First of all, let me say that it is nearly impossible to listen to this book and not be motivated to buy a pair of less cushioned running shoes and set out for a 100 mile trail run. As was my experience, you probably won't get very far, but the motivation factor with every minute of audio crescendos constantly.
Highly educational and amazing to learn that a super-athlete tribe such as the Hara Kumara (sp) could have been overlooked and gone under the radar for so long. This audiobook also provides great insights into the world of ultra-running in general.. the pains, rewards, and excruciatingly arduous time and effort required.
I am a horrible book reader but audible has changed my life. I now feel like I have access to what the "smart people" know. I also have a new level of confidence based on my new knowledge.
If you haven't seen the TED presentation by Chris McD, this might be a good book.
Have more interesting content around running barefoot. In His TED presentation, I was glued to my computer. In the book, he spoke about people who I never really connected with. I almost felt like I was being forced to care.
I kept listening because I thought he was going to get to more of the interesting running unknowns. However, this book never reveals anything more than what was in his TED presentation.
Caballo blanco, Jen, bone head. A chapter dedicated to Jen background never became interesting and I never felt connected. He did a good job of making the white horse mysterious but I lost interest in him and when more humanizing aspects of him were revealed, I didn't care and didn't connect.
I hated to give your book a 1 star. Your TED presentation was so great that I told everyone I knew about it. I wanted more, so I bought your book. My advice is that you have figured out to make an extremely compelling case for running barefoot, now figure out how to make a compelling case to care about your characters.
This was groundbreaking work and you have undoubtedly make $millions. I wish I had known about this when I competitively ran.
While I have not run out and joined ultra-marathoning like most people who've read this book, I can confirm I have tried on some "barefoot" running shoes and am contemplating dipping my toes in the water and drinking the "barefoot running" Kool-Aid. I love non-fiction. I love good story-telling. I love science. This book was the trifecta of all three.
Always thought of running as a chore. This great book changed that. A wonderful combination of a good story and important information.
This book tells the tale of a man on a search for the perfect run... it's amusing, inspiring and motivating. I really enjoyed it. I also think it would be a great book for a non-runner looking for motivation and an amusing tale.
One problem, though. The author really thinks himself a WRITER, complete with overuse of metaphors. It became a little annoying, but I'm willing to blame that on me being much too picky.
I like stories about non-mainstream people and thinking and this is certainly one. Particularly in the early days of ultra marathoning, ideas and notions about what was possible seemed to be just forming. I appreciated the references to barefoot running - such as the idea that running team's injuries increased with "better" shoes. And the stories about the tribes and what factors contributed to making them great runners and how changes in their culture affected this.
I never read the print. N/A
A couple parts. The race a Leadville was very suspensful, but I would say Chapter 21 when McDougal gets into the history of the running shoe and the anatomy of the foot really drove message home for me.
Very expressive in portraying multiple characters as well as the humor in some of the delivery. He seemed very capable of conveying the authors thoughts and intentions.
It made me change the way I run. It made me think.
This book started a movement but it's more than just a passing fad. Learning what your body is capable of and how, for the most part, we've been duped into buying foot casts for the better part of 40 years, is mind boggling. Through first hand accounts and scientific data, Christopher MCDougal weaves a tremendous story of our natural and human desire to run. This desire has been drained from us by shoe companies promising a comfortable ride. In the end we have become a nation of injuries waiting to happen. It's time to get back to our roots and run the way we we've evolved to run. I recommend this book to everyone.
Classics, productivity, travel, beach culture, family, languages, learning,sports
Yes, great story and well read.
What a fantastic thirst for life these people have.
Fred is awesome. Probably the best narrarator I have heard so far.
Just couldnt wait for my commute to begin.
I think this book could spark profound changes with people who need that little push to do something spectacular.
A 30 Year old male with interests in Media, Digital Art, online businesses and running
the description of the characters is amazing, you like the characters without meeting them.
I think the reader brings a lot of passion into the reading of this book. his tone of voice helps set the mood right for the scenes depicted in this book
It made me change my perception of human limits, I run 5 Km daily after reading this book I decided to increase my runs to 10 Km daily. and was able to do it. Got me to start exploring barefoot running.
Well written and insperational...........................
Narrative put you into the story and was very beliveable........
How to always keep going.........................