This is one of the best audio books I've listened to in a long while. The subject matter, although about running is so much more than that. McDougall does a fantastic job of introducing the characeters of the book as well as mixing in science with a very interesting story. I feel fortunate to have discovered this book. A must read/listen. Fred Sanders does a great job of narrating the book.
If you are a runner or not you really need to listen to this book. I would normally not listen to a book on running but this book captured my attention from the start.I laughed, cried, and smiled throughout this book. I listened to it once and then immediately started to listen to it again. The narrator is one of the best I have listened to. I can't stop thinking about the characters and even googled them to learn more about them. Do not pass this book by as it would be a big mistake!
Very possibly. And great narration. This is a combination of a great running story and terrific backround information. I was sorry it ended.
This is one fine book. I chose it to learn something I could integrate into my wellness program. I got more than I bargained for and a series of wonderful surprises in the deal. This is a story of the Tarahumara Indians who are distance runners. It is filled with great character studies, anecdocts, and information relevant to the runner and the marginally interested. It is informative, well written, and read in an excellent fashion. You will come to understand what makes these folks run, how they run, and a lot more.
I have regularly runs ultras since 2001. This book has spurred more growth in a single listen than all those years, combined. What others have called "bird walking" is the true substance of this book. While the actual race is fascinating, the research and stories about running, in general - shoes, or the lack thereof, nutrition, physiology, and psychology - are a veritable goldmine for an ultrarunner, or anyone aspiring to try.
Since reading this book I have taken off my watch, stopped training for specific events and forgotten about PR times. I have gotten back to running for its own sake and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I am enjoying running in a way that I haven't for years.
This book brought me back to what it was like to run as a child, to run for a shear joy of it. It captures the spirit of running better than any other book I have every read.
The changes I have made since reading this book I believe have reconnected me in a deeper and more meaningful way to what it means to be human. I am extremely grateful for that.
And its just a great story, perfect pace and great characters.
Excellent book ,great stories great characters,very good information about running and diet and training to run long distance.I am serching now for another book this good and it will be a long search.
Really like non-fiction with a well told story
I've always run a little.
With this book I found myself sneaking out of work with my iPod and running shorts to listen to and live this great story.
It's not surprising Christopher McDougall made so many "crazy" friends on his journey, his writing style makes me feel like he's my old college buddy (might be the language). Fred Saunders narrating goes perfectly with this text.
Based on this book I can't stop myself from telling people to throw away their expensive running shoes and run the way we were made to run. I've decided to go against the conventional wisdom and do MORE walking barefoot to get rid of my heel pain. I've gone from a mind set of "maybe I'm not meant to run so much to "I want to run for hours and hours, everyday and all the time" and I can't wait until I can.
Usually I don't like a lot of "names" in a book (my simple mind has trouble keeping them straight) but, I loved meeting all these characters.
I've got another hour left of the book that I'm saving for tomorrows "lunch". I hope the undercurrent of living "a good life" is what really makes a "good runner" carries to the end. Don't confuse "good life" with no partying 'cause there is plenty of that. This is the good life the prophets talk about with sharing, love, compassion and simple living.
If you run you owe it to yourself to download this book. McDougall's account of The Greatest Ultra Race never seen and character profiles of those involved kept a smile on my face through several runs of my own. Through his eyes, you are given the chance to experience this race, and educated about ultra running enough along the way to appreciate every thing and everyone involved. The pacing of the book isn't fast, more like the pace of ultra race the author describes, but it is about perfect for this story. The second half of the book, takes a turn toward wonkiness as McDougall describes barefooting, nutrition, et all, but, when he finally returns to the story, the characters and the race, it makes for a very rewarding conclusion. I was very glad I found and listened to this book. On On.
A wonderful book that is well read. I have little interest in running, but I continually made excuses for listening to this book.