I've always run a little.
With this book I found myself sneaking out of work with my iPod and running shorts to listen to and live this great story.
It's not surprising Christopher McDougall made so many "crazy" friends on his journey, his writing style makes me feel like he's my old college buddy (might be the language). Fred Saunders narrating goes perfectly with this text.
Based on this book I can't stop myself from telling people to throw away their expensive running shoes and run the way we were made to run. I've decided to go against the conventional wisdom and do MORE walking barefoot to get rid of my heel pain. I've gone from a mind set of "maybe I'm not meant to run so much to "I want to run for hours and hours, everyday and all the time" and I can't wait until I can.
Usually I don't like a lot of "names" in a book (my simple mind has trouble keeping them straight) but, I loved meeting all these characters.
I've got another hour left of the book that I'm saving for tomorrows "lunch". I hope the undercurrent of living "a good life" is what really makes a "good runner" carries to the end. Don't confuse "good life" with no partying 'cause there is plenty of that. This is the good life the prophets talk about with sharing, love, compassion and simple living.
I've always been drawn to stories of survival so this book was a natural for me.
Gonzales really brings out how we are all in a state of survival. That is in our personal lives, business/work, economic, emotional, .... So it is really wonderful to hear what it takes to come out the other end alive.
Add good and appropriate narration and I'm telling all my freinds to get this one.
This book is interesting and narrated well. It is obviously well researched and an important topic. Even with all that I could not give it more than a 3-star.
I think a really good audio book needs a bit more story to keep you listening and all the details like the Arabic names/places and dates (of course you need to include them) broke up the narrative.
If you have an interest in the region it is definitely worth getting, just don't plan on it keeping you awake on a long drive.
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