Was a good story, cheesy though the dialogue, and I found myself ready for it to end. Overall I enjoyed it, but wouldn't listen to again. The voice over guy got pretty tiresome, although that may have just been the content he had to work with.
Fascinating book for runners and non-runners alike. For the former-- seriously inspirational and motivational. For all--full of gripping characters, a great story-line, interesting scientific/evolutionary explanations for humans and their need to run. All around, multi-faceted, excellent story-telling. You won't be able to stop listening.
I am not even a runner and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The research that this author did with the tribe from Mexico was exemplary. Fascinating information on how the running shoe industry has pulled the wool over consumers worldwide by promoting running shoes that actually cause more injuries than they prevent. Get this book, you'll love it.
Say something about yourself!
thats all i can say really.. trippy.. i did some research myself after this book.. it was good.
I had heard some good things about this book. I was disappointed with the sophomoric writing style. The awkward subtitle is the first clue to the bad writing. Everything has to be larger-than-life. As the book was being read, it sounded like every sentence ended with an exclamation point. I was hoping for a thoughtful science-based analysis of the merits of barefoot running. Instead, 2/3 of the book is spent describing, in hyperbolic fashion, the crazy personalities involved in the field. When the book finally gets to more hard science, the author pushes theories as if they were established fact (such as the basis for accelerated cerebral growth in modern humans).
The reading was mediocre, but obviously limited by the source material.
I don't know how much of this story actually took place but I don't care. I feel like I learned something and I'm totally inspired. One of my favorite audio books!
McDougall's book is part whodunnit, part national geographic expedition, part "Rocky" ...and a completely enjoyable read (and listen). The narration is solid and McDougall's prose is immediately engaging. I have recommended this book to many folks and all have loved it.
How often can you say that a book changed your life? For me, only one has -- this one. While I had started down the path of barefoot running before I read this book, this book has firmly set my course. Christoper McDougall has created a wonderful story from true events so riveting you'd swear this was fiction. By the middle of the book, I was already anxious to listen again, and so I did. I can only wish for a movie or documentary to reinforce the great information and drama this book provides.
Most of the reviews of this audio book were very positive, but the few negative reviews made me hesitate to get it. I didn't want to spend 10+ hours listening to a load of 'barefoot' running propaganda or for-me-useless ultra-running advice. I run, but 10Ks not 160Ks and in shoes! In the end I decided to get it, but to listen to it like it was a fictional story, and well if anything struck me as true or useful then I'd accept that and just enjoy the rest as a story. And oh my, I am so, so, SO glad I did!
From the get go, I forgot all about trying to not take it as factual or not, I was so enthralled by the amazing story. First off, and to my surprise, the ultra-runners were just fascinating to me, the races, the personalities, the adventures. The first half of the book is mostly taken up with the story of ultra-runners and their races. The second half is a mix of the big race, plus a whole of of talk about the evolution of the human body and running. The evidence presented is fascinating, and the barefoot argument, although definitely a major point in this part of the book, is far from being the main point, which is that we are evolved to run long distances, and when nowadays we do it fulfills in us some deep innate need. For instance, did you know some animals can't breath while they're running, most can only take one breath per stride, and humans alone can take as many breaths as they want per stride? That's just one fact that you will learn from this book. And even the most sceptical listener will end up convinced that we are literally born to run.
Finally, and well in an audio book, an important aspect, is the reading. Again fantastic! Fred Sanders, has a sort of nice level of enthusiasm in his voice, fits the text perfectly without getting annoying. His timing, speed and intonation are perfect. I just could not stop listening and in spite of my initial hesitations this book has radically changed how I run and how I feel about running, and yes I'm an
I am not a runner, but married to a marathoner. Bought him the hardcopy book and got intrigued reading the 1st few pages. Bought the audio version for myself and found it fascinating. It covers such a wide variety of running subjects. Have several friends who have run the Leadville 100, so found that subject expecially interesting. A must for runners--and their faithful supporters!