I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]
I love this book. I listen to it all the time. Just turn it on in the middle somewhere and it's good listening. Inspirational also. I broke out my running shoes for the first time in 5 or 6 years and went for a nice run with my daughter.
The characters are all interesting and the way the story weaves back and forth is most entertaining. Several times I would arrive at my destination after listening while driving and just sit and listen for a few more minutes because it so good. I've listened to it once and I am working my way through it for the second time. I highly recommend it!
Could not be a better blend of the adventure, history, and science of running! If you want to read a book about running that keeps your interest throughout, look no further!
whether you are a life long runner like me, or just interested in the fascinating story of the evolution of humans into the most efficient runners in the world, this has to rank among the top 10 books I've ever encountered. Christopher McDougal is incredibly talented at taking a subject that could be considered mundane (running) and making it into a story you just can't "put down." Kudos to both the author and the reader.
A good book. Very interesting plot line. Combination of technical, physiological, and entertainment issues. Learned quite a lot about ultra runners.
Awesome, front to back, top to bottom. Narrator was superb. Story was so enthralling by the end I felt like I knew each character on a personal level. Made me want to get out and run! A must listen for any outdoor enthusiast.
If you do not run better, faster, longer, healthier than ever before after reading (listening) to this book, then you are trying too hard. Throw away your running shoes and injuries and run like you were always meant to. It's easy. GREAT BOOK!!!!!
It doesn't matter if you consider the act of running for the sake of running completely asinine, you will want to run by the time you are half-way through. This book reveals how those crazy running-addicted folks actually get themselves to do it everyday. It's about the beauty of running. He also really did his research and pulled together the history of running shoes (and their deleterious effects on running form), the anthropology of running, and a bunch of really great stories! This book will bring alive in you the need to just get out the door and run for the sake of running. I used to listen to music to distract myself from the run. Now I can't stand having music because I miss out on the beauty of it...sounds corny, but it's true. Enjoy!
This book probably doesn't need another review but here goes anyway. I have been a runner for about 10 years now and any book on the subject will catch my eye. This one took me by surprise as it is a mix of runner's lore and a good yarn. You can't help but get a little caught up in the enthusiasm of the whole thing. I have to say I did feel that the Tarahumara tribe was a total fabrication - they sounded way too implausible. I would recommend this book to non-runners. It is by no means a "how to" book and gives a very good insight into the bewildering world of the ultra-runner. One of the few audiobooks I would consider listening to again.
While I do enjoy cycling, I am not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Perhaps I enjoyed it in part because I had no preconceptions or biases, but I would wager that just about anyone would enjoy this provocative look into a concept that few athletes would dare to dream: barefoot running. Definitely a stimulating and interesting read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how enjoyable this book would be to a non-runner, but as a marathoner, it was a great addition to my long runs. Filled with stories, anecdotes and interesting information, it is quite humbling!!!!A must read if you are a runner.