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Tim Moore , Andrew Wincott
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1. Juli 2009
This is an heroic account of an inadequate man's attempt to achieve the unachievable. It's not easy cycling the Tour de France. Battling it out with old men on butchers' bikes and pursued by cattle, Tim Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance and systematic overeating. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's history, are interwoven through a look at France's preparations for the most famous cycling event in the world. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

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  • Verlag: Gardners Books Ltd; Auflage: Unabridged (1. Juli 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1407439979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407439976
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 2,6 x 14,2 cm
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Comic writer Tim Moore trades his ailing Rolls Royce for a bicycle, a map and a water bottle in French Revolutions. This is a quest to pedal the route of the Tour de France, no mean feat for the fit, let alone a self-described suburban slouch. The resulting 2,256-haphazard-mile journey transforms Moore into an incredibly fit and passionately proud cyclist. Initially, Moore takes the "I will do it and it probably will kill me" approach. His normal perspective, as a stooge to life's misfortunes, plays well as he prepares to ride the route of the 2000 Tour de France. Moore is the everyman who pedalled in youth and now wouldn't ride a bike to the corner store. But unlike a traveller by car, train or plane, Moore has to navigate France under his own steam. Somewhere around the Ventoux, the world's windiest place, Moore starts to change. He becomes enraptured by the feat itself as mile by mile he realises he is no longer an accidental cyclist but a lean, mean cycling machine. Gradually, the narrative turns from travel to a personal quest. Along the route, Moore's details of the heroes of the Tour make an excellent primer on this gruelling race and helps the uninitiated understand the frenzy that grips France each July as the races meanders through incidental villages, over mountains and, finally, into Paris. It is worth reading for that alone. Having survived mountains of pain, a disgusting diet and motels of dubious value, a new, muscular Moore concludes that "I might never leave my mark on the Tour, but that didn't matter. It has left its mark on me". To follow Moore's path of perspiration is certainly not a vacation. Yet, this curmudgeonly clever and inspirational book makes one want to do just that. "Old Father Time was catching up with Old Father Tim. If I didn't do it this year, I wouldn't because maybe next year I couldn't," he says before starting out. And that, as Tim Moore so surely points out, is what pushes any true traveller out the door. --Kathleen Buckley -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Something to laugh at on every page." The Daily Telegraph "This hilarious account is laden with anecdotes." The Literary Review " of the funniest books about sport ever written." The Sunday Times"

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1.0 von 5 Sternen boring, boring and boring 2. September 2013
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He wrote a book on cheating (not actually completing the tour and major climbs), using banned drugs to "enhance" performance and sad failure. All of that by being consistently boring.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a good vacation read 12. August 2002
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I recently bought this book on vacation... a little light reading. I enjoyed it for just that. It had interesting historical facts about the Tour without succombing to a history lesson. His writing style is very...British. Be aware Mr Moore describes his European neighbors and their habits in a particularly british light. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Uneven, at times frustrating, but a lot of fun. 27. September 2003
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This novel answers a question most cyclists have asked themselves: Could I, a mere mortal, finish the Tour de France? The answer Moore walks away with is yes, you can probably Forrest Gump your way through--provided you play free and loose with the route and the rules.
As you begin the book, however, it seems as though it will take Moore a lifetime to reach this conclusion. The first few chapters read less like literature than the winning essay in a "Can You Fit a Gag in EVERY Sentence?" contest. At times it takes paragraph after excruciating paragraph of wacky hijinks for Moore to complete the most mundane task, e.g., picking up the bike and walking out the door--you may find yourself ready to scream "just get ON with it!" more than once.
Once Moore gets his act together and starts rolling, however, so does the book. Moore makes no secret of the fact that he is an absolute beginner when it comes to cycling, and this really helps the book remain fun. Rather than getting bogged down in technical jargon and precise details, Moore simply bumbles his way around France, using a liberal dose of caustic English wit to chronicle his journey and reflect on the unique, at times baffling enigma that is French culture. And he does bring to light some head-scratchers; why do the French post a permanent sign next to every chip, hole and gouge in a road instead of simply repaving it? In a country the size of France, how could a canyon 12 miles long and a mile wide possibly go undiscovered until 1905?
Moore's real genius, though, was in unearthing a treasure trove of arcane, fascinating Tour de France trivia. From the unimaginable suffering of the early tours, to the insane results of egos run amok, to the at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking lengths men go through to finish the Tour, Moore misses nothing and weaves it seamlessly into his own "Tour."
That's the good news. The bad news is the fun is concentrated in the center of the book; it loses steam in last few chapters. And while both Americans and Brits speak English, the English we speak is not the same, a fact made painfully obvious by Moore's liberal use of impenetrable Brit-slang. Combine that with dozens of French phrases, and you may go for sentences without a clue to what Moore is talking about.
A final irony is that this book will likely appeal more to those who don't cycle that those who do, because while Moore is a novice, he is also quite often an unbearable idiot. I found myself checking the jacket to see if this book wasn't written in 1951--why would anyone in this day and age attempt to ride 100 miles fueled up on candy bars, pate, espresso, cold medicine and liters of wine? I guess Moore loves the macho/romantic image, but excuse me if I don't think getting yourself--or someone else--killed while riding half drunk is cool, particularly when you've got three kids. I just found much of what he did so exasperatingly, pointlessly stupid I couldn't let it go.
But more seriously, it just didn't ring true to me; bluntly, I think Moore is often flat-out lying about his exploits. Knowing what I know about cycling, and given the massive dehydration, cramping, fatigue and overall havoc such a crap diet would wreak on his system, I find it VERY difficult to believe Moore could have finished as much of this ride as he claims he did.
But then, Moore didn't take his journey that seriously, so I suppose I shouldn't either. And, so long as you don't take it seriously, I would imagine that virtually anyone can enjoy Moore's ride. Flaws aside, a fun read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent fun!! 24. November 2003
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I'm a cyclist, tour de france fan and occasional cycle tourist. Tim Moore has managed to capture the essence of all that is good and bad about cycling and cycle-touring. He crams humour into almost every sentence and at times I was laughing out loud at the unique way that he manages to decribe things.
An excellent read for anyone that rides a bike, and I suspect that many non-cyclists will enjoy this too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the funniest books I have ever read 30. Januar 2010
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Two vignettes of my experience reading French Revolutions may help you to understand just how funny this book is:

1. Reading it on the train to Sheffield, England I was sniggering so much that the person sitting opposite me in the carriage moved to a different seat, thinking that I might just be insane.

2. Reading it in bed, I woke up my girlfriend because I was laughing so hard that the bed shook.

Moore is so flagrantly unprepared and unfit for his adventure that it's amazing he wasn't run over by a truck or carted off the hill by an ambulance. Fortunately, his mordant wit keeps the book moving at a rapid clip. Great travel reading because it allows the couch potato in all of us to imagine that we're with him, drinking and complaining our way across France, rather than stuck on a plane or train going nowhere fast.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging travelogue-torture test 1. November 2005
Von A. H. Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf
I think Tim Moore is a very funny writer, and this book is quite engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable. Mr. Moore takes it upon himself to follow the exact 2000 Tour de France route. Much hilarity ensues. As a fellow cyclist, I'm deeply impressed by his ability to climb the fearsome cols of Galibier and Ventoux; I suspect he wasn't as ill-trained as he claims. That aside, the history of the Tour de France is covered quite well here, along with rotten hotel rooms, excruciating pain, abdominal mishaps, and frank surprise at his ability to finish the route. I give this four stars only because I think his "Travels with a Donkey" is superior. This is a fun read for anyone with a passing interest in cycling, road racing, and France.
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