No. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time as my husband has been wanting to get fit and I thought it sounded inspiring. However I felt the narration was monotonous and boring. I stuck it out until the end but it was a hard slog a bit like Rich Rolls ultra man challenges. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary detail about his school days which seemed to go on and on until I got to the information I wanted to find out - how he got fit, what he ate etc. But it was all read with such a dull voice, even when he had achieved his goals there seemed to no excitement in his voice. I do admire his achievements though they were very impressive. I would have liked to know how his wife felt being stuck at home with the kids on a budget while Rich Roll continued to seek the next challenge, never seeming to be satisfied.
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I'm a big fan of Rich Roll podcast and I knew most part of the story before listening the audio book. However, it is a very well told story and it hasn't deceived me. It also gives very helpful tips for sport endurance performance whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or meat eater. Finally, the fact that Rich himself reads it adds an extra bit.
"Great book !!"
Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend and also Rich Roll's Podcasts and website.
"Interesting but flawed"
It grew on me this book. It's an interesting tale, and I found some bits genuinely riveting.
I've also got no problems with veganism, but I hadn't been ready for the extent it was going to try to convert me. Especially given the strange mix of good science and downright laughable science - all jumbled together to leave it unclear what's true.
Still fair play to him for turning his life around and it is an inspiring story.
An inspirational account of Rich's mid life enlightenment and mind-altering series of incredible achievements. I have recently become very interested in health and vitality, barefoot running and a bunch of other alternative health pursuits in my late 30s and have begun wandering what is possible at my age. Rich has confirmed that it is possible not only to excel, but to truly become a world class athlete. Learning of his dedication, progress and challenges has been very encouraging. I even ran my fastest 5k while during the period I was reading the book. Coincidence? :)
I have given the book 4 stars. It would have been 5 but for the following reasons:
- The author mentioned his own product, and the vitamix blender quite often.
- Although Rich makes it clear he is not a militant vegan there are a couple of instances where he seems a little condescending toward meat eaters.
- There are many studies that point toward saturated fats from healthy animals actually being very good for you, and the studies linking SF to clogged arteries, high cholesterol and heart disease are outdated and poorly undertaken. The studies mentioned in the book appear to have been cherry picked to suit the vegan agenda while conflicting studies exist. While I don't doubt that the vegan diet and lifestyle is incredibly healthy (I'm certainly not averse to trying it), many other studies claim that a diet that includes meat can also be very good for you. The level of certainty presented here was a little jarring.
"The most inspirational of all our lives"
I enjoyed the humble honesty and reality of Rich's story. Especially his effort in putting it down in a way that allows me to understand the importance of life itself.
Rich wrote this book in a clear, down-to-earth and engaging way which I could identify with.
I cried at the point which Rich spoke about his realisation of what changes he was prepared to make to give his kids a great life.
I recommend this book to anyone, even people who aren't interested in the kind of sports Rich has chosen, it doesn't matter. This story will grab your heart and your brain and shake them both up for a realization towards a way to be a better person. That's what he has done for me, give it a chance. I normally would steer clear of the kind of mindset towards health he has shared. Now after reading this book, I'm training to achieve a lot more, and dedicated to improve. Thanks very much Rich.
I primarily purchased this book because I'm looking to enter my first ultra marathon later this year and am looking for anything in the way of advice, tips and coping strategies. Whilst it has been useful there is a lot of the book where Roll talks about cycling and other pursuits which I appreciate are a part of his journey, just not so pertinent to running alone.
Roll's accounts of his Ultra marathon and marathon exploits of which I would've liked more of.
I did find Roll's narration quite hard going, his voice tends to stay flat and monotone throughout regardless of which accomplishments he talks about achieving. I wonder if he should've gotten someone else to record it.
I think Roll has given a detailed account of his exploits but I'm sure he could carry on writing about everything he has got up to since.
"Rich is the man!"
First read this book on holiday a couple of years back, since then I have been a subscriber to the RRP used this Audio book for commuting to work wasn't disappointed! Life changing!
"Brilliant story, well read too!"
Absolutely fantastic, truly inspirational, a worth while read for anyone! A fascinating account of how someone was able to completely turn their life around in their 40's, and it's incredibly motivating without being too preachy.
Yes. Its a good illustration of how someone can go from rock bottom to competing as a world class athlete. Anyone can do it if he can.
While a good listen, there are some great bits of advice and some nuggets for someone trying to do similar
Generally a good listen with an entertaining story. There are some really good tips in here too for someone thinking of doing something similar. The fact that everything he did was on a vegan diet also go against the grain.