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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey | [Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)]

A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.
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Publisher's Summary

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line.

Wellington's first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced - from anorexia, to near-drowning, to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sport also presents an opportunity to improve people's lives.

A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind Wellington's success, along with the diet, training, and motivational techniques that keep her going through one of the world's most grueling events.

©2012 Chrissie Wellington (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12
    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In general, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how success is a journey not a destination irrespective of what your goal is. The candid unfiltered story of this athlete is inspiring no matter what your journey.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never Give Up, Never Give In and Smile


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    Susan 10-26-12
    Susan 10-26-12
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    "A great running companion."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Life Without Limits to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Would you recommend A Life Without Limits to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, anyone who desires self-evolution and improvement would really enjoy this book. I listened to it on my final training runs leading upto the Chicago Marathon as well as during the run itself. The narrator's voice is fantastic to listen to..the first few chapters were a bit boring (sorry Chrissie!!) there was a bit too much detail about growing up that didn't really lend themself to the story, but then again, maybe I was too focused on getting to the training and racing portion of the book. Either way, once it got there I was enthralled - Chrissie is truly an inspiring and hard core athlete with a sense of humor and well development self-awareness. This is not only a good autobriography it is VERY well written, which is rare.


    What does Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the narrator's voice, beautiful- would have enjoyed it no matter what she was reading. Chrissie's intro and epilogue added a bit of 'realness' that I enjoyed as well.


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

    No, it was best enjoyed over several long runs.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while running the Chicago Marathon (just during the quieter bits of the race..anyone that has run it knows that most of the course is like a hurricane of noise and fun). The narrator and Chrissie became by running companions, when the run got hard they were there discussing a challenging time in Chrissies races and it gave me some perspective. I was sad when it was over (the Marathon AND the book).

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    Sonya 10-08-12
    Sonya 10-08-12
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    "Wonderful!!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Life Without Limits to be better than the print version?

    I have very long training runs. This book was able to keep my attention and wanting me to run longer in order to hear what would happen next. It was very inspirational and at times I found myself telling other runners things said in the book to give them encouragement to push though the heat, exhaustion, and pain. It was especially motivating to be represented so well by a female athlete that had the courage to reveal so much that we would normally keep to ourselves. Thoughout the book I found myself reevaluating my own reasons for continuing to run through sickness and in health, my priorities in life when it comes to family, friends, my husband, and my spiritual journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chrissie was so honest and inspiring. She seemed to always find a way to turn a bad situation into good.


    Which character – as performed by Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington – was your favorite?

    Chrissie


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone!!!

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    Amy 10-01-12
    Amy 10-01-12
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    "Motivating"
    Where does A Life Without Limits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    8 out of 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chrissie, of course. Love her story and the fact that she can laugh at herself and has a good sense of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington – was your favorite?

    Chrissie


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, it was just motivating and interesting to me as a triathlete. Yes, it made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for triathletes.

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    francois talloires, France 09-28-12
    francois talloires, France 09-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up A Life Without Limits in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring motivational and great


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chrissie


    What does Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion in the speech


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.. For the sports endurance and the life story... Inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett 09-28-12
    Brett 09-28-12
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    "An Interesting story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Life Without Limits the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it is read by Chrissie Wellington


    What did you like best about this story?

    Overcoming odds is possible for anyone


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Running the Hawaii Ironman race


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

    No


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    Laura 09-18-12
    Laura 09-18-12
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    Excellent. I've listened to over 300 books since 2008 and while many were very good, this is the first I listened to twice.

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    andrea Mexico, Mexico 09-17-12
    andrea Mexico, Mexico 09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Trully inspiring!"
    If you could sum up A Life Without Limits in three words, what would they be?

    Spirit, determination, inspiration


    What did you like best about this story?

    The straight-forwardness of the author. How every detail of her story has an outcome and a follow-up. I loved the story of an "ordinary girl's" approach to life that took her to a real succes story. Her willing to do her very best is what really inspires to live to your very best.
    It was a true joy reviving every experience, every trip, every race and getting a taste of it all.


    What does Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pally did a great job on this one, you can really feel every smile, every feeling, every word with a special meaning and enfasis. It feels as i it were Chrissie the one telling the story in every moment of her life.
    As for Chrissie, she really gives it a special starting and finiching touch that connects the reader into the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Constantly. I heard this book while running and was catche several times laughing, getting angry, or getting really excited and anxious.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story. It is my deffinition of motivating wih sports!

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    RIS USA 09-13-12
    RIS USA 09-13-12
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    "Interesting life makes for a good listen"
    Would you listen to A Life Without Limits again? Why?

    Listen to this with my husband on the 16 hr drive to his Ironman Mont Tremblant.
    The book kept both of our interest (I am a non-triathlete) for most of the book.
    Chrissie has led an interesting life and has written a very honest book.
    There are no big ironman revelations, so don't look to this book for your training.


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    Jennifer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-22-12
    Jennifer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story! I did not want the book to end."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Life Without Limits to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I really enjoyed the story being read.


    What other book might you compare A Life Without Limits to and why?

    None


    What does Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Polly Lee did a great job reading the book. It was great to hear it read in the proper accent of Chrissie.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to triathletes, runners and anyone interested in a great story. Chrissie's story is about much more than triathlons. She reveals what an amazing life adventure she has had so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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