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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Alternative Cyclist's Story

  • By Tony on 11-09-17

Phil really does thrill

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

Phil Gaimon takes us on the long, hard road to the top of professional cycling. Phil tells it as it is in a wonderfully unfiltered manner. Recommended! if

  • McLevy: The Collected Editions, Series 9 & 10

  • Eight Episodes of the BBC Radio 4 Crime Drama Series
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, Brian Cox
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 130

Eight episodes of the popular BBC Radio 4 Victorian detective drama, starring Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, this gripping series sees James McLevy prowling the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland and Lieutenant Roach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series. totally addicted!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-11-18

Sublime!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Fantastic cast as ever with great plots conjuring Victorian Edinburgh for a modern audience. The ongoing narrative between Jean and McLevy threads the stories together.

  • The Secret Race

  • Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  • By: Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 473

On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his best-selling book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal,, and his decade spent running from the truth. "I'm sorry," he told Coyle. "It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story even if you are not a bike racing fan

  • By Bettym on 19-03-13

Eye-opening expose

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

Reviewed: 29-03-17

A great story, charting a hopeful cyclist's introduction to the dark world of 1990s professional cycling and his eventual redemption. Tyler Hamilton is unflinching in his portrayal of himself and the pro cycling scene of his time. Despite his doping and duplicity at the time, Hamilton nevertheless emerges as a sympathetic and likeable character.

Far from taking over ancient history, Hamilton's story resonates strongly with todays ongoing efforts to present cycling as a clean sport. Sponsors continue to exert a powerful hold over the sport and teams remain pressured to perform.

Well worth your time.

  • Shut up Legs!

  • My Wild Ride on and off the Bike
  • By: Jens Voigt
  • Narrated by: Felix Auer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Even by the standards of a sport that requires enormous stamina and capacity for suffering, Jens Voigt is in a class on his own. Beloved by cycling fans for his madcap one-man breakaways as much as his sense of humour and quotable catchphrases, Jens is one of the most popular personalities in cycling. Jens was born near Hamburg and came up through the East German system before the Wall came down. He got into the national team through the German army before signing for his first big team.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cod accent spoils it

  • By sh100 on 29-05-17

Great story from a wonderful human being

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Jens' humour and incredible work ethic carries this story of his career. He's a true great in cycling.

  • No One Belongs Here More Than You

  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

In her remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives, Miranda July reveals how a single moment can change everything. Whether writing about a middle-aged woman's obsession with Prince William, or an aging factory worker who has never been in love, the result is startling, sexy and tender by turns. One of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years, Miranda July is a brilliant new voice in fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miranda July is a quiet genius

  • By Rebecca on 24-12-10

Perfect snapshots

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

Reviewed: 19-05-15

Funny, moving, toe curling- these insights into the everyday and the bizarre are perfectly narrated

  • Baldi: Series 1

  • By: Barry Devlin, Simon Brett, Annie Caullfield
  • Narrated by: David Threfall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In this first series, Father Paolo Baldi and his accomplice Tina investigate a string of mysterious crimes, including a murder at an Italian chip shop, the killing of a leading academic and a girl who falls victim to a devil-worshipping cult.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Mitch on 02-12-13

An unlikely detective

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

Reviewed: 29-03-15

Where does Baldi: Series 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An excellent suite of performances by all concerned, but particularly the superb David Threfall (to convincingly play a Franciscan friar and then so completely 'become' Frank Gallagher is remarkable).

What did you like best about this story?

The radio play format is one that I particularly enjoy and I find it engages the listener much more than a simple narration.

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

The Baldi stories aren't, to the best of my knowledge, available as books (if they are, I'd really like to read them).

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

Its hard not to feel compassion for Baldi's uneasy relationship with his vocation, being in the secular world and his desire to help solve crimes is skillfully pitched throughout these stories.

Any additional comments?

Another series would be wonderful!

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