I have wasted 2 hours of my time with that book. I do not see anything "amazing", "essential for runners", "inspiring" etc. in the first 2 hours of the book. First hours of the book do not contain any scientific facts or valuable ideas; the book is just a fairytale full of mysticism.
I was a ten mile a day runner until I had kids and then suffered an injury, listening to this story gives me inspiration to try to build up my miles again!!!!
This was a gem of writing and storytelling. I am not a runner, but I savored every second of this book. A+ writing. A+ narration. A+ story. It doesn't get much better. If you tend to like Bill Bryson's books, this will most likely appeal to you.
This book has had a huge impact on my life. I've run in fits and starts throughout my life, usually to be slowed down or sidetracked by a range of injuries. Having converted to minimalist shoes and changed the way I've run after reading this about 2 years ago, I've been running faster and farther than I could have ever imagined. A phenomenal read...
Much like a trail run, this book meanders through a winding path with ups and downs. I listened while running and while driving. I felt much closer to the story while running.
There were so many stories that were part of the larger story that I would sometimes lose track of the characters. But, like losing my bearings on a trail, I would always find my way back to the main story.
I found the sections about the dangers of running shoes intriguing. I had dismissed this before as a faddish notion but the author made me value this opinion and I intend to explore it further.
The stories of ultrarunners were more interesting to me than the jaunts into shoe talk and biological history. The characters were varied and the build up to the end of the story seemed to come out of nowhere but had just the right pace and stride to enjoy the end of the journey.
Nothing can ruin an audio book faster than a bad narrator. The narrator in this book is excellent and engaging. I was very happy with this production.
The book itself was very inspiring. I met Scot Jurek at Badwater a few years ago... what an awesome dude! If you like running, or history this is going to be a book you want to read.
I was reading this book and couldn't put it down but had chores, so I downloaded the audiobook. The reader sounds like he's reading a children's book. This is a great book, not just for runners, but I'd stick with the paper copy.
I have listened to this book over and over again - it is filled with information that will change the way you think about running & movement. It's a great story, but the facts about the history of running shoes has forever changed the way I think about - well, shoes. I no longer replace my hiking/running shoes at the recommended 500 miles - I literally wear them out now - and my feet are happy!! This book also introduced me to 5 fingers - best shoes ever!
Just a great informative, information packed book!!
I highly recommend it.
I was very interested in the ideas about running, but the story line was weak and maybe just a tad too juvenile for me.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
I was about to give up on running when I happened upon a this well written and capably narrated audiobook. A former marathoner, I'd spent the last year recovering from a painful and persistent series of foot injuries uncannily similar to the author's. Listening to the eccentrencities of American trail runners and the inspiring story of remote Mexican tribal runners sure got my running mojo back, but I remain unconvinced of the benefits of barefoot running and minimalist shoes. Sorry, but even my slow, footsore 50 year old body has beat much younger runners in Vibrams. The premise that all of us are evolutionarily wired and "born to run" from our history as endurance hunters is fascinating. However, while peer reviewed research supporting cushioned running shoes is lacking, so too is any organized research effort supporting barefoot and minimalist shoe running. Hopefully, the Vibram and barefoot fad will be replaced by solid research in biomechanics to design shoes and therapies that are truly effective for injury prevention and not just a full page ad of made-up technohype in "Runner's World." It's not just the runners of the world who need this but also the multitudes of us who are on our feet much of the day who eventually sustain a foot injury. At any rate, I'm out running again and having a heck of a good time imagining chasing a mastadon with the rest of my prehistoric tribe. For that, and my return to running, I am grateful to Mr. McDougall.