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The 1914 Giro d'Italia was the most difficult bike race in history; 81 riders started and only eight finished. NowTim Moore is going to attempt it himself, and he's committed to total authenticity.

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about "Horrid Lance". His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia. History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor - and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.

Of the 81 riders who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. To truly capture the essence of what these riders endured a century ago, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps, and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. As Moore rides up and over the Alps and then down to the Adriatic (with only wine corks for brakes), Gironimo! is an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful, and madly inspiring.

©2015 Tim Moore (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Andrew
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-06-16

A long slog of punisihing whimsy

Expecting more of a straight, historical account of the 1914 race, I was disappointed with this book. It is, in fact, the story of the author's ride through Italy, retracing the route of that year's tour on an ancient bicycle of the same period ... interspersed with brief accounts of the historic race.

Whether describing his own travails, or that of the riders from 1914, Moore's book is one of endless and unrelenting witticisms ... or, in imitation of the author, "a drudgery of drollery, if you will."

That the book wasn't what I had expected, or wanted, is not a fair way of judging it. Those interested in a comedic travelogue or---again, as the author might say---a farcical frolic of middle-aged frustration and futility, might find the book well worth their time. The historical bits, like everything else, are there, it seems, for the jokes that can be wrung from them.

I suppose I should have taken the title more seriously ...

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Ugh...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone else. I'd recommend READING the book, but not listening to it. The narrator seems to injecting too many "characters" into the narration, doing different voices for everybody. It's sometimes annoying and at best, unlistenable. I understand that it's supposed to be humorous, but the execution falls a little short, IMO.

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Even Better a Year Later

Tim Moore's re-creation of the 1914 Giro is hilariously horrible, and this audiobook is an absolute inspiration. I re-listened recently while completing a seemingly endless photography project, and I was laughing out loud alone in the darkroom. Moore clearly acknowledges the preposterous nature of his project - riding the route of the 1914 Giro D'Italia in period costume and equipment - and he embraces it as he makes his entrance into small towns throughout modern Italy. Moore perfectly captures the combination of loneliness and adventure that typify this sort of travel, and also very astutely illustrates the courage required to do something rather ridiculous. Moore's complaints are more than balanced out by his obvious love of cycling and cycling history. His research is thorough and fascinating. My favorite part (among many) is where a well meaning concierge volunteers to launder his wool cycling kit. The narrator absolutely nails it. Gildart Jackson moves perfectly between pride and doom along with Moore, and his pronunciations of Italian are entirely in keeping with Moore's level and experiences. I highly recommend this book for fans of cycling and history.

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  • Stephen
  • WORCESTER, MA, United States
  • 11-12-15

Makes Me Tired Just Listening To It

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but to select friends, namely cycling enthusiasts

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

Mr. Moore tries to bring the 1914 riders into his contemporary experience using every trick he can think of, but he doesn't quite pull it off. Additional energy might have been put into that aspect.

Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

There is really only one character - the author

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tim Moore's writing is very funny. Humor pervades the entire book. His humor is very English, so some of it is lost on American readers, but not too much.

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Great Story, Extremely well written

A great story even if you aren't into cycling. It funny, I mean, laugh out loud funny. The performance is fantastic, perfect in fact. I just finished it and I am listening to it again. My strongest recommendation.

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  • Ann
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 08-16-15

Really? Are you still on that bike?

If you could sum up Gironimo! in three words, what would they be?

one long ride

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Moore? Why or why not?

Maybe - I still want to know why on earth he decided to go on that ride.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last one - he's finally back, badly decayed bike and all. I hope he burned those clothes. Finally someone who understood what on earth he was doing was there to appreciate it.

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

Heavens no - what a beating that would have been.

Any additional comments?

Where was his family all during this ride? Really - only his parents came to see him along the way? Something tells me his wife was back home wondering why on earth he was doing this ride too.

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