I absolutely loved listening to this book. I was actually sad when it was over! The narrator was excellent and the story was fascinating and inspirational.
I really enjoyed this book at many levels. I found the core story of McDougall and the race very interesting, and the side material about the development of the "running Man" theory very interesting (but I am admittedly into science books and stories as a former biohemist, so not everyone migth find this as intersting). I have spoken to a few others who found McDougall's style a bit plodding, and I found some segments a bit long, but overall, the message and tone of the book is great, and I consider it a very worthy listen. And afterwards, you will probably do as I did, and throw out your Nikes, and buy a pair of Five Fingers. :^)
being a runner and in search of being a better one, and having been to Mexico's Copper Canyon, and having met Micah (one of the main characters) there, it's no surprise this book really spoke to me. it's fun (the story of the race), informative (about human evolution, body mechanics and running), and very enjoyable. I bought copies for all my runner friends.
This is a very easy read (listen). Narration was clear and with emotion. Book was motivational and made me want to train for an ultra marathon.
I have seen some complaints that there was too much on bare foot running, but it fit in with the over all theme of the book, and the author makes a point.
The only thing that I found wanting is that I enjoyed it so much, I wanted an epilogue to tell me what happened to the characters.
Great book from start to finish. Narrator added the icing to this cake! I didn't want the book to end and ended up finding actual pictures of the participants in the race as well as some of the original articles from the author on the web. What an inspirational story.
Great story and very thought provoking. I laughed a lot while listening to this book and it makes me want to run real distance.