McDougall no. Sanders yes. I really dont go for fiction and I honestly had to check twice if it was non fiction. It reminded me of my drunk uncles fishing stories. Colorful, fun and creative and based on some real facts yet ginned up for dramatic sake I am a life long runner and was excited to to read a book about distance running. The story is melded with some science and history of running. Characters were well developed. The non linear writing style appeals to me. Much of the book seems to be promoting minimal running shoes and the copper canyon running event.
McDougall references science and running experts to promote his idea, and cites resume and accomplishments of individuals. Then he goes on about Nike being the evil of running and in particular founder / coach bill Bowerman. He denigrates Bowerman as sort of a greed motivated coach who knew little about running. This was very dishonest journalism regardless of whether or not you love or hate Nike or what you think of Bowerman. as for Bowerman coach at University of Oregon his accomplishments stand for themselves, he is a snippet of what McDugall conveniently omitted. "Over his career, he trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 24 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers"
I really liked much of the book, it gives a very limited perspective of Ultra running. And the use of Hyperbole is just too much for me to give this more than 3 stars.
Im sure it will want to go out and run and some valuable tools and knowledge can be gleaned from the book.
Reminds me of 3 cups of tea, kind of felt sad that the author couldnt write the story with Authenticity.
The story of Human Language
the south African guy following the tribe about doing research.
yep...of course. it would appeal to anyone who bought Shape up shoes. made for TV .
What could be a more boring book than one about people who run super long distances? Don't buy this book unless you are a runner with an unusual fascination with other people's running feats.
Narration was okay. Would be nice if the narrator could mimic voices.
I lost 11 hours of my life that I'll never get back after listening to this lame book.
Bought this book to use credits. Got one of my favorite books of all time. Part collection of some of the eccentric characters that seem to be prevalent in ultra marathoning, part ultra marathon history, part lesson in the science of running. Stars of the show are the Tarahumaras of the Mexican Sierra Madre, a close community famous for running and their out of control corn beer infused parties. Barefoot Ted, Czech running revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Billy and Jen, the hard partying former lifeguard couple, and Caballo Blanco are other characters that make this book a fun read/ listen
As a former runner, I related to everything in this book. It has modivated me to get back out on the road. Very entertaining, very informative.
What I loved best was how the author interspersed the stories of the "Running People" with his own personal athletic history, evolution, biology, and the history of modern athletic consumer products. This book was so fascinating to me, I have been driving my husband and friends crazy by repeatedly sharing things I've learned from the book.
I am not an avid runner, but it certainly inspired me to want to take off my shoes and run through the woods.
I have not read the print version of the book, but there are not charts referenced or a lot of statistics to come back to so I don't think the print version would be better or worse than the print version. I found the book so motivational and interesting that I listened to it while running, which would not be possible for me in print version.
The book did a very nice job of mixing in several different stories as well as research information. Informative and entertaining.
The narrator does a good job. He differentiates voices enough so it is easy to differentiate who is speaking and gives them a little extra character.
It's a long enough title already. Doesn't need another one :).
This was a great book. I have been a jogger / marathoner for 5 years and this book has inspired me in a way other articles and books have not to hit the pavement more frequently and feel better about the time I devote to running.
It's up at the top. I haven't listened to a whole lot of audiobooks yet, but I just finished Born To Run yesterday, and today I started it over again. That says something, right? (PS. So far I've given high ratings in my reviews to pretty much everything I'd listened to. The reason behind this is that I spend a lot of time looking for the audiobooks, and if I don't like something I don't even finish it.)
The final race. The narration of the race takes up the last hour of the audiobook. That hour just flew by!
Sanders gave a voice to even the non-talkative Tarahumara. I can't quite explain what I mean by this, you'll just have to hear it for yourself. I would listen to Fred Sanders again, he has a very pleasant voice and does a great job reading throughout the whole book.
It definitely made me laugh. It also made me think about things I've never even considered before. It made me feel nostalgic for something I have never even experienced.
I don't know why I'd waited so long to read this book. Probably because of the subject, as I'm not terribly interested in running or ultramarathons. I do love a good human triumph story, and this fits the bill. I got involved on a level I had not expected.
it's true story.
The most memorable moments is obviously a last part where race began and end. However I also really likes finding about running shoes and scientific analysis of running.
Ted - the bear foot guy.
No initially but once I started yes.
Books like these always remind us that, in life there are more then one dimensions and meanings out there that dose not required money and materials, still give us so much joy.
The characters were my favorite, I fell in love with each of them. They are just regular folks like you or I. Anyone can do great things.
My favorite character would be Jenn Shelton. I love her careless, and beautifully reckless demeanor. I admire her tenacity, I almost remember a younger version of myself that was easily seen in her. She has a fearlessness about her that any mother would want for their own daughter.
This is my first. I think he was entertaining and kept my total attention the entire book.
I read this book while I ran a mountainous trail in my little valley where I reside. I laughed repeatedly, cried on a few occasions...the other runners passing me surely thought I was nuts :)
This book has inspired me, and changed my life. A must read for anyone looking for a simple way to change their outlook on life, and how it can be so simple and easy to improve your life from multiple aspects, just by hearing one mans adventure.
I listened to this book and loved it so much, I went out to buy a hard copy.
The whole book inspired me to not only get out and do something, but to try and live a more simple life.
Listening to the book enabled me to know how to pronounce the names of the people involved and the name of the tribe.
This book changed my life and inspired me to do more than sit around and watch other people live on TV. Knowing that the characters are real people made a huge difference to me.