The message of the book is fantastic, and it has inspired me to eat better and be more fit. Unfortunately Mr. Jurek felt the need to throw in crude stories and use the "F-Word" repeatedly. I thought about recommending the book to my high school cross-country runners to inspire them, but it is too crass.
At first, I really enjoyed this book. Learning about Jurek's childhood and path to a plant-based diet was informative and inspiring.
Eventually things evolved into a series of race reports packed with minutia. I wanted to hear less about his mile splits and more about the story surrounding each race. Perhaps there isn't much story to tell, however, as Jurek comes across as rather dull with a singular focus on running.
I finished the book, but would not recommend it to a friend. If you are interested in learning more about plant-based diets, consider Veganist by Kathy Freeston and The China Study, both available from Audible.
Melodramatic. Scott Jurek is a great runner, by far not the greatest though. The first few hours of listening to him winging about how bad his life was growing up just made me puke. People outside of the States suffer so much more than he did and made much more of a success of their careers than he did. Example:Haile Gebrsellasie....sorry Scott couldn't get myself to feel sorry for you.
Avid runner and yogi
This is my best listen yet. The story is very inviting for anyone who runs, eats, or simply loves adventure! Scott Jurek is an amazing hero in the long-distance running world!
I loved the early stories about how he began running.
I never listen to books in 1 sitting
I enjoy listening to books when I can't read. This book was motivating and fun. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did!
Born to Run - Scott Jurek was highlighted in Born to Run. Both books talk about the psychology, dedication and drive that produce ultramarathoners, as well as the joys and struggles that come along with the sport.
This book was very inspiring. As a runner, I am always striving to better myself and Scott's story was one of the extreme. I admire his dedication, tenacity and attempts to empower himself through education about all aspects of running and his physical and mental self. I was a little saddened to read about his constant search for happiness and enlightenment through running and perfectionism. A sport as lonely and intrinsic as ultrarunning invariably leads a runner to look into themselves for "that something missing." Only later in life, when Scott started looking outside himself and giving more of himself to others, did he start to find that balance and inner peace. I also really appreciated the recipes and will be buying a print copy simply so I don't have to write them all down as the reader dictates them!
I loved his take on eating vegan and being an athlete, I think it would change many people's minds on how they eat.
The diet aspect is the most interesting. Scott and many other people's "super athleticism" does make one think of it as an addiction...
No, arrogant annoying read.
Horribly arrogant intonation. I'm not sure if the author is as arrogant as the narrator reads...but I was so turned off half way through I stopped listening...and by no means am I an overly sensitive person. I've a tried a few times since to get through it but I get one minute in and hit the stop button.
I will most likely listen to it again. I really enjoyed his stories. I loved Born to Run and this gave me that same feeling of adventure.
Born to Run. Scott was a main character in Born to Run and it has the same feel to it.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
absolutely scott jurek is a bad ass. read it and understand why.
it is a great story.
sure. tell us what happens next.