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What a great book. This is an excellent history of the race known as Paris-Roubaix, the springtime one-day classic that features distinctive cobbled roads in the north of France. Cycling history is filled with such amazing characters, as a rule, and the Paris-Roubaix is rife with them. Great stories about riders stopping at pubs, quitting the race, or fighting with spectators; heroic tales of athletes plowing through ridiculously difficult conditions to win this hellish yet somehow irresistible race. The author creates a wonderful portrait of a century, a region, and a parade of legendary cyclists. The narrator is perhaps the worst narrator I have ever heard on Audible, sorry to say (the French pronunciations are quite painful). But if you need to listen rather than read, as I do, try not to let that prevent you from enjoying this cycling history. It's worth the struggle.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story to be better than the print version?
I love audio books, I can still read now that my commute is in the car rather than on the train.
What did you like best about this story?
I am relatively new to cycling so not that familiar with all the characters in this book, but that did not spoil my enjoyment. This book really brings the race to life
Which scene did you most enjoy?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Hell on cobbles
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I genuinely believe had this account of Paris-Roubaix been narrated by a less robotic accented narrator, I may have enjoyed it.
In parts, I actually thought a voice program had taken over.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
this was a great history of the race but was somewhat ruined in my opinion by the narrator who sounded like an advanced computer reading out the text. im surprised i stuck with it until the end!