- The Dark Arts of Cheating in Sport
- Narrated by: Philip Rose
- Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-01-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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By Alan on 16-02-14
A dim light shining on the dark side of sport
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who hasn't watched the news, read the news, or followed the news for a couple of decades. I'm not an avid follower of the subject matter of this book, but found most of the stories very familiar.
Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Rowbottom again?
I doubt it. I was expecting to hear more stories from other not-so-popular sports. Cricket, football, athletics and cycling take centre stage. Also, the whole psychology of cheating was hardly expanded. Rowbottom can write, but he rarely went deeper than covering the events. I can't remember hearing of any primary research carried out by the author. Did he talk to a single psychologist, anthropologist, behaviouralist or sportsperson for that matter? A revistation of Maradona, Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong and Rugby's blood gate: Hardly coverage of new ground.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
My wife walked in when I was listening and genuinely asked: "Why are you spending so long listening to Siri?" He really did sound like an automated voice and made a hat-load of pronunciation errors: Jock Stine (for Jock Stein) to name one.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. I just wish I walked away from this book having learnt something. Cheating bad. Doping bad. Everyone else is doing it, bad excuse. That's all I learnt from this title. Oh, and ancient Olympians ate rams balls to enhance performance.
Any additional comments?
The author takes his hack's hat off to all those competitors who don't cheat when they compete. But he has hardly exposed why those who bend the rules on the field of play. What makes people cheat? Why do we resort to underhanded tactics even if we are likely to get caught? Sadly, I'm still none the wiser after this book.