Rich Roll's willingness to share his own personal struggles in such an open way allows the book to serve as a means of uplifiting encouragement in the face of challenges. If I could use two words to describe this book, it would be "human element." He does a fantastic job of capturing the struggles of human nature, the pain associated with those struggles, the joy (and even the humor) of the challenges presented by our nature, and the satisfaction and happiness that comes from triumph. A truly uplifting and great listen!
I always favor listening to the author in a biography. They often articulate their story well. Rich is a good speaker and comes across warm.
I was once told that every ultra-athelete is dealing with the demons of their past. These demons make Rich's story strong. One might look at RIch's story as being one of living with the demons and another without them. Rich, however, makes the connection clear and puts a significant amount of personal exposure to explain his past. Listening, you hear the train wreck coming. It was comforting to know who Rich becomes, or the stories would be too difficult to be an observer to.
I enjoyed his rawness. Sometimes first books have an unrefined feel that makes them feel more honest. I appreciate that feel to a book. The sentences are not works of prose, but instead are short and meaningful. He has a tendency of dropping names, sometimes as appreciation and others as remembrance. It not a description, but it leaves you knowing that this is a person, not a character. Not to say Rich Roll is John Grisham, but I think "A Time to Kill" is a good example of rawness. If you like that feel, this is a good book for you to listen to.
I listened to this book quickly. Often, there are books that I listen to some and come back to. I strangely listen to this while going on a couple of long runs.
The book is centered around Ultras only in the second half. "Discovering Myself" from the title is more important than the fact of running Ultras in this book. There is a good portion of the book set aside to how Rich lost himself in the first place. To me, this made the book significantly more interesting than stories about a person dealing with the physical pain of an Ultra.
Rich is obviously a driven individual and his story is encouraging to those of use who have let ourselves down in our forties. However, it preaches vegan ruthlessley and the product plaements are all too obvious.
If fact it's more about his running mate than him. Without his training partner he would have given up several times I reckon. Still, he manages to pull through several sticky moments by himself.
Inspiring, Mad, Preaching
Yes, the book wants to make you change your life.
Rich Roll just his sheer determination, courage and stength
Just hearing him speak his own story is motivating
Totally fantastic if you want to change your life just go for it and listen to this amazing story.
each has advantages and disadvantages. The lists of foods etc is more accessible in the kindle version as search in the audio book is too hard.
There is only really the one character as its an autobiography.
Willingness to break with the traditional nutrition ideas.
No - too long to really do this.
another example of the need to sell a bundle consisting of the ebook(kindle) and audible edition.
it motivates me to start running. It moves.
feel great and go out to run a mile at once.
very poor narrator. terrible.I almost quit during the first ten minutes.
Its up there among the books I have listened to. I do listen to a wide variety of stuff and this held my interest all the way through.
How Rich turned himself from an excessive drinker, over weight and lazy into such a great runner.
no. I like to listen to this when I am trail running.
Inspirational and real.
It was just boring. I discovered the world of audio books a few months ago and loved it. This book is the first I could not listen to all the way through.
Rich was not the person to read this. His voice was a bit monotone and began to irritate me. Also, while ultra books usually are motivating, the only motivation I got from this one was to finish.
No, I love inspirational books and am seldom bored or disappointed.
Not sure what would help. It was just boring...
Get a new narrator.
Absolutely recommended! So good, I'm listening to it a second time! Rich's story has actually inspired me to change my own behavior.
What Rich describes as "the run" was clearly a pivotal moment for him.
Rich's story is truly inspirational! From couch to Marathon in only 6 months?!