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.
I really enjoyed this book at many levels. I found the core story of McDougall and the race very interesting, and the side material about the development of the "running Man" theory very interesting (but I am admittedly into science books and stories as a former biohemist, so not everyone migth find this as intersting). I have spoken to a few others who found McDougall's style a bit plodding, and I found some segments a bit long, but overall, the message and tone of the book is great, and I consider it a very worthy listen. And afterwards, you will probably do as I did, and throw out your Nikes, and buy a pair of Five Fingers. :^)
being a runner and in search of being a better one, and having been to Mexico's Copper Canyon, and having met Micah (one of the main characters) there, it's no surprise this book really spoke to me. it's fun (the story of the race), informative (about human evolution, body mechanics and running), and very enjoyable. I bought copies for all my runner friends.