Discovering these people and the heart of the run!!
That technically correct information about injury, pain, and running was woven in with the story of Cabillo Blanco and the tribe.
I would have to say the race and in particular the finish!
Finding out that the son of a tribe runner had been senselessly killed by the drug lords!
I love audible! I don't think I would have bought this book to read and I would have missed the answer to my own painful running dilemma and very inspiring true story!!!
It wasn't the reader that made this book.
You don't need to be a runner to be fascinated and interested in this book. The characters in it amazed and baffled me.I couldn't stop listening.
After hearing rave reviews for this book, I had pretty high expectations. This might explain why I was a little disappointed.
The discussion of humans evolving as runners was fascinating and the accounts of ultra-runners were inspiring, but the gems and insights were hidden within a narrative that was often tedious and unbelievable.
Still, McDougall's account changed my perspective on distance running and that alone made this book a good listen.
Whether you are a runner or not you will enjoy this book. If you dont run it will make you want to start, and if you do, you will be out running more as a result of it. The book is perfectly paced as far as character story vs running history is told and the reading performance was spot on. Well done!
the mix of history, science and the story about the race itself was really well done. It was personal and universal. Deeply interesting topic on so many levels.
How motivating it was for my own running. I now fully believe I can run my first marathon in Nov. I also like parts about the history and science of running. Also the insight into the top runners in the field.
He was great. Nothing to crazy stands out but it was overall very well read.
It made me laugh sometimes, never cry but really it was amazing. I was so sad when it ended.
I really recommend this book.
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The part where Scott's wife and friend are annoying each other while helping him during the Hardrock 100. And the last race, of course.
Wear sunscreen, not expensive running shoes.
I'm listening to it for the the third time as I just went 2, then 3, then 5,5 miles in the last four days. I'm 6'4" 235 lb guy who played tight end/defensive end in college, I'm in law school now and turning 34 soon. Thanks Chris for reminding the hunter in me he loved to run. - Bobby
Tell us about yourself! I listen to books as I quilt. I enjoy historical fiction and some mystery. Some favorite authors are -- Alexander McCall Smith, Jacqueline Winspear.
Yes, already have 3 times and recommended to others
Very interesting about the healthful benefits of running and how running contributes to our well being.
Humans are born to run -- it completes us..... I'm not a runner although I'm seriously considering becoming one.
Having lived in Chihuahua, Mexico for 3+ years in the '90s, I was thrilled at the depiction of the Copper Canyon region and the Tarahumara way of life, despite the descriptions of the many negative impacts the modern world has inflicted on both.
Many times this book made me laugh out loud.
I am not familiar with Fred Sanders but I would definitely seek him out again - a very strong performance.
I was intrigued by the (semi) scientific aspects of the book and was inspired to a) buy my first (but not my only) pair of barefoot shoes and b) to actually run in them... This is also one of the few books which I also own in a paperback version, as after listening to it I wanted a hard copy to refer to.
It's an OK listen but not a great one. To be great it would have had me anxiously waiting for my next chance to listen but that didn't happen. I learned some interesting things about running, Mexico's Copper Canyon & inhabitants but that's about it.
I run to postpone old age more than I run to get a buzz so this review isn't tainted by a dopamine high. The book is rated very highly but I think that's got to be coming from a readership that's been drinking the Kool-Aid as they say or in this case, maybe Gatorade.