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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 16, 2016
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- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01JPEV8G6
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Shut Up, Legs!: My Wild Ride on and off the Bike Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Unlike many athlete autobiographies, which read like a laundry list of accomplishments, or which dive deeply into the minor details of this or that race, Jens organizes his story into chapters devoted to different themes - "Crashes", "Training" and so on. The story progresses in roughly chronological order, but in any given chapter he pulls together events from different times to make a more cohesive and interesting picture than could be captured by a purely chronological work.
While there are enough race details to please devoted cycling fans (especially about Jens' quest to capture the UCI hour world record), what I enjoyed most about the book was the glimpse into how Jens' personality was shaped by his upbringing in East Germany and his close ties with his family. The book is reads like a candid conversation with Jens. The reader gets a behind the scenes look at the Jens' friends, the development of his attacking style, his outspoken response to doping scandals, his sense of humor, his interactions with fans, and even this reading habits!
Jens is one of the most likable athletes on the planet, and that fact jumps out from every page of the book. It's the most engaging cycling book I've read in a long while, and I think it would appeal to a wider audience than just Jens Voigt fans!
I could hear Jens Voigt’s voice in my head as I was reading and I smiled often at his language and expressions. He writes and commentates exactly as he talks - it is very refreshing. There is nothing coy or stilted or reserved.
Jens seems to be quite a character on and off the bike and his personality shines through on every page.
I like the conversational style of the book; the arrangement of the book starting with the title, cover, the chapter progression, the introduction, acknowledgements and photos.
Every chapter is interesting and his observations, insights, friendships, difficulties and triumphs are all worth reading about. I especially liked his reflections on growing up in a small town in East Germany; his love of family and friends; his descriptions of his teams and individual races; his preparation for his attempt at breaking the Hour Record and his thoughts on retirement.
SHUT UP LEGS! is not a tell-all, gossipy book, but an insightful memoir of the bike racer that is Jens Voigt.
Whether or not you are a cyclist or follow the sport of cycling, I do think you will enjoy this book. I would also recommend Jens’ Twitter feed, and his writing and commentating on various cycling races.