I had purchesed three or four audio books and Chose Born to Run as the one to listen to as I traveled across several states to the Disney Half Marathon and I was glad I did! My driver wasn't as happy for the sheer lack of conversation because the minute he took a breath I was hitting play. McDougall and Sanders are a winning combination! Some books are a one time deal not this one. I would have to say both the race and the book were well worth the time and money.
The only disappointing part of the book was that it had to end.
I suggest this book to all runners. Gave me somethings to think about and changed my mind: I AM a runner after all, we ALL are!
The book gets into some anthropology and also ultra distance running, also had some entertaining and quirky characters, which were real persons. I enjoyed it but I am a runner and also interested in human evolution, not sure this book would appeal to everyone.
The book has an interesting story to tell, but a complicated one, with various timelines, cultural and biological perspectives, races, characters, etc. I think I would've enjoyed it more if I'd read instead of listened to it, because at some point it was just like "and then there's this amazing runner who was in this amazing race" and I lost track of the connections some times. A small portion of the book was also quite heavy on the biological/physiological aspect of running. I run in my free time and like knowing about the running world and exercise physiology, so if you do too I recommend this book. I'd say it's a max 4-star for non-runners.