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Summary

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. In many ways he is cycling's anti-star; despite arguably spending more time at the front of the Tour de France than any other rider, he has worn the yellow jersey only twice, as his efforts have always been in the service of others.

Jens embodies the best of cycling's qualities - loyalty to his team, sacrifice, and devotion to the sport. He says, 'I'm not a head person, I'm more of a heart and guts guy. That's how I race.'

Shut Up Legs will be a funny, insightful and entertaining look at the tough realities of professional cycling, told in Jens' trademark irreverent and inimitable style.

©2016 Jens Voigt (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Cod accent spoils it

The biography itself is interesting insight into the world of a professional cyclist. However it is ruined by the use of a cod accent by the reader. I know the author is German and speaks with an accent but I don't believe it needs to be falsely imitated. I suppose some marketing person thought this would add authenticity.

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hard work

I'm only half way through and the accent of the narrator is killing it for me. I appreciate its necessary but its almost comedic at times, like Dr. Nick from the Simpsons... huge fan of Jens but its really spoiling it for me.

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Sadly the narrator put me off.....

Ooooh. That narrator. Put me clean off the audio book so I have sadly returned it. The book itself is a collection of light hearted stories by a loved cyclist.

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Good book but annoying voice

Enjoyed the book but found the accent (although probably required) a little annoying and fake sounding

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Really great insight into a great rider.

Really enjoyed the book. It's well paced and give a real insight in to Jens' life.

If I could make one small change I would rather have the book read by a native German speaker as some of the pronunciations seem a little off. Eg I would prefer that Voigt is pronounced correctly and not the Phil Ligget way. :)

Doesn't matter too much though and won't spoil the story.

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Don’t, DON’T buy until you’ve read this

Oh man; MAN the artist is a horrific narrator. The german accents - pretty much every 2 minutes of the book - ruin the whole thing. I’d have wanted the story soooooo much but just can’t endure the appalling performance to be able to enjoy it.

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Great book!

really enjoyed this book....would highly recommend. Very well read and very easy to get through

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loved it

what can I say, an honest account of a true legend, how we have missed you Jens.

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Great story, great voice

This may be the best vocal performance you will ever hear.

If I am right, this dude does all the voices, all the accents. A real talent.

The story is great, a genuine, honest account of life inside and outside the peloton.

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inspirational

a joy to listen to. and inspirational to any cyclists. a great insight in to the professional cycling sport.