The Doper Next Door

  • by Andrew Tilin
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Amazon Customer

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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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios