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Chris Jordan

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  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (899)
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    (818)
    Story
    (814)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Why Ultras Run"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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