Wide-Eyed and Legless

  • by Jeff Connor
  • Narrated by Ben Elliot
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Named ‘The No. 1 Cycling Book of All Time’ by Cycle Sport, Wide-Eyed and Legless is a fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall story of courage, endurance, bungling, rows and cheating in sport's greatest marathon.
In 1987, the Tour was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and craziest race. Jeff Connor not only stayed with the British team but also found himself an unofficial team member.
In this new edition of Wide-Eyed and Legless, now widely regarded as a classic, Connor describes what it takes to compete, survive and win during those 26 days of gruelling effort. Alongside the heroism and athleticism, he reveals the extraordinary amounts of chicanery, from pulling riders along to illicit drug use.
Time has not dimmed the impact of this eye-opening and entertaining close-up look at the supreme endurance event, and Wide-Eyed and Legless is destined to be acclaimed by a new generation of cycling enthusiasts.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Starting from its fabulous title, this work of nonfiction is a must. Listen to Jeff Connor's sparkling English accent chronicle the 1987 Tour de France. Almost as exciting as watching the event, this book gives insider knowledge on the ins and outs of cycling - the intrigue, the cheating, drug use, the high emotions, the physical exertion, the competition, and ecstasy of this endurance sport. Cycling enthusiasts will keep this audiobook on the most convenient shelf - funny, entertaining, and informative.

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What the Critics Say

“One of the most vivid and entertaining books ever written about the Tour de France” (Richard Moore)
“A true classic of cycling literature” (Cycling Weekly)
“The British squad were out of their depth but Connor's documentary does not poke fun or seek to humiliate. Instead, it makes you feel like you're there with them, suffering and biting your lip” (Cycle Sport)
“A fabulously observed diary of July 1987, when the dream of British cycling joining the European mainstream crashed catastrophically...side-splittingly funny” (Cycling Books.Com)

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Customer Reviews

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Great book, but beware the "unabridged" claim

If you could sum up Wide-Eyed and Legless in three words, what would they be?

It's a great book, but watch out for the "unabridged" claim. The audio version is incomplete, as it misses out several of the appendices at the back of the book, even ones that are quite amenable to be read out loud.


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- Mark Pack

The narrators style was tedious

Would you try another book written by Jeff Connor or narrated by Ben Elliot?

My first impression is that the book may have had more to offer but was spoilt by the narration. There was no variation of tone or pace - this made the reading soporific - and boring.


What could Jeff Connor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not employed Ben Eliot


Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Elliot’s performances?

don't think so


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- Suzanne Lynda South

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios