It is a great read if you are into running and taking care of your body. Even if you are not extreme like Jurek (an I am certainly not) there is a lot that can be learned from this book and from this person.
I could not wait for my next run so that I can put on my earphones and continue listening...
The narration did not seem to convey Jurek's attitude. I felt a dissonance between the tone of the narrator which is often rough and the text which though without self-pity, doesn't seem to have that roughness.
Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!
If you like Eat and Run you would probably really like Born to Run. It's kind of different though since Eat and Run is an autobiography, Born to Run is a number of autobiographical & biographical stories in one.
A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.
If you have 8 hours maybe
Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.
Just love books.
The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.
Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.
No but would certainly do so.
Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.
Tons of great recipes but there is no PDF to reference. Don't buy the audio book. I also emailed Scott and he did not respond. Very disappointed....
Scott Jurek, enjoyed the openess about his life.
So-so voice for this book. Voice didn't really fit my image of the author.
Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.
The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).
Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.
Nice narration, beautiful story
The book is so inspirational and it is almost impossible to believe it is true. It feels like fiction! But it is not. I happened to start reading (actually listening on audible) some of the ultra runners book as a way to see how they are pushing their minds and body to achieve what they are doing. It is almost yogic in retrospect. I really wanted to give the print book as a gift to my 10 year old daughter only if it did not have all those Dusty's swear of F words. I really wish the author could have removed them and told __swear words__ here and leave it to readers imaginations.
The way mother - son love is portrayed, his vegan lifestyle, his surreal runs on all those Western States, Badwater, 24 hr runs. Ah it is incredible. I had to resist finish listening into the story and hold back to enjoy in 4 days. Otherwise I would have finished in one siting of 8 hours. I listened to all in my walks. It is sad his life had all these setbacks (no spoiler here) and how he overcame in late 2010. One of the most memorable memoirs I have ever read.
It was very touching.
I wish the F words were not present so that I can listen in as family.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I read "Born To Run" twice and expected this book to be similarly fun. I was sadly disappointed in several ways. This autobiographical book reveals Jurek to be a very self-adsorbed and arrogant sounding individual. The arrogance was helped along by the narrator's tone. Dunn-Baker not only mispronounced names but also relatively common words, which was difficult to overlook.
After a brief history of a not-so-happy childhood (his mother had multiple sclerosis) and his father didn't cope well, we were led on a trip from his discovery of his running prowess to a play by play description how he won numerous races through his philosophy of life and running and through his healthy eating discoveries. As the book progressed, Jurek appeared to see himself as a nutritionist and a philosopher, and his philosophy became very prevalent and annoying toward the conclusion of the book.
What became most irritating to me was his complete self-absorption. I am aware that athletes who want to be at the very top of their game must be compulsively single-minded in doing everything they can to excel and outdo themselves. I read and really enjoyed Apolo Ohno's book, "Zero Regrets", and never once did I feel he was arrogant or self-absorbed as he described his rise to the top of the skating world. Jurek, on the other hand, sees himself as the center of the universe.
I would imagine this book would appeal to aspiring marathoners, particularly those who want to enter the ultra-classes. It might also appeal to athletes who are wanting to move toward more healthy eating. However, if running is not your avocation, I heartily recommend reading "Born To Run" and not wasting time or money on this book.
The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.
Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.
While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.
While I enjoyed the aspects of the narrative, all in all Scott Jurek tends to be too preachy in his approach to tell his story of being an ultimate runner.