This book single-handedly made me want to run. I am 31 and had never run more than 2k at a time in my life - and I hated every second of it. Now I'm running at least 3 times a week. I ran 2 miles yesterday and actually enjoyed it.
I learned so much from this book it was amazing one of the best books I listened to in a long time. The story line, the details, the people in the story are all amazing. In fact, I'm ordering an signed copy from the author -- it will be a book I treasure for years to come.
I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was quite interesting especially the anthropologic evidence that man is 'born to run'. The narrator was perfect for this book. Even non-runners (such as myself) will enjoy this.
NV, not NY
This book is spreading like the minumalist footwear it touts throughout the running community. Besides the audible copy, I bought three hardcovers and gave them away. In turn the recipients have read them and passed them on. My brother, who is not a runner, loved the book and was inspired enough to change his footwear and hit the trails.
Great stories, a store of current and historic knowledge, and truckloads of inspiration.
I've listened to this twice already, I'm thinking about a third, even with books like "Confessions," and "The Karamazov Brothers" in my queue. Not only is this book about running, it's a thoughtful look into our past as a people. McDougall interlaces his story with history so well that it's almost seamless. The narration is also spot on, pleasant to listen to and a good pronunciation of Spanish. Overall one of my top 10 books
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
I read this book at the right time when I'm struggling with running. With complete background of running history with humans and a great story along, the author describes group of people and their past and how it all boils down to this one uber race. I have been reccommending this book to all my friends halfway into the book. Even though it's a bit documentar-ish, it is very captivating and keeps you interested through out. A great book to how and why we should run and how some new inventions have replaced what nature intended. A must read for non fiction readers and fiction lovers would like this too.
I run, a lot, so this book was right up my interest and keep me motivated. The narration was good so this is a solid recommendation. The story was funny, interesting and keep me coming back to more.
I absolutely loved listening to this book. I was actually sad when it was over! The narrator was excellent and the story was fascinating and inspirational.