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The Tour de France Audiobook

The Tour de France: A Cultural History

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In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event-including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage-Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

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    li-jou 30/05/2014
    li-jou 30/05/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "Overly academic, stilted language"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book was written in fresh, engaging English. It reads like the phd thesis of a pretentious cyclist.
    If the reader could actually pronounce French! You would have thought that given the subject they would cast somebody who could, for this reading! Who decides who reads what?


    What will your next listen be?

    Something else about Cycling history


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader needs to stop using a declamatory voice tone, sounds very pompous. Ease into the microphone, buddy!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that you can render a subject like this boring.


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