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Editorial Reviews

Starting from its fabulous title, this work of nonfiction is a must. Listen to Jeff Connor's sparkling English accent chronicle the 1987 Tour de France. Almost as exciting as watching the event, this book gives insider knowledge on the ins and outs of cycling - the intrigue, the cheating, drug use, the high emotions, the physical exertion, the competition, and ecstasy of this endurance sport. Cycling enthusiasts will keep this audiobook on the most convenient shelf - funny, entertaining, and informative.

Publisher's Summary

Named ‘The No. 1 Cycling Book of All Time’ by Cycle Sport, Wide-Eyed and Legless is a fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall story of courage, endurance, bungling, rows and cheating in sport's greatest marathon.

In 1987, the Tour was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and craziest race. Jeff Connor not only stayed with the British team but also found himself an unofficial team member.

In this new edition of Wide-Eyed and Legless, now widely regarded as a classic, Connor describes what it takes to compete, survive and win during those 26 days of gruelling effort. Alongside the heroism and athleticism, he reveals the extraordinary amounts of chicanery, from pulling riders along to illicit drug use.

Time has not dimmed the impact of this eye-opening and entertaining close-up look at the supreme endurance event, and Wide-Eyed and Legless is destined to be acclaimed by a new generation of cycling enthusiasts.

©2011 Jeff Connor (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

“One of the most vivid and entertaining books ever written about the Tour de France” (Richard Moore)
“A true classic of cycling literature” (Cycling Weekly)
“The British squad were out of their depth but Connor's documentary does not poke fun or seek to humiliate. Instead, it makes you feel like you're there with them, suffering and biting your lip” (Cycle Sport)
“A fabulously observed diary of July 1987, when the dream of British cycling joining the European mainstream crashed catastrophically...side-splittingly funny” (Cycling Books.Com)

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Into the Tour de France? This is your book.

Would you listen to Wide-Eyed and Legless again? Why?

For anyone who enjoys watching cycling and especially the Tour de France, this book is one that should not be missed. It is a bit dated, but the classic nature of the book fits nicely with the traditions of the great race. A bit hard to follow at times, this books may be a bit of a bore to a regular sports fan. This is a book about cycling for cycling fans.

Who was your favorite character and why?

More than just going into the peloton, this book takes the the listener into team meetings, team cars and the dynamics of how teams are started and sustained. The characters in the book are, in fact, true characters, and the authors does an outstanding job in introducing the listener to them.

What aspect of Ben Elliot’s performance would you have changed?

The narration is good, just, apparently, a bit dated. I got used to the unclear recording in time.

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

This is a short book that covers a lot of ground. It is one that requires listeners' attention. It can easily be listened to in one long setting.

Any additional comments?

If you are in to the great race, this is a must read. Wish I had listened to it long ago.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • Pacifica, CA, United States
  • 02-11-17

Who gave Connor this assignment?

This is an in-depth article about the Tour de France by a journalist who knows nothing about cycling and doesn't care to learn. His accounts of the hotels are more vivid than the description of the racing. The race is more like a background description of the weather in the story of one man's long and boring road trip. Skip this book.

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  • 02-08-17

Insightful

Historic perspective is always good. I love how doping is terrible and unprecedented., not so much, just tested and known. The "Greats" did it and we hear little of it. It is going to be an uphill slog to clean up this great sport but efforts are worthy and just. Great read.

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  • Mark Pack
  • 08-21-14

Great book, but beware the "unabridged" claim

If you could sum up Wide-Eyed and Legless in three words, what would they be?

It's a great book, but watch out for the "unabridged" claim. The audio version is incomplete, as it misses out several of the appendices at the back of the book, even ones that are quite amenable to be read out loud.

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  • Suzanne Lynda South
  • 08-21-16

The narrators style was tedious

Would you try another book written by Jeff Connor or narrated by Ben Elliot?

My first impression is that the book may have had more to offer but was spoilt by the narration. There was no variation of tone or pace - this made the reading soporific - and boring.

What could Jeff Connor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not employed Ben Eliot

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Elliot’s performances?

don't think so

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  • Dave Coleman
  • 03-13-16

British cycling in Le Tour in a more shambolic age

The story of the ANC team's first and only entry into Le Tour means both the era and the attitudes to preparation, racing and doping come from a different age.
Now primarily a historical document, its a reasonable yarn, and satisfactorily narrated although with some mangling of place names and terms from a narrator unfamiliar with the sport. Overall a reasonable listen as a piece of history, but newer books are a better guide to the sport as it is now.

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  • Nick Anderson
  • 07-21-16

not great

I couldn't get into this book at all. the delivery is very wooden and the story is bland. far better to buy Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins accounts of tour de France success and life inside the peleton

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  • Mr. Francis Pellow
  • 12-14-15

very good reading of interesting cycling book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. It was very informative of the dynamic of a cycling team and didn't drag at all.

Would you recommend Wide-Eyed and Legless to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if they have an interest in cycling.

What does Ben Elliot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Elliot reads the book very well and carries off the foreign place names/variety of accents without fault.

Did Wide-Eyed and Legless inspire you to do anything?

Read/listen to more books on cycling.