First off, the author narrates the book and whilst he has a clear voice, the pace is slow and the intonation is sombre. I listened at x1.25 which made it bearable.
I think Rich Roll is a bit disingenuous in the title he chose. I took it to mean he was finding himself athletically at age 40. But actually he was re-discovering his former awesomeness! He was a super successful competitive swimmer as a youth. So if you're an overweight couch potato, you may be looking for inspiration to go from where you are at today, to Rich Roll levels of fitness. Perhaps it is possible, but this is not such a story in my opinion.
I furthermore think that Rich Roll is a bit of a self-promoting brand. He has nutrition products that he regularly pushes (albeit gently) throughout the book. When I googled him, it took me to a web site where you can buy his nutrition program!
Having laid out all the negative stuff, I did find it inspiring in that he is a successful competitive athlete on a wholly plant-based diet. And he gives some useful recipes and menu suggestions for anyone wanting to go plant-based. I have leveraged some of them myself, such as avocado sandwiches and almond butter on no-flout toast - delish!
This book is quite similar to Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. That book also has plant-based menu suggestions and so on.
This is a story of true grit and overcoming adversity at an age when most would have thought they are 'past their prime'. Very inspiring and motivating!
Rich Roll brings a 'realness' to the reader that is tangible. Its not a story about some gifted athlete who achieved what was to be expected. Rich's story is hard showing that he's just another guy but one who decided to swim upstream, put in the hard yards and achieve what most would call impossible.
I love that Rich Roll failed his first 70.3 triathlon and went on to become an ultra athlete. So impressive.
The climb by Chris Froome.
A tad monotone, but the story more than made up for it.
The details behind the author trying to complete the Epic5 triathlon challenge!
The life-steps the author had to go through to get to where he was ready to make a substantial change in his life.
No. I wish the author would publish more books. If he does, I will definitely read them!
This books has both moments of laughing and crying!
This is a great story, and anyone interested in motivation to make real life changing decisions should listen to this book.
It's inspiring and impressive to see how someone can turn their life around and achieve remarkable feats. There is also some very useful dietary information.
He's very good at reading his own words and I find many authors should leave the reading up to the reading pros. Taken as a whole though I found the book got to be a little too much of an ego trip. While he has plenty to be extremely proud of I felt a little more of a sense of humour would have gone a long way to making this book more enjoyable and the author more likable. Although of course he is no doubt perfectly likable in reality, he just comes across as a bit of a *%^! in writing.
Keep on running and being weaning myself off all the foods I love, cheese and bread in particular.
I saw the reviews and thought it will be a great book but I couldn't get pass a couple of chapters. It's extremely hard to relate when this guy was already an excellent athlete, destined for greatness and because of bad decision he slip from his path. Even though he tries to make you feel bad about him being a little antisocial or awkward, the story still makes me feel that he has it everything, he's spoiled and he doesn't realize it until he turned 40 (what a pity). Given that I'm not from the US, my background it's different where people almost never have this type of opportunities and if they did, they wouldn't let them go as easily. It almost makes me mad just listening to the story that I had to stop.
The narrative doesn't have a lot of impact. Even though he's telling his own story, I can't fell any of the emotions he's trying to convey.
He's not so bad, but I can tell this is the first time he does something like this. Like I said before, he's not good at conveying emotions, even though it's his own story.
The main character...
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
The way the book was written. So you were picked on in school. Instead of taking something from it and looking back on where it got you, it was written in a victim mentality. In this book the guy got accepted to Havard, Standford, Yale, and Brown on a swimming scholarship!!!!!! That is no small feat. The way the book was written there was zero excitement for even that. It was as if it was the worst thing on the world.
Disappointment. This could be a good story if it is re-written, not from a poor-me mentality.
Suck it up, you do extreme endurance events. We all get picked on in school, its part of growning up and learning how to overcome trials in life.
Since I finished this book last week, I've been recommending it to my friends who are endurance athletes as well as to people who complain about their diets. My friends who are endurance athletes may not care for Rich's stories of his struggles with addiction but I was fascinated. Roll was a Stanford swimmer then a champion drunk then a cheeseburger addict and then an Ultraman only because the Ironman races have a one year waiting list. An amazing story. He details his plant based diet (vegan w/out the politics, I guess) and I was interested in this too, though I could see how someone interested in the book for the addiction stories could get bored through these descriptions. I liked all of it. I liked his narration. It is his story and he is pretty straightforward. He comes off as a jerk in some parts, even after his transformation from alcoholic to athlete, but I get the feeling he's pretty self aware. His honesty beats excuses any day. I've also listened to Chris Macca's "I'm Here to Win" and while both are good, I'd rather spend time with Roll than Macca. Roll has a podcast that I'll be looking up. His story does not cease to amaze.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
As I was aware by the title this is a entertaining story and for sure an example of the human spirit. It will not be so great for people looking to emulate the authors process as perhaps you will need to become an alcoholic before living out the drink for 10 years (yeah not a great idea!). As for the reference to the foods and drinks used, I found that the best is to buy the hard copy (which I haven't done) but took it out of the shelve and look decent enough and worth buying (if you are not poor as me).