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  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,203

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

Excellent Book To Reignite The Fire Within

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The author writes (and reads) in a no-nonsense way that is clear, decisive and accessible. This book was shorter than most audio books of the genre, largely because it omitted most of the endless salesmanship and bravado that is often in similar books; instead staying on message and delivering concise usable information. This is a great book that will be worthy of another listen for me.

  • Draft Animals

  • Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While)
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Phil Gaimon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking "no" for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world. Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling's highest level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m a fan!

  • By Terry on 12-04-17

A Look Inside Cycling

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This is a good audiobook, with a solid narration by the author. If you are a cyclist and desire a look inside the pro world, this is it. Phil is funny and self-deprecating at times, but also pulls no punches with his opinions about many in the cycling world (i.e. Lance Armstrong, Jonathon Vaughters, George Hincappie and more). Very well written book and an excellent production.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,578
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,524

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Epic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I loved this audiobook. The author did a wonderful job of pacing the story, while still offering enough backdrop to add depth to the characters themselves. My son does crew in college and this story gave me a new appreciation for the sport, but that appreciation was not necessary to enjoy this book. It's not a sports book as much as a story about people coming together for a common goal, and the love and bond that they shared while they overcame seemingly insurmountable odds. It was beautiful and offered flawlessly by the narrator. If you are a fan of audiobooks this one is a must.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Then Exasperating

  • By Gillian on 03-10-17

Exceptional

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

On the surface this book sounded like it could be boring and I was hesitant to buy it. But the author delivered in a big way, with a compelling and intense narrative that neither offers apology for the "hermit", nor vilify him. Instead, he perfectly captures the complexities of the man's personality, never perfectly explaining why he chose the life that he did, because such an explanation is probably not known by the man himself. Such intellectual honesty and truth telling is rare in this genre. This is an outstanding book with an excellent audio performance.

  • Shut Up, Legs!

  • My Wild Ride on and off the Bike
  • By: Jens Voigt, James Startt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Beloved German cyclist Jens Voigt isn't a superstar in the traditional sense of the word. Although he won three stages of the Tour de France - and wore the yellow jersey twice - Voigt never claimed an overall victory. He became a star because he embodies qualities that go beyond winning and losing: sacrifice, selflessness, reliability, and devotion. European and American crowds were drawn to his aggressive riding style, outgoing nature, and refreshing realness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jens is a stud!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-18

Meh

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This book is an account of the life of a great cyclist. It might be interesting to some, but it mostly lacked any drama or intrigue for me. Listening to the whole book felt too laborious for me, so I bailed on this ride before the end. The title was the best part. It went downhill from there......

  • The Obree Way

  • A Training Manual for Cyclists
  • By: Graeme Obree
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

With a bike, a turbo trainer, and the right advice, you can beat anyone. No one but Graeme Obree has the clarity of vision to get to the heart of the "problem" of how to improve as a racing cyclist. His innovative approach took him to the top of world cycling, twice breaking the world hour record - a story picked up in his Hollywood biopic The Flying Scotsman. It can draw the same outstanding athletic performance from you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Above My "Pay Grade"

  • By ChargingDC on 08-17-17

Above My "Pay Grade"

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This is a comprehensive cycling book for high level cyclists, one of which I am not. Its very well thought out and would be of great value for someone wishing to race at a high level and devote a tremendous amount of time and energy to cycling. But for me, a "recovering" runner new to cycling, this book offered few tips..

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  • Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

  • From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 182

Plump, grumpy, slumped on the couch, and going nowhere fast at age 16, Phil Gaimon began riding a bicycle with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds before going off to college. He soon fell into racing and discovered he was a natural, riding his way into a pro contract after just one season despite utter ignorance of a century of cycling etiquette. Now, in his book Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Phil brings the full powers of his wit to tell his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Cycling Book!

  • By cyclephreak on 03-08-17

I Wanted To Like This

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

The title of this book caught my eye. I love cycling, but am not usually a fan of the books for "serious" cyclists (as I don't consider my love of cycling to be "serious"). So this book seemed like a perfect fit for me. Unfortunately it wasn't. It was dull and boring. I read another book by this author after listening to this one and came to the conclusion that his snarky style just doesn't work for me.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Greeny on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

It Looked Good

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This book sounded so interesting that I couldn't resist buying it. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver. The story, as spell-binding as it sounds on the surface, lacked any real intensity. It seemed like the author took a decent storyline and somehow ruined it; turning it from a "page turner" to one that was hard to finish. I can't help but wonder if this book would have been better in a format other than audio, because the author's read was just awful. Yet another cautionary tale for author's who want to read their own works. Leave it to a professional, people.....

  • It's All About the Bike

  • The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
  • By: Robert Penn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific book about bikes & history

  • By D. Littman on 02-19-12

A Book For The Bike-Obsessed

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

How much you will enjoy this book will likely depend on the depth of your knowledge and love for bikes. Personally, my love for cycling far outpaces my knowledge about bikes, and therefore much of this book was either over my head or not interesting to me. Having said that, its a very well researched and written book, and contains some interesting history of bikes. If you are as bike obsessed as the author you will probably enjoy it. Clearly I'm not.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder

  • By: Dave Barter
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 years. The collection exhibits the madness that engulfs those who descend into cycling obsession, celebrating the average cyclist living in a world defined by the pros. The writings range from fanciful musings concerning the Tao of singlespeeding to lengthy descriptions of end-to-end rides in Britain and Ireland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adventures of a Serial Amateur

  • By Sparkly on 08-15-13

A fun listen for any cyclist

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Although I love cycling (perhaps to the point of obsession) I do NOT love most cycling books. In fact, most are just boring and written from an elitist perspective. This one is different. The author offers a fresh perspective, complete with his infectious humor and self deprecating way. It was a very refreshing read and a must for anyone who loves cycling as much as I do.