This story is very compelling. An out of shape guy turning 40 changes his life becomes one of the fittest people in the world. It is a story about extremes. Rich Roll takes everything to extreme. After listening to this book I was motivated toward better health and the thought that the former athlete I used to be may still be in there somewhere. I started a modified plant based diet and feel great. I'll run my first marathon in May. This book inspired me to take action to better my life. For that its an absolute must listen. The author deciding to narrate himself sounds a little off at first but then you realize that nobody could tell this story better. The raw emotion, the ups and downs come across better when told by the person who lived it.
His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.
His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.
You will be inspired!
Yes - hearing the author read his own story provides much more insight as to what he deems as important in his journey.
When Rich almost had a heart attack going up the stairs in his house and decided it was time to change.
The reading was natural and smooth.
mlilllizard, 51 year old divorced female from OK
Yes, most of my friends would enjoy an inspiring story as much as I do, did!
Rich Roll! Close second is his support team, they were awsome as well.
No. I'd never heard of him.
No, but it did help me with my winter blahs...makes me realize how important finding ways to exercise is.
The passion and the mix of a story and dietary help.
His fight to finish.
Fighting back and finding peace
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.