The narrative was fine. It brought a real life struggle to the book. I loved the honesty that came from statements of self-realization. "I live my life in the excess, it's the only way it works for me." And of course, " I was acting like a jerk, totally exhausted and thinking only of the goal and myself as I broke the #1 rule and left my partners." I felt as though I was brought along with him during his whole life, through the good and the bad. Great listen, when I had to stop, I couldn't wait to get back and hear more.
Rich's description of his transformation from cheeseburger connoisseur to plant powered athlete is a great moment that shows the possibility of any life and that even those plagued by seemingly unshakable demons can improve their situation.
Rich writes well. And, for an audio-book read by the author, this is one of the best I've listened to. However, he could have made it better if he would have hired a professional narrator.
Finding Ultra was enjoyable to read. Rich writes in such a way that the reader can see the sprawling vistas of Hawaii and the dirt trails of California. I found value in the transformation that took place over the course of the book.
This book was not only entertaining, but made me examine how I eat, and while not an all in one guide, provides a great base line for eating better and living better. Thank you Rich!
It captures everything from health, inspiration, food, lifestyle, motivation, to adversity.
This book moved me to make changes in my own life.
What a journey! Comprehensive nutritional and fitness information. A great kickstarter for anyone looking to inform themselves about superior nutrition.
I always love to read a story of an underdog turning into a superstar. It's my type of stories.
Great story, inspiring, personal and heart-touching
In my opinion the narrator (also the author) is not good at telling the story, even though he is a lawyer. His tone and voice sound boring and plain, not do the justice to his own story. I wish it would be read by someone good at delivering inspirational speeches.
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.