I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
For a blend of entertaining story telling, valuable insights, and motivation, this is a solid performance. If you're listening while driving, make sure your running shoes are in the car because you'll probably pull over and start running at some point. I roughly doubled my weekly mileage after listening to this book. Karnazes is an entertaining story teller who's put up the miles and experience to have some great stories to tell.
Sticking with the genre, probably only second to Born To Run in my eyes and even that is a close race.
Probably the most entertaining moment, which is told at two points in the story, was Karnazes calling for a pizza delivery in the middle of nowhere at midnight somewhere in Napa Valley. When he goes on to explain how he'd eat while running I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard at the visualization.
Laughed so hard I nearly had to pull over while driving with the visuals. Karnazes includes enough details to draw a picture in your head of the whole scene.
Karrnazes is an incredibly gifted runner and while he downplays this by talking about how he dropped the sport for 15 years between high school and age 30, the book really does provide a lot of motivation for those of us who are less physiologically endowed. Running is such a universal experience that I find it hard to believe anyone wouldn't be inspire to lace up their shoes after giving this a listen.
Inspiring - astounding - awesome!
Have Dean Karnazes narrate the book! I didn't notice it while listening using headphones. However while listening thru the speaker I became aware of the narrator doing something like licking his lips at the start of sentences. Some wet lip sound. Once I became aware of that it was all that I could hear and I almost didn't finish listening to the book.
Yes altho I didn't have time to.
Yes, I would absolutley recommend this book to all of my running friends. We've all gotten too accustomed to the 5k or 10k run. Even those of us who have conquered the marathon seem to be preprogrammed to stop when the race is over. What if we just kept on running? Dean's book gives us some insight into that "what if" question.
Dean Karnazes comes across as if he could be any one of us. He's just a regular guy, well, sort of.
First time I've listened to James Yaegashi. He did an excellent job. No complaints what-so-ever. I'll be loooking forward to his next narration!
Almost made me laugh myself off of the tread-mill a couple of times.
Listening to this book seems to give you license to remove the mental limits to what you can achieve in a pair of running shoes!
This book is entertaining, fun, pleasant to listen to and passionate. Karnazes expresses intense passion sometimes that catches you by surprise, which adds a lot of depth. If you are looking for deep lessons of society, good and evil, state and human nature, listen to something like War & Peace, but if you are able to appreciate simple truths, heart-felt expression, lessons on never giving up on your dreams and having the kind of attitude that fosters success against immeasurable odds, this book is for you.
This book gives all perspective on what a human can accomplish if they want to try hard enough. This example leans heavily on physical accomplishment but can be taken as inspiration toward any achievement.
Dean's ability to write about something he loves as well as inspire the common man. You could argue that Dean has a special physical gift but more likely he has an ability to use his brain and his heart to achieve what most would not dare to do. I also like Dean's strong relationship with his family and is desire to help others while doing something he truly loves.
I did not feel like I was being read to but more that a story was being told to me. Some of the pauses were a bit long but once I got used to that all was great.
Not sure if I'd consider the audio edition of Ultramarathon Man better than the print version since I haven't read the print version.
My favorite character, of course, was Dean since the book is all about him. :)
I thought the man, James Yaegashi, who read the book did a great job of making the book come alive (if it's possible to make running through the desert, mountains, Antarctica, etc. any more exciting).
If I were to make a film of this book, the tag line would be... "One mans journey running further than he ever dreamed possible making youself question, 'Can I run farther, pushing myself beyond what I think is possible?'"
The only disappointing about this book was how quickly it ended. I devoured this book in the span of 2 and a half days! A GREAT, inspirational, easy read (or is it listen?)!
Reading this book while sitting down in a chair is just wrong. The only way to do justice to it is to listen to it while moving. I loved every second of it.
Dean Karnazaes is a character that amazes me.
They did make it. It was the section of the movie Forrest Gump where he runs until he gets kinda tired.
It's an entertaining story. I thought it was pretty cool for someone to run so many ultramarathons starting in his 30's. It gave me hope to pick up running again.
Dean Karnazes was so full of himself in parts of the story that the material could be considered for a very funny SNL skit. If this book turns you off of ultramarathon running, you should pick up a copy of
Give Me More
Born to Run; a friend told me Ultra Marathon Man was better, he was right.
Running around the world naked.
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