From start to finish, this book was fascinating to me. It read like a novel and I never for even one second was bored. The narrator is excellent in tone, pace and I couldn't have asked for better. I am almost through listening to it for a second time. There is so much to be learned here, as well as simply a wonderfully told story.
Yes I would. There is so much to learn and be reminded of. It really teaches you a lot about the human race. You learn that there are many ways to live and western civilizations don't do everything correctly. There is a lot more to living than just our daily routines. Listen to the book! It is worth it.
I don't think he is a great novel writer. He writes the book as if it were a lot of newspaper articles. The book jumps around a lot, but at the end of the day what you learn trumps the way it is written. Also, it is still very intriguing.
Yes. It is a good story, but the foul language and sensationalism make recommendations conditional.
Most interesting aspects were the hidden tribe idea and and the whole concept of running such great distances. I had never heard of either of these, and I found it intriguing. Since I live within a couple of hours of one of the annual races, I am thinking seriously of going to the finish line this year.
The budding sport of ultra-marathon running.
McDougall's writing is sensational. He sensationalizes everything in the story, from personalities and food to particular races and theories. More notably, he pictures all ultra-marathon racers as kind of crazy, reports theories like evolution, running bare foot, and human bio-mechanical design like they are hard facts, and describes race courses as nearly impossible. The sensationalizing starts on the first paragraph and continues until the end. To listen, I had to get past it, and I must say I kind of enjoyed it then. The text is full of F bombs and some other obscenities. It detracted from the story as far as I was concerned.
For me, running is an impossibility. What I can do is tell everyone I know that this is a great story. Well written, right on narration. Pretty soon I'll have it memorized!
This was an amazing book that I originally chanced upon in Barnes and Noble a few months before I joined audible. I was enthralled at the bookstore, but didn't have the cash to buy so I had to walk away and by the time I returned it was not there anymore. Luckily I chanced upon it in audible while book hunting and immediately bought it. Even still, I had a hard time getting into it originally because I had read enough and had already attributed "voices" to the characters. I was going to put it down, so to speak, but by then my gf had started listening to it and said that it was really good so I gave it another shot. Sure enough as soon as I got past the point I had originally stopped at on paperback I became fascinated by the story. It was beautifully written with stories within stories that unfolded magnificently into a real life suggestion to improving how one lives. I didn't expect it to be that kind of book and was pleased to find that how the author wrote the book wasn't preachy or quick fixes, but simply a lesson learned that was turned into a story. Everything was supported by facts and testimonials and all of this was so well embedded into the story that seemed to be more of sparkling embellishment then the actual point itself. Give it a listen.
Caballo Blanco of course!! The narrator captured this character the best.
all of the stories within the book had some truly moving point. That is what made it so good.
I started listening to this while training for a half marathon. I was sick of my standard playlist and wanted something new.
This book does not disappoint. It is motivational and makes you want to get up and start running!
I had a really tough time getting in to this. It kind of droned on without going anywhere. I have read some good reviews on this but it was not for me.
It passionately goes through the style of running and details many of the important issues in a clear manner. As well as going through an amazing story.
The descripitions of early human running = D Fascinating
If you want a book that makes you want to finish the chapter then run further than you ever have. Here it is.
Say something about yourself!
It did inspire me to get back outside and run. I have also started running barefoot. We'll see how that works out. :)
This is one of the BEST books I've ever read/listened to. I feel so informed and it was such a pleasure - both the thoroughly engaging story, and the excellent narration: enthusiastic without being overly energetic or annoying. As if the narrator is as enthralled as the listener - just excellent.
You won't be disappointed - even if you are not athletic!