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Publisher's Summary

Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 years. The collection exhibits the madness that engulfs those who descend into cycling obsession, celebrating the average cyclist living in a world defined by the pros. The writings range from fanciful musings concerning the Tao of singlespeeding to lengthy descriptions of end-to-end rides in Britain and Ireland. Mountain biking, road cycling and all sorts of other cycling events are chronicled along the way. Each is written in a lighthearted style designed to bring the reader into the author's world which is often littered with incident and humour. The listener will find a loose ticklist of events to ride, bikes to own and challenges to take on, each described in the author's own inimitable style.
©2012 Dave Barter (P)2012 Dave Barter
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By Sparkly on 08-15-13

Adventures of a Serial Amateur

Personal essays, mostly essay-length, about the author's travails as a late blooming cycling fanatic. These 'inner voice' stories are quite humorous, especially the author's ping-ponging between hubris and humiliation at the club rides. My favorite sections were the introduction, when the author makes the life-changing decision to get fit during an awkward elevator incident, and his ride of The Étape in France, a cyclo-sportive event in which amateurs may ride a Tour de France stage on the rest day during the 'real' Tour. In the essayist tradition, the best stories emerge when things go wrong, and the author has plenty of things go wrong. My one criticism - occasionally attitude gets the better of the author. For example, he makes a point to single out and mock fellow cycling essayist Elden, of Fat Cyclist blog. Why do that? The two are cut from the same chamois, so to speak, and Elden is a much beloved figure in cycling blogs. Still, this was great to listen to while trapped in the carpool wishing I were cycling.

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By Maciej on 12-24-12

Great one!

What made the experience of listening to Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder the most enjoyable?

Outstanding voice of lector

What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

There are so many... :)

What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There is no "just read the book". This book is great :) And lector - he brought a quite new experience - as the book is very funny, than it's really very easy to spoil the reading if wrong lector is chosen. And Simon Whistler is just great!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes - the ending. It came so fast...

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By MR on 08-28-12

A must for all cyclists.

If you cycle at any level you surly cant fail to relate to some if not all of the storys in this book. In essence its a collection of short story's written as blogs or magazine articles the author Dave, he has collated these story's and presented them in a flowing narrative that brings you into his obsessive world of cycling, Dave has in his self-deprecating way has produced a superb book which translates into audio perfectly as a very funny listen, its well narrated by Simon together they transport you to epic and sometimes grueling world of road sportive s, local and distant mountain bike rides, The Alps, the lakes, E2E to all-night rides, Singlespeeds, punchers and into the lives of the friends he meets on the way . I was going for a ride anyway but if I wasn't It would have inspired me to get out there!

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By Mr on 01-03-14

A difficult listen

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found this a difficult listen, mostly down to the narration.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Different narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Whistler’s performances?

No

Could you see Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Potentially but haven't given it too much thought

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By craig on 07-27-14

Awesome storystory poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes for sure the content was good, story's memorable and it offered a great insight in to the addition of cycling. I listened to it whilst traveling in the car and when out running and have no regrets about the 9 our so hours I spent on it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

I really enjoyed the Lands end to John io Groats section.<br/><br/>This had inspired me to look for more books in that genre.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Whistler’s performances?

Not at all this was the real lore point of the book for me. The narration was in my opinion extremely poor.<br/><br/>I found him to be flat and unamusing. Even the funny sections were diluted with this narration.

Was Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder worth the listening time?

Yes. Good content

Any additional comments?

I almost bowed out half way for to narration. In glad I stuck with it as it was overall an enjoyable book.

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