A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.
©2012 Scott Jurek (P)2012 Recorded Books
It is a real person with a real life story. It isnt all happy endings and wonderful times. Scott has an amazing drive, and strong need to run, but we see that he is just a human too. So there is bad, good, and even harsh. I laughed out loud quite a few times, and cried quite a few as well, but I felt as though I was on the journey with him. I have even more respect for him after this book than I did after "Born to Run", which is where I learned about Scott. I have followed Scott since I read that book, and have enjoyed his career, and I find him very inspirational.
I was amazed by his candor, and ability to talk about some of the personal things he covers. It truly makes me ADMIRE him all the more.
If you liked "Born to Run", you will like this book. Please remember it is a personal memoir, not a bunch of different people's stories as in BtR. Although you do get to meet all of those characters from Scott's point of view.
I highly recommend this book!!!
OH...one more thing...Alot of the vegan receipts at the end are great!!! I went out and bought the hard copy for a cook book!!!
most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.
the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.
Great context and in-depth look at one of the stars of Born to Run. Very much enjoyed the nutritional insights.
Someone who wasn't so abrasive in his reading style. Sometimes I felt like the reader made Scott seem like an angry guy with a big chip on his shoulder...very different from the spiritual vegan discussions at the end of each chapter. It was a little jarring.
Cape Town, South Africa
This is a wonderful book, a very personal account of life and running by Scott Jurek. Having read Born to Run I was keen to know more about what running, and what something as extreme as an ultramarathon meant to those who participated and were passionate. Scott gives an intimate account of what running has brought him, how the physical challenge stretched his mind and touched his soul, this I really appreciated. He also gives plenty of practical information; running tips, training guidance and then his food philosophy and recipes making for a very wholesome read. Highly recommended! The only aspect that I found a little jarring was the narrator, it took me time to adapt to his narration, which at times I found quite aggressive. Having said this it was not a poor performance and just took some getting used to.
I love everything about it, but especially the tips at the end of each chapter.
Barbara Kingsolver's 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' As they both blend food consciousness with life stories.
He was funny, the inflections were all right on.
We laughed a lot, cried a little. I read it partially on my long run days...his story makes you unable to give up at like mile while he is running 100, and partially on a family road trip- everyone liked it.
I go it. I liked it, and I'll listen to it again. Felt very real, the childhood stories, the hard training yards, the focus, the competitiveness, the ups and downs and so on. Very listenable.
It was very worthwhile to hear a success story based on hard consistent work.
But, whatever happened to Dusty? I'd like to read that as a sequel!
The audio version of this book is disappointing. The narrator is a poor match. While I do enjoy his voice, and feel that he is a talented narrator, his delivery is overly macho. It frequently disrupts the soft, reflective, and spiritual tone of the book. Every other sentence I expect the narrator to begin recounting how many beers he pounded at a frat party in college, and/or how much he can bench press.
Scott's relentless pursuit of refining his craft and his continuing desire to discover what he is really made of will stick with me long after the specific elements of plot.
While I would under no means shy away from this narrator with other books, I don't believe he is a good fit here. Perhaps he could have delivered the story with less bravado and more tenderness, but I really feel that if Scott Jurek himself was not up for reading this, then the narration should attempt to incorporate elements of his kind and soft spoken demeanor.
If you're a runner, you've probably heard of Scott Jurek by reading Born to Run. While not a sequel to McDougall's book in any way, Jurek's book takes you closer to the real thing by letting you know how it feels from an actual ultra runner's pespective. It is well written, full of interesting stories, technical tips and a very good read (listen) altogheter.
Scott Jurek is an exceptionnal athlete. Yet, he is so honest and down to earth that I could relate with his stories, even tough I only am a "normal" marathonner. The stories make you want to push yourself beyond your limits - if only to find out how far you can go. I know it did help me run farther and better.
The narration is quite good. I'm not sure why Jurek did not decide to read it himself.
This is a book I listened to while running. I really recommend it! I couldnt stop which help me keep going on longer runs.
Of course, some of the stuff here you've already heard before. With Born to Run and Dean Karnases' books, a lot has been said about Ultras. Yet, Scott Jurek's take on the subject is as unique as his talent. I really recommend you pick it up.
I have been dabbling in trail running and would love to be be fit enough to try endurance running, so there were quite a few useful tips on running style, diet and so on.
But the if you've read "Born to Run" there really is no comparison.
This book is more of a one-note auto-biography and whilst I respect Jurek for his amazing athletic accomplishments and for being a great ambassador for ultra-running, his story is interesting, but not thrilling.
Worth the listen for fans of Jurek and running.
It is a great read if you are into running and taking care of your body. Even if you are not extreme like Jurek (an I am certainly not) there is a lot that can be learned from this book and from this person.
I could not wait for my next run so that I can put on my earphones and continue listening...
The narration did not seem to convey Jurek's attitude. I felt a dissonance between the tone of the narrator which is often rough and the text which though without self-pity, doesn't seem to have that roughness.
"Great listen to a fascinating character"
Jurek is a ultra-running legend, and this book is a decent telling of his story. However it's all very deadpan and serious - no lighter moments, no laughs. Just a monotonous narrative of talent intertwined with struggle.
For Jurek it is about the winning, not about the competing. This makes him less personable. I don't get people who claim that he is humble - he doesn't come across as such, although he is far from obnoxious.
His side of the "Born To Run" story, plus his wins at WS100.
Very easy listen. ..very intresting story about running and life's trials and tribulations and one very accomplished guy ...Hats of to Scott
Really demonstrates the potential of the human body and mind. I would recommend this to everyone not just runners.
I enjoyed the book very much but wish I had a written copy for the recipes.
"Awesome, intense hardcore dude"
The sheer will power and determination of one man, inspiring and remarkable what we can do as humans
Running through death valley, the detail of the pain and misery and suffering while being pushed to do more and then doing so
The main character Scott
Just all quite inspiring
"An inspiring story"
I'd listen to it again, not just because I found it inspiring both to run more and eat better food, but also because it finishes with some great recipes.
The story of the Tarahumara found in 'Born to Run' crosses over with this story, and contains some similar advice on how to run more effectively, and without injuring yourself.
Since this wasn't a story full of drawn characters, and in fact was all in the voice of Scott himself, this was rarely necessary, but Dunn-Baker was a good choice of reader.
I can't name a specific moment, but the further I got into the book, the more I wanted to run, and the further I wanted to go.
Whether you're new to running or a seasoned ultra-marathoner yourself, I think you'll find lots in this book to inspire you.
Scott Jurek's tale is amazing!
This is one of the best books I've bought on Audible. Brilliant!
"Inspiring, not only for runners"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in which Jurek unveils his life long journey and the accounts of his impressive career. He comes across as a nice, down to earth guy who truly achieved greatness, but had to deal with some serious struggles as well. I listened to it in my long runs, and the several race accounts were great in helping me push through when it was tough, something I imagine Jurek is really good at. But I would recommend this book not only to runners. It is inspiring, approachable, funny and at times fascinating. 5 stars.
Inspiring, encouraging, realistic
I have never read another book like Eat & Run.
Listening to Quincy Dunn-Baker read it allows me to run which is exactly what Scott Jurek would probably prefer his readers to be doing (I guess).
I love it when "Dusty" is hurling abuse at him and Scott's relationship with Dusty is under strain - it shows what good friends they were.
Scott Jurek describes his journey into athleticism from despair. It’s a lovely book because one minute he’s a wounded child, the next he’s an adventurous teenager. In between, he will swing around and offer you a recipe or a description of some amazing countryside and wild life. I imagine this was a hard book to write.
"An interesting insight"
I have returned to running regularly after a break due to having a stent put in. The key is running slowly and doing distance rather than speed. I struggled as when I listened to music I would identify where i was last time and would push up the pace to finish quicker. I changed to listening to books instead and this helped keep a steady pace. I enjoyed this book as it gave me an insight into ultra running which I find fascinating since it is something I will never do. I found Scott's personal story interesting and his change to a vegan diet was practical as much, if not more, for philosophical reasons. He does state his viewpoint but never gets on his soap box. The narration is well delivered. I found the whole book very interesting, learned things from it and it helped me run. It was a winner for me.
Born to run, it has that first person narrative which I found very engaging.
Well paced and not over the top. He provides an personal perspective to the tale which important in a book like this which would have been destroyed by a clumsy narration.
The death of Scott's mother and his evolving understanding of why his father was the way he was.
Excellent book, well read, would have liked a little more on the diet he follows.
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