most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.
the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.
This book was a great history of not only Jesse Owens, but how African Americans lived in the years just before World War II. The author does a great job of taking us right into the Olympics in Berlin. It provides a close up view on what is is like to be a member of a minority group in the run up to world class competition.
Agassi's book is awesome. It feels as if you have been in his tennis bag for 20 years. The stories and recollections are robust, and the narration is first rate. Just terrific.
I've always been a sucker for horses. And this story had all the usual plot points of a typical Disney movie: the underdog on his last leg, the rescue, the slow unfolding of talent, the perseverance in the face of ridicule, and the ultimate victory. That makes it sound cliched and dull, but I didn't find it so. To me it was amazing and heartwarming. I Googled "Snowman horse" and found actual video of Snowman going clear back to the early 1960s.
I truly wish that they would make a movie of this, but I realize that making a movie about a horse that can jump incredibly high obstacles is a lot more difficult than making a movie about a horse that can run fast. A movie racehorse doesn't really have to run all that fast to fool us, but it would be a lot harder to fake a horse jumping a seven-foot fence. Sigh.
Bronson Pinchot is my new favorite narrator for audio books. I love the sound of his voice and his way of reading.
I don't know that Everyone will love this book, but if you have ever loved horses or horse books (Black Stallion), or if you have ever loved other animal-story books, then I think you will probably like this one. It is a great entry into the genre.