I'm giving this book 4 stars, mostly because at the very end he gives some very specific and practical nutrition information and advice. He even mentions some brand names, which a lot of authors seem hesitant to do, but which I find very helpful.
“Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.” C. Jones
The book ranks very high for me because it is a very interesting story and listening to stories is always fun. In this case, it is both informative and inspiring to know what is possible.
There is a part where Rich talks about surrendering to something greater, at the moment when continuing seems impossible. Wow.
No, this is my first.
Rich doesn't know that you can't turn world class athlete from a couch potato in your 40s, so he does it anyway. His secret weapon? Grit and plant based food.
I don't agree with everything the author wrote, but his message is a healthy one and very compelling. Then again nobody agrees about everything. Great listen and very well narrated. Great job.
There's a reason that professionals are paid good money to narrate audiobooks. It's very hard to do well, and most authors who have no training or experience in voice work don't do a very good job of it. Rich Roll puts a great deal of sincerity into his reading of his own book, but he lacks fundamental skills so the listening experience is decidedly uneven. Thus my 3-star performance rating.
On the other hand, for the most part I very much enjoyed the story that Rich Roll told about his own life. I've had my own lifelong struggles with a brain wired for addictive behavior, and though I've been clean and sober for decades, the brain wiring is still there and the work never ends. I got a lot out of listening to Roll tell of his own experiences with alcohol and his journey toward sobriety and recovery, and how becoming (once again) physically active was a powerful force in steering his life onto a healthy and fulfilling track and keeping it there.
Roll's actual ultra experiences made up only perhaps a quarter of the book (not counting the appendices), but it's a rewarding subset and worth waiting for. As this is more the story of his life and how he became the ultra athlete that he is today than it is a strictly ultra-centric book, I had no problem with that and do not see this as a flaw. And when he brings you along on an ultra experience, it's absolutely riveting.
I will mention that while I was intrigued by Roll's choice to eat an entirely plant-based diet -- vegan, though he prefers not to use that term -- the chapter about this got long and started to feel like a slog, and also more preachy than I liked. But it wasn't enough to make me skip to the end of the chapter, so in the end it was forgivable. I also did a fair bit of eye-rolling as his frequent product name-dropping stacked up -- not just brand names but model names, over and over -- a pattern that got very old by the end. Still, this is a nit-pick.
In all, a good book and an adequate listen. I got a lot out of it and am happy to recommend it, with only the minor reservations noted here.
I had assumed that this book was about some regular Joe who had an epiphany and changed his life. I was surprised to learn that the guy had been a top ranked athlete before his becoming a couch potato. With that fact aside, it was a very interesting journey that he had and one has to respect someone who can do endurance sports.
Great book about the struggles of middle age and very similar to Dean Karnak esquiche book Ultra Marathon.
It was a good story, but once was enough.
i couldn't wait for the story to end so i didn't have to hear him anymore.
he was overly dramatic and despondent. It was clear that the mood was lighthearted and he ruined it. he also ended sentences at the wrong times.
Absolutely. A story of triumph, every high school kid in America should listen to or read this book.
The whole thing, I enjoyed it from start to finish.
My 78 year old father recommended Rich's podcast. I very much enjoyed what I listened to so when I found this book on audible I figured I'd give it a shot. After reading one particular bad review I almost decided not to download it. So glad I took a chance, my favorite book on audible.