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Publisher's Summary

What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work?
But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had Tilin not looked in the mirror and succumbed to curiosity. Soon wielding syringes, this fortysomething husband and father of two children becomes the doper next door.
During his yearlong odyssey, Tilin is transformed. He becomes stronger, hornier, and aggressive. He wades into a subculture of doping physicians, real-estate agents, and aging women who believe that Tilin’s type of legal hormone-replacement therapy is the key to staying young, and he often agrees.
He also lives with the price paid for renewed vitality, worrying about his health, marriage, and cheating ways as an amateur bike racer. And all along the way, he tells us what doping is really like: empowering and scary.
©2011 Andrew Tilin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 09-19-13

Interesting Experiment

What did you like best about The Doper Next Door? What did you like least?

A frank and personal look at what it's like to go on performance enhancing drugs from a middle-aged, amateur cyclist, who's a husband and father. He starts taking high dosages of exogenous testosterone and DHEA and talks about all the pro-'s and con's of this decision.

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

I thought it was fine as is.

What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

Eric did a very good job narrating - smooth reader.

Was The Doper Next Door worth the listening time?

Yes - what I found fascinating was the 'hidden' side effects of the drugs that the author experienced. He was always worried that he might get caught, he felt like a fraud to his cycling coach, there were the mood swings, and also risking his family with secondary contamination. The author did a very good job about taking the reader through his decisions, even going back to key events from his childhood, and recent adulthood, which seemed to have shaped his decision to 'juice' and take the risks.

Any additional comments?

This book probes at the heart of the anti-aging industry. Supplemental hormones are the new panacea for men and women, it seems. This book should shed some good light on the overall effect of these drugs - moth physically, emotionally and psychologically.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Derrick Perrin on 12-09-15

What a wimp. He needs a hug or more testosterone.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, If you are in to cycling go read another book. If you expect this book to get juicy and really dive into doping then you will disappointed. Mr Tilin doesn't dope, he just takes normal prescriptions for his low testosterone levels. With the way this guy explains his life it seems like he has always been low on T. He behavior while on T just seem to be normal male behavior and don't really warrant a book with a great tittle.

What could Andrew Tilin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Go beyond bringing his testosterone to normal numbers. I expected him to cross the line and live it up for the sake of a book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Been a better cheater and told a story of what it was like for all the real cyclist get themselves into.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A man without a pair lives a year of his life like the average man.

Any additional comments?

Derrick Perrin of Corpus Christi is the writer our of this review.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-03-16


There was little in here about bike racing, or the effect of a doping "programme". It is essentially an account of a middle aged man and his dysfunctional marriage, written with a teenaged boy approach which is more like watching "American Pie" than an illuminating account of how a professional doping programme affects the arthletes undergoing it. I didn't download it to hear about his sex life, neuroses or psychoanalysis, I'd hoped for an insiders account of the epidemic of doping in sport. That is not what this is though.

I've never written an audible review but this was so disappointing that I felt I should. It is also narrated in a nauseating accent which makes the whole thing even less enjoyable.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-14-16

interesting but neurotic

Great idea for a book but not enough time was spent examining the performance enhancing effect of the drugs on sport, there was way too much psychoanalysis of his childhood & middle aged life.

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