Michael D. Taylor
As a very amateur runner, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was captivating, but I also found McDougall's discussions of shoes, running theory, and interpersonal relationships engaging. I didn't appreciate the frequent use of profanity, surely part of McDougall's efforts to make the book "realistic", but totally unnecessary.
I listened to this book non-stop (at every opportunity) until it was done. I was so fascinated! The story was great, the history was great, the facts were interesting. It's a motivational book and appropriate for all readers, especially those with an interest in running.
An Information Systems Analyst involved in setting up new businesses.
This book has caused me to rethink the my entire book rating system. This book serves as a repository for running related science, history and motivating stories with great characters. I have read most of the books on running in Audible now, and this stands ahead of the pack.
This is THE book that every runner, especially new runners should read. In a world of 5 star books this is a 6. This book has taught me more than every other running book combined.
This book is awesome! The narrative style of writing, along with the good research the author used makes you enjoy a good story while you get smarter at the same time. I don't agree with everything the author says, but I give partial credit to this book for running my first half marathon and making homemade running sandals for my boys.
If you're a left wing, business bashing, why can't we all just live in harmony type person, you'll love the book. I found the content nauseating...cannot believe I actually finished it.
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.