Loved this book...Very inspiring. It makes you realize what we are capable of doing if we have the will and desire to do something.
Taste is subjective and reviews vary, but I was surprised to find this a boring read, since I usually am enthralled by this genre -- the novelistic, self-helpish fitness book mixing advice, philosophy, and narration. In this case, I tired of the focus on the wild-n-crazy cast of running rebels, etc., and wished there were more reflective passages, or broader discussions of running in history and physiology. Also, I wanted more on the Tarahumara's history and worldview. The closely narrated description of the many races in the novel bored me.
I wanted some inspiration and was impressed by all the positive reviews but it's a weird story and does nothing to inspire. I'm pretty sure everyone who reviewed this audiobook must have either been paid or are family members. Isn't a cadaver a dead body? WTF?
I like running and in reading this book, I thought I was going to find out about how to run better or at least I thought that I was going to read a good story about a hidden tribe. None of this matterialised. The book drifts on and on with no focus and no real story to tell. I didn't finish it. Quite boring after a while, even though it was exciting for the first 2-3 hours... Pity!
I am not a "runner", walking and jogging are enough for me, but I really enjoyed this book and learned a few things about running.
This book had great potential but really gets off track, especially two thirds in. Most of the story is third-hand and does not spend enough time on the actual purported subject of the book.
Super athletes is perhaps to far of an adjective...but every one is entitled to his/her opinion
It is hard to know where the exaggeration begins and ends... Shorting out a car engine because a live crab was thrown under the hood... lifeguards running naked on a family beach and some how not getting fired... running 30 miles at night with nothing but fruit and nuts to eat... drinking to the point of sickness the night before a marathon... the list goes on and is too much.
I am a runner but did not find this book to be very inspirational, but instead rather boring.
I have purchased 840 Audible books in the past 5 years or so. I have listened to approximately 250 so far. Some I loved, some I liked and a few I hated and a few I hated with a passion.
This one I hated more than I can properly explain. I'll try. It did not have one believable character. They were all so "over the top" it was stupid.
And the story line was about everything I hate. Running made easy......really? I jogged for years in my younger days and It hurt. Running barefoot for miles and miles. I would rather be beat with a Cat-o'-nine-tails.
Some of the books I've listened to I can't even remember the plot, but this one I can't forget and want to very badly. It puts me in a bad mood every time I think about it.
I wouldn't do it, but I'd like to beat the crap out of the author.
I admit, I have listened only to about 20 minutes of this, but I am growing increasingly unhappy with the book. I hope it improves. If am going to believe anything this author writes, I need to have faith that he knows what he's talking about. So far, he's presented me with inaccurate historical facts and extremely biased, one-sided depictions of human physiology. These are just the things I've noticed: what other things might be slipping by because I just don't know any better?
Mistake #1: he writes that the Inquisition invented the bastinado. That's factually wrong. Second, he goes on and on about how the human body is not meant for running . . . depending on who you ask, this also is (arguably) factually wrong. (A recent article in the NY Times, in fact, argues that the human body is DESIGNED to run). Perhaps the book later will present the case for how SOME humans have learned to adapt to the act of running, but right now I am distracted by his incredibly skewed depiction of the sport as an unnatural activity, guaranteed to produce chronic injury and pain.
Disclaimer: I am an avid runner and have been running consistently since high school (which was more than 20 years ago). I was looking forward to learning more about my chosen sport, but so far I feel like *I *know MORE than the author does both about history in general (i.e., the bastinado) and about running and its associated physiology. I hope Christopher McDougall steps up his game as the book continues, because right now, I'm regretting this Audible download.
If I can come back and revise this review after I finish the book, I will try to do so.