I listened to this while training for my second marathon after a long injury-induced hiatus from running. I found the book and stories inspiring, and definitely would recommend for anyone looking to improve their attitude towards running.
This was my first audio book and it spoiled me. Taken, I am a runner...the topic appeals to me. But, overall, this is just a great story for anyone who likes learning about different cultures and sub-cultures. The narration is great...not boring or annoying for one second. The story is engaging. Great for anyone interested in running, adventure, cultures, lifestyles etc. Very good.
I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
The authors candor.
The descriptions of all the super-athletes and their unique personalities.
Born to Run
This book was one of those that I made excuses to listen to and never wanted to turn it off. My husband, who was not interested in the topic and is not a runner, felt the same way and was actually so inspired by this book that he is finally going to start doing some barefoot running with me!
I listened to this audiobook with my two children (16 years old and 12 years old) as we drove around to their soccer practices, games, tournaments, etc. We spend a lot of time in the car, and audiobooks are a great way for us to "read" books together like we did when they were younger. There were a few scenes and references that weren't completely appropriate for children, but overall it was a great family book and I would recommend it for teens and older.
My criticism: sometimes the writing was overly romanticized and hyperbolic, especially about the Tarahumara people. My mom is from Chihuahua (we have been to many of the places where the race took place!), and we have Tarahumara (Raramuri) blood. I think readers need to be able to overlook/understand the perspective in which this was written in order to "buy in" to the narrative. I find myself recommending the book, but with the caveat that though there are insights into the Raramuri, and they are significant in the book, it is all from an outsider's perspective. Wouldn't it be amazing to read their perspectives and hear their stories? But, that would be another book...
That said, the narrative and information are really engaging, interesting, and motivational! My kids wanted to continue listening in order to follow the narrative of the great race, but by listening to all of it, they are now hooked on running! Needless to say, they are among the throngs of readers/listeners of this book who have been inspired to run. Plus, we all learned a lot and they definitely feel like they are part of a running culture now. There's no downside to that!
My title says it all...I almost stopped listening several times because of the offensive language.
...but I still enjoyed this book. Surprisingly he goes deep into a lot of the physiology around our feet, running, etc. McDougal is largely searching for answers as to why so many seemingly healthy modern runners suffer so many feet and leg related injuries. He ultimately answers his own question by piecing together other people’s research and years of observations; some of which goes back to the dawn of mankind.
Ive listened to this book several times and I find Fred Sanders narration to be excellent.
This book brings out all that is good about running, camaraderie, compassion, commitment and weaves in a great story as well. It even inspired me to add some miles to weekly running schedule, so its all good.
Listen and Enjoy !
I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this book. I use it to motivate me to get off the couch, I fall asleep to it at night. It helps me eat healthier, but I still haven't found any Pinole where I live. Maybe some day it will even help me to run a marathon....or beat a horse in a hundred mile race...well alright it might not be that good. I don't think it's normal to listen to it as many times as I have but it's a crazy good read.
Very, very informative and entertaining listen. I play squash and have always purchased cheap running shoes. Not sure I do this for the right reasons, but glad that I do.