I have to agree with others that the narration left much to be desired but usually when confronted with this type of problem I find if the message is worthy then I can usually ignore any shortcomings in narration and that was the case with this book. But for some it may be too much.
Nevertheless the story is a sincere account of a man who lost his way during midlife but found it again through endurance sports. I am sure there are many similar stories but with different means to the same end. Autobiographies like this are often uplifting and this one is no exception. For sporty types it will certainly inspire many. In my case I was already well into much of what Rich Roll is advocating so the impact personally was minimal but it will be life changing for some.
Part autobiography, part endurance training manual and part nutrition guide I was a little surprised to see so many genres in one tome. I probably would have written three separate books and who knows Rich Roll may eventually do that?
I love a classic story of overcoming and this is such a story. Sure, he clearly had some innate talent but it doesn't diminish the accomplishments. The narration was slooooooow. I almost quit listening even though I was enjoying the book overall - and then I found the X2 button. Whew!
A very inspiring books initially and like many autobiographies a story of triumph over adversity. As the book progressed through to his veganism and his rational for choosing this lifestyle I thought I could see how this might work. The insights into his training were helpful and made sense. Then we come to the awful pseudoscience which was outrageously misinforming, followed by product placement of his and other products. This just destroyed any affinity I had for the guy. This book is a stage for the launch of Rich Rolls new career as the next smiley new celebrity diet fad guru. He may be a vegan but boy does he know how to promote cheese.
Yes to refocus on my priorities, balance my life and how lucky we are in life!
Even tough this guy is an obsessive, it permit to question myself.
This book is an interesting story of courage, strength, strong will, friendship, family, and triumph. Rich has taken a shaken past and turned his life around, doing what he felt was right to redeem himself. I am not sure completing 5 Ironman distance triathlons in 7 days is the ":normal" way of doing this, but it was an interesting experience. It was time well spent for myself, as I enjoyed his story and challenges he overcame to fulfill his dream.
I would only recommend this book to individuals who are thinking of training for an endurance event such as an Ironman or beyond. RIch has an interesting story and his adventures in ultras would on be helpful for those individuals.
I think that Rich Roll performed just fine since he was telling his story. However, I believe it would have been better to cast a narrator with more experience.
top 20.But I've got a lot so that's pretty good.
Rich.It's about him so who else?
I can relate as I'm sure many can.Athletic talent taking a back seat to partying and drinking.Not saying that is bad per se as maybe partying is more gratifying to many.Athletic fanaticism has a high price too.Truth is,most aren't as lucky to do anything even close to this at a late age without debilitating injury.Still,it is definitely inspiring that Rich had enough of drinking(he was undoubtedly out of control)and despite the challenges,did a 180 with his life and did something truly incredible.How their bodies took that is amazing.If you're ripe for a change in your life,be it athletic or not, i am sure it will inspire you to act.It is definitely extremes in life and balance would be better imo but many,myself included ,tend to be all or nothing.Drink a lot,or not at all.Eat poorly or very disciplined.Exercise a lot,or not at all.I guess you could call that an addictive personality.It is what it is so you might as well accept it and work with it.I don't feel he was too self indulgent as some reviewers implied.Doing that would require extreme commitment and his family was behind him.I also believe you have to live YOUR life and while you shouldn't shun your responsibilities,you have to do what is right for you,and also allow others to do what is right for them.Living someone else's life or wanting them to live your life ain't cool.
yep.I did it in 2 days which is rare for me.
I would buy it again.
I am middle aged and a want to be healthy. After listening to this book I have become a vegan and have lost 30 lbs in 2 months. I ran marathons before but now I run with purpose.
Everything! changing what you eat changes what you can become. It's all about discipline and direction.
He was great as himself. Wouldn't have worked if he hd someone read it for him
It motivated me to be self centered about my health and who I really am
Yes but it would be helpful to have the charts in the end of the book that allows you to see the nutrients in the diet.
He uses great expression when reading that allows you to feel like part of the story
No, not unless it was ghost-written.
No, forced emotion and misplaced emphasis was annoying.
Yes, on many levels.
Disappointment at how such a great story fell flat.
About as painful as an ultra event was listening to the empty whining that littered this book. Although I eagerly anticipated the story of a cheeseburger couch potato turned vegan ultra athlete, the book was an "epic" (you'll understand that reference if you make it through the book) failure. His story, which as all the underpinnings of a great tale, faltered chapter after chapter with self-indulgent writing only exacerbate by an awful choice of narrator ... the author. At least Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Man) was an engaging narrator as he read his own story of his "personal greatness."
Ironically, the real hero of the book was Roll's Epic5 partner, Jason Lester.
Sadly, the book may give the impression to the uninitiated that all ultra athletes are such self-absorbed, vacuums of attention and need. Quite the opposite is true. The ultra community is "normal" people who just enjoy endurance events that, at first glance, seem crazy.
The ability of someone like Rich Roll or Scott Jurek to be at the peak of ultra endurance competitiveness on a plant-based diet is nothing short of astonishing. The only bright spot of this book is that it gives a glimpse into the diet of a vegan ultra athlete. That almost makes the book worth a listen.
There is no other way I can rate this audiobook. The book itself is life transforming, and read by the author takes on a depth of sincerity that brought tears to my eyes more than once. Time limits my ability to write a review lengthy enough to do "Finding Ultra" justice. Suffice it to say that if you are looking for a book to inspire you and possibly guide you to a quantum leap in athletic performance and a transformation into a better human being, this is one that you'll be reading or listening to soon. I highly recommend the audiobook version.
In addition to this are two others that I have begun to listen to that are beneficial in similar ways, they are "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall and "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek.
I hope you all find that 'something' we are all looking for.