Retracing a 1914 route of more than 3,000 kilometers through Italy with a century-old bicycle sounds painful. That's especially true with this audiobook because narrator Gildart Jackson gives Moore's first-person travelogue a sarcastic, self-deprecating tone that might lead some listeners to expect that the endeavor was a failure. However, it gradually sinks in that Moore is going to make it. He's competed in the Tour de France, after all, and, somewhere in middle age, he's not quite as old as the bike. It's not a smooth ride; repairs, traffic, and a leg freezing up are among Moore's troubles. Toward the end, the droll self-mockery gives way to reveal Moore's pride in completing the tour on a bike he refurbished himself. Listeners probably won't want to try Moore's journey themselves, but listening is fun. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2015]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4830-8505-0 $34.95 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4830-8502-9 $22.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781483085036 $105.00 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781483085043 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781483084992 multiple sources
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