"Bit of bridge to the fantastic 3rd book"
As I've found with most trilogies the 2nd book tends to be a bit of a bridge betwen the excitement of the first book and the climax and thrill of the 3rd book. This one is a bit of a scene/background setter ready for the 3rd book, but is still unput-downable and is completely believable for a future American world
I'd just finished listening to Bradley Wiggin's autobiography and moved straight onto this one. Talk about a complete contrast of the same competition and hopefully shows how much progress the sport has made over the last few years. Sean Runnette narrated it perfectly and painted a brilliant picture of 'The Secret Race'. If you're interested in bike racing then this is an absolute must listen to, especially after the recent Lance Armstrong Oprah Winfrey confession. You'll be hooked and in disbelief of the cover up over the last 15 years.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but within minutes I was hooked and listened to all 3 books back to back. Very well read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith who brought the books alive. I'm really hoping that there is a 4th book in the writing!!!!
I had seen the hype around the films and had never even heard of the books, but I am so pleased I downloaded the audiobooks. Absolutely brilliant. Whenever I had to stop listening I couldn't wait to get back into it again. The narrator is perfect and captures the emotion of the book fully. I downloaded the trilogy in one go and would highly recommend having all 3 books ready to listen to back to back - you'll be disappointed if you don't!
A brilliant climax to the trilogy. Part of me wanted to race to the finish (good job I wasn't reading the book as I think I would have missed half of it in my urge to devour the book) but part of me wanted to savour the book for as long as possible. I haven't listened to an audio book as good as this for a while. Superb. I could write a whole load of adjectives to describe how good this is, but just go and listen to it!
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this audiobook when I started listening to it as I found the hopping between the current and past a little hard going and the older person's voice difficult to understand at times. But, I'm glad I perservered with it. The story is very original and draws you in. Worth a listen
I've read other Stuart Maconie books, but this is far and away the best. The way that Stuart has chosed a day per decade then woven in all the other historical facts and stories leading up to and beyond the selected event can only be described as masterful. I enjoyed it so much that I was disappointed to get to the end. If you want a good (and very funny in parts) overview of history of the 20th century then download this
After listening to the first two books of the Trilogy series I couldn't wait to listen to this one to see how it all ended. The first two were brilliant - I did not want to stop listening to either of them. Saul Reichlin is a great narrator and really drew me into all three of the books. The only thing that let this one down was the ending - not quite as explosive or wow as I had been expecting. If you have listened/read the first two, this book is a must read/listen.
"Laugh out loud"
Fantastically funny listen. I listened to this whilst out walking and there are a lot of laugh out loud moments (which can be a little embaressing!). The style of this is very similar to Michael McIntyre's stand up routine - lots of observation about the every day type of things that happen as you grow up. If you like Michael's stand up routine you'll love this book.
Loved this audiobook. The use of 4 different narrators really helped bring all the different characters to life and it was more like listening to a play rather than a book. One of the best listens that I have had from Audible and would highly recomment this
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