I have never written a review before, but I had to for this book- and I still have just 14 minutes left of it. It is an incredibly well written story that is able to include fascinating accounts of history, anthropology, science, humor, nutrition, philosophy... all woven throughout the excitingly suspenseful plot of the race. This is easily one of my favorite books of all time- it changes the way you look at many things in life. And he does a good job of making you laugh out loud- even while you're running!
It is an interesting insite into the unltramarathon runner's world. The story kept my attention the entire time and I learned new information about the "Hidden Tribe". I wonder if the man who showed up a Mt. Whitney in shorts and sandals and ran to the top and back in a very short time was one of these Indian runners. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone, runner or not, for it is informative, a good story and I came away knowing more than I did before listening to it.
I had read this book before and wanted to listen to it as I went on long runs. Fred Sanders did a wonderful job narrating the book. He pronounced the Spanish words perfectly (I am a Spanish teacher, so that was pleasing)! He had an excellent voice to listen to. And, of course, Christopher McDougall is a wonderful author and this is one of my favorite books. A MUST-READ! Too valuable of information not to learn. I highly recommend this audiobook! You will not regret it, especially if you are a runner or are considering becoming one.
I read this book first and liked it so much that I decided to download it and listen to it while I did my long runs training for a marathon, and it definitely changed the way I feel about long runs forever! The runners in the book are so fascinating that I actually had to google them all to make sure they are "real people" and not just some very entertaining fictional characters. It has great background information, leading up to the ultimate, final race at the end that I never wanted to be over. I could have read about their races forever. But the best part is probably their journey to even get to that race in one piece to begin with. A great read, incredibly entertainning while being informational.
If you're hungry for simplicity, purity and a healthy path, this book may turn out to be more than entertainment! After discovering Michael Pollan, Dr. Mark Hyman & barefoot running, this book provided as much blueprint as story. While few will be tempted to jump off the edge of the world and live in paleolithic purity, the picture McDougall draws is compelling, as more and more elements of our modern world turn out to be false or unsustainably destructive. Besides, this book is a hell of a fun ride!
Very exciting! I couldn't wait to get back to this book everytime I had to quit. This was very well written and would easily engage a non-runner. Stories throughout make this book very interesting as well as when the book starts touching on the science of running, which is again backed up by more stories. I will be listening to this one again shortly.
When it comes to my books, I'm not terribly snobby or caught up in details of the author's style. What holds me is the strength of the story and passion of the author. This is hands down one of the best best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
A friend recommended this book and said, "Read it; it will change your life." I took his advise and read it. I'm still fat and slow, but I'm running and, for the first time since I was a little kid, having fun doing it. Excellent book!
Michael D. Taylor
As a very amateur runner, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was captivating, but I also found McDougall's discussions of shoes, running theory, and interpersonal relationships engaging. I didn't appreciate the frequent use of profanity, surely part of McDougall's efforts to make the book "realistic", but totally unnecessary.
I listened to this book non-stop (at every opportunity) until it was done. I was so fascinated! The story was great, the history was great, the facts were interesting. It's a motivational book and appropriate for all readers, especially those with an interest in running.