ways as an amateur bike racer. And all along the way, he tells us what doping is really like: empowering and scary.

©2011 Andrew Tilin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    James 09-19-13
    James 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Experiment"
    What did you like best about The Doper Next Door? What did you like least?

    A frank and personal look at what it's like to go on performance enhancing drugs from a middle-aged, amateur cyclist, who's a husband and father. He starts taking high dosages of exogenous testosterone and DHEA and talks about all the pro-'s and con's of this decision.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I thought it was fine as is.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    Eric did a very good job narrating - smooth reader.


    Was The Doper Next Door worth the listening time?

    Yes - what I found fascinating was the 'hidden' side effects of the drugs that the author experienced. He was always worried that he might get caught, he felt like a fraud to his cycling coach, there were the mood swings, and also risking his family with secondary contamination. The author did a very good job about taking the reader through his decisions, even going back to key events from his childhood, and recent adulthood, which seemed to have shaped his decision to 'juice' and take the risks.


    Any additional comments?

    This book probes at the heart of the anti-aging industry. Supplemental hormones are the new panacea for men and women, it seems. This book should shed some good light on the overall effect of these drugs - moth physically, emotionally and psychologically.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 05-05-16
    Dan 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    I think the author is pursicuting himself way to much. It was a bicycle race.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick Perrin Corpus Christi, Texas, USA 12-09-15
    Derrick Perrin Corpus Christi, Texas, USA 12-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What a wimp. He needs a hug or more testosterone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, If you are in to cycling go read another book. If you expect this book to get juicy and really dive into doping then you will disappointed. Mr Tilin doesn't dope, he just takes normal prescriptions for his low testosterone levels. With the way this guy explains his life it seems like he has always been low on T. He behavior while on T just seem to be normal male behavior and don't really warrant a book with a great tittle.


    What could Andrew Tilin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Go beyond bringing his testosterone to normal numbers. I expected him to cross the line and live it up for the sake of a book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Been a better cheater and told a story of what it was like for all the real cyclist get themselves into.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A man without a pair lives a year of his life like the average man.


    Any additional comments?

    Derrick Perrin of Corpus Christi is the writer our of this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo 10-24-15
    Ricardo 10-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Needs more focus on before/after results"

    The novel part was interesting but distracting from the core message: What was the impact of doping beyond a boner and feeling stronger. He cites one race and a handful of training runs but not before / after metrics. Was the impact marginal? Significant? Neither? He does delve into this details

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lonny 10-23-15
    lonny 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "For a cyclist this is a great story"

    As a cyclist myself I've often wondered if these drugs would help me and what the risks would be, I now feel as though I have a good idea. It's an honest look into the mind of a middle aged competitive cyclist looking to get back to that glory of youth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Love to Read 09-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, interesting"
    Would you listen to The Doper Next Door again? Why?

    Not sure it is a read twice type of book for me. Interesting info delivered in an entertaining way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into biking it is a added bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    9/14/15
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    "good read"

    interesting read good detail and content if at bit rambling at times. often disappears on an aside of pointless detail

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
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    7/2/15
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    "not all what I expected"

    so much more than the story of a self confessed doper. I was disappointed at first but then found I thoroughly enjoyed this story in its entirety. well worth a listen. the narration is in my opinion, excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    4/14/16
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    "interesting but neurotic"

    Great idea for a book but not enough time was spent examining the performance enhancing effect of the drugs on sport, there was way too much psychoanalysis of his childhood & middle aged life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/29/16
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    "Deception in all areas......."

    The real scandal of this book if the fact that us masquerades as a sport book. In reality, the main body of the work deals with the authors dysfunctional mid-life existence and the padding is at the very least extreme. I was utterly bored by the authors 'bedroom life', where we are treated time and again to a Mills and Boon account of his attempts enact a physical relationship with his wife. It seemed as though the advertised topic of the book was just a prop to tell a meandering life story. The fact is that this book is about a man who dabbles with a female HRT programme modified for a male patient, including the use of the totally legal hormone 'testosterone'. Then he does some cycling on the side - where the hormone is not allowed. The zenith of achievement in this sport changing scandal is coming 7th in a local race with an FTP of 250W. The only real feat of endurance is actually getting to the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    3/22/15
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    "interesting insightful and compelling"

    I got through this quickly ... clearly I enjoyed it, not least because I am a cyclist at a similar life stage as the author. I would have like him to experiment more and take it a stage further but understand why he didn't . I would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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