Ehhhh....like others, I love Ellen, and got this audiobook for a fun/easy listen on my commute. I did laugh out loud several times, but not often enough. There were some chapters where I just had to wonder what the humor was. I also wish the PDF was available to download since there were several references to it. So, seriously, it was just ok.
I am not a huge Rob Lowe fan, but I saw him promoting this book on tv talk shows and thought it would be a fun/easy listen. I was pleasantly surprised! It made me laugh more than I had anticipated, and I learned fascinating little tidbits. A fun, light listen. And if you are a Rob Lowe fan (or if you used to be), you'll love it!
I listened to this audiobook with my two children (16 years old and 12 years old) as we drove around to their soccer practices, games, tournaments, etc. We spend a lot of time in the car, and audiobooks are a great way for us to "read" books together like we did when they were younger. There were a few scenes and references that weren't completely appropriate for children, but overall it was a great family book and I would recommend it for teens and older.
My criticism: sometimes the writing was overly romanticized and hyperbolic, especially about the Tarahumara people. My mom is from Chihuahua (we have been to many of the places where the race took place!), and we have Tarahumara (Raramuri) blood. I think readers need to be able to overlook/understand the perspective in which this was written in order to "buy in" to the narrative. I find myself recommending the book, but with the caveat that though there are insights into the Raramuri, and they are significant in the book, it is all from an outsider's perspective. Wouldn't it be amazing to read their perspectives and hear their stories? But, that would be another book...
That said, the narrative and information are really engaging, interesting, and motivational! My kids wanted to continue listening in order to follow the narrative of the great race, but by listening to all of it, they are now hooked on running! Needless to say, they are among the throngs of readers/listeners of this book who have been inspired to run. Plus, we all learned a lot and they definitely feel like they are part of a running culture now. There's no downside to that!
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