I really liked this book, it was inspiring to run to...wish I could find more like it.
I've been running few miles almost every day in the last 30 years or so. I only did few marathons and they always made me suffer.
Anyway, after seeing McDougall on "TED" I purchased this audio book as an "educational" book.
However, it was a very pleasant surprise to find out that it is also very entertaining!
For runners, this book is a potential life changer.
For non-runners and runners alike, it's a good story, it's sometimes funny, sometimes suspenseful and it's always very interesting.
McDougall is well-placed in the Esquire tradition of creative non-fiction, in the daunting footsteps of Gay Talese. It is a "true" story, but the quotation marks are necessary, because McDougall (and most writers in this style) describe countless scenes they did not witness and--no matter how good their research--they could not know the thoughts people had and have, as portrayed here. As is often said, they use fictional techniques to tell a non-fictional story.
McDougall does a smashing job of ordering the telling of the story, with long flashbacks and sidetracks adding richness and depth to the main, protagonist-centered story line. It's clear why and how the book became an influential bestseller--it is hard to stop listening. It got me running again! Albeit, nothing like the distances these delightful wackos are doing.
The performance is first-rate, but I have to mention a huge gaffe right at the start. Is there an editor listening at Knopf Doubleday? No one noticed, apparently, that the narrator gets the title wrong--completely reversing the meaning of the subtitle! Not the narrator's fault. An editor is supposed to catch things like that--certainly in the title! He does a great job with all that Spanish and Tarahumaran pronunciation.
A great read even for non-athletes. The history and science seemed well-sourced, but it was not dry or "self helpish" .
Could have lived without hearing his theory of evolution, which was woven throughout the book. But his personal story of running with the hidden tribe, and the characters that joined him on his journey are will worth getting past hearing his personal believes of evolution. Still this was the best written book I have heard all year. Truly, a well written piece of non-fiction that I highly recommend even through I disagree with his person theory.
This book is so compelling that it will make you want to go for 30 mile run. The book is well written, and the reader is excellent.
I love how Christopher McDougall wove the scientific studies in-between the story (fascinating, real-life characters). I struggle with science even though I want to know…. I’m just want entertaining science.
Jenn Shelton: "I've never really discussed this with anyone bc it sounds pretentious, but I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles, you’d be in this Zen state…. You’d be the f*(!ing Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case; I’m the same old punk @ss as before, but there’s always that hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be… a better, more peaceful person.”
Nope. I would like to listen to more.
You Were Born To Run (my brain isn't really made for creativity).
The author's way of weaving multiply characters into a story without confusing the reader. He always goes back and continues with the original story after heading off on a soapbox. I've never visited this area of the United States and Mexico, but by listening to this book the audience gets a detail account of the geography and culture.
When spanish words are used, the english translation follows. Woven throughout the book, small stories of how the culture like drug gangs, native people, and visitors to the area shape the Mexican landscape.
His voice is perfect for this audiobook. easy listening.
Perfect book for a long run whether a 5k, 1/2 marathon or more.
Terrific story. Very motivating for competitive or casual runners. Non runners will be intrigued as well. Good narration and character development. Best book I've listened to in a long time.
Yes, to refresh my memory on the details
A story about Leadville race and a chapter about antropological studies that support the idea that humans are built to run
Nothing has disappointed me yet.
Can't think of anything.
I haven't finished this yet, but agree with all the other positive reviews the book has received. It is part story, part biology, part archaeology, and part amazing. Can't wait to finish.