Every Second Counts

Version: Abridged
Author: Lance Armstrong , Sally Jenkins
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Self Development, Sports, Health & Wellness, Disorders & Diseases, Biography, Other
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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The four-time Tour de France winner and number 1 New York Times bestselling author returns with an inspirational account of his recent personal and professional victories—and some failures—and an intimate glimpse into how almost dying taught him to really live.

Since the release of his megabestseller, It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong has enjoyed a new series of thrilling rides, from the birth of his twin daughters, to an astounding succession of Tour de France triumphs, to being chosen as Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2002. Continuing the inspiring story begun in his first book, Every Second Counts captures the mind-set of a man who has beaten incredible odds and considers each day an opportunity for excellence.

Armstrong's previous book recounted his journey from a grim diagnosis of testicular cancer, which had spread to his lungs and brain, to a stunning recovery that culminated in his winning the 1999 Tour de France—the ultimate evidence that he had also won a daunting battle with death.

His new book addresses the equally daunting challenge of living in the aftermath of this experience and making the most of every breath of life. Armstrong candidly discusses his prickly relationship with the French and the ultimately disproved accusations of doping within his Tour de France team, and he writes about his recent achievements, including celebrating five years of cancer survival and how he restored a magnificent chapel in his beloved Spain.

A fresh perspective on the spirit of survivors everywhere, Every Second Counts will invigorate and enthrall Armstrong's millions of admirers.

Reviews (4)

Every Second Counts

Written by Anonymous on April 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great book about biking and life. Armstrong gives a fairly ego-less acocunt of his struggle with cancer, family life, and career.

Repeats a lot of the first book

Written by Anonymous on December 2nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book, although with some new insights and stories, felt like a rehash of everything else Armstrong has written about himself. It's tolerable, but not as interesting as It's Not About the Bike if you aren't a huge fan.

Inspiring Excellence

Written by E. C. Dobo on November 23rd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I’m a bit biased because I love to bike, but this book is truly inspirational. While Lance explains so much about the Tour, which I appreciated, his principle of discipline and work ethic goes well beyond the race world. Anyone who feels they are just existing rather than truly living will be motivated to excel, or at least try harder to be more, as a person and professional. Some of the underlying points; at times we all dislike things about our work and our lives; we can’t win every time at everything; and obstacles can be overcome, show that with all the glamour and fame bestowed on Lance, like us, it must be earned.

Every Second Counts

Written by S. McLaughlin on September 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As a Lance Armstrong fan who watched daily news coverage of the 2004 Tour De France, the book provided "inside information" about how the mind of this amazing athelete works. I learned new perspectives about what was going on during different races than what was projected through the media. I was shocked to discover how much Armstrong has been harrassed by the drug testers who cannot believe he can race at the level he does without the aid of chemicals. Finally, I enjoyed listening to Lance's unique perspective on life and living and what makes him excel at his sport. Lance's story serves as an inspiration to all whether you are a world-class athelete or just someone who exercises to stay healthy.

Author Details

Author Details

Armstrong, Lance

"Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong continues to make winning the Tour de France his annual cycling goal. He also oversees the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients around the world with managing and surviving the disease. He lives in Austin, Texas."

Jenkins, Sally

Sally Jenkins is a columnist for the Washington Post. In 2002 she won the Associated Press Columnist of the Year Award. She has co-written many bestselling sports books, including "It's Not About the Bike" and "Reach For the Summit" with Pat Summitt.