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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness | [Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman]

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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.
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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

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    Todd 05-08-14
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    "This book changed my life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Scott Jurek is a highly competitive endurance athlete who also comes across as transparent, humble, and helpful. His story is interesting, and some of the training and nutritional ideas have helped me dramatically. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.


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    Vladimir 05-04-14
    Vladimir 05-04-14
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    "Best book on running"
    What did you love best about Eat and Run?

    An honest and revealing confession of one of the greatest athletes ever lived. I am an avid triathlete and this book was maybe the best sport's book I have read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-15-14
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    "Definitely Eat and Run focussed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to and why?

    If you like Eat and Run you would probably really like Born to Run. It's kind of different though since Eat and Run is an autobiography, Born to Run is a number of autobiographical & biographical stories in one.


    What three words best describe Quincy Dunn-Baker’s voice?

    A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.


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

    If you have 8 hours maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 02-11-14
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Human Endurance"

    A fantastic story of human endurance and what can be accomplished. My favorite line, which I tell myself all the time now is "not all pain is significant". Then I just keep running, or holding that yoga pose, or pumping that weight. It is easy to be a lazy, painless athlete, which leads to mediocre results forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Butler, Australia 01-28-14
    Michelle Butler, Australia 01-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Just love books.

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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    The no nonsense nature of his approach to running.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty? His mate who ear bashed him all the time. He was raw and real.


    Have you listened to any of Quincy Dunn-Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but would certainly do so.


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

    Not really, it was a enjoyable read but not earth shaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13
    Shawn Douglass Fremont, CA, US 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "tons of recipes but no pdf to reference..."
    What disappointed you about Eat and Run?

    Tons of great recipes but there is no PDF to reference. Don't buy the audio book. I also emailed Scott and he did not respond. Very disappointed....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13
    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good storytelling, not a how to guide"

    Interesting book that details Scott Jurek's life and running career. It opens in Badwater and then tells a backstory as to how he got there. It was nice that there was not mentioned about the Copper Canyon run (well detailed in Born to Run) and there were lots of interesting stories about other races and his diet.

    The appendix at the end has several recipes (get Kindle or print version for that part).

    Narration was good and it was an easy enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-02-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    ""ME, MYSELF, and I"--a better title, perhaps"

    I read "Born To Run" twice and expected this book to be similarly fun. I was sadly disappointed in several ways. This autobiographical book reveals Jurek to be a very self-adsorbed and arrogant sounding individual. The arrogance was helped along by the narrator's tone. Dunn-Baker not only mispronounced names but also relatively common words, which was difficult to overlook.

    After a brief history of a not-so-happy childhood (his mother had multiple sclerosis) and his father didn't cope well, we were led on a trip from his discovery of his running prowess to a play by play description how he won numerous races through his philosophy of life and running and through his healthy eating discoveries. As the book progressed, Jurek appeared to see himself as a nutritionist and a philosopher, and his philosophy became very prevalent and annoying toward the conclusion of the book.

    What became most irritating to me was his complete self-absorption. I am aware that athletes who want to be at the very top of their game must be compulsively single-minded in doing everything they can to excel and outdo themselves. I read and really enjoyed Apolo Ohno's book, "Zero Regrets", and never once did I feel he was arrogant or self-absorbed as he described his rise to the top of the skating world. Jurek, on the other hand, sees himself as the center of the universe.

    I would imagine this book would appeal to aspiring marathoners, particularly those who want to enter the ultra-classes. It might also appeal to athletes who are wanting to move toward more healthy eating. However, if running is not your avocation, I heartily recommend reading "Born To Run" and not wasting time or money on this book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 02-12-13
    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 02-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too Preachy"

    While I enjoyed the aspects of the narrative, all in all Scott Jurek tends to be too preachy in his approach to tell his story of being an ultimate runner.

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    John United States 07-16-12
    John United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring, but too crude for this type of a book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The message of the book is fantastic, and it has inspired me to eat better and be more fit. Unfortunately Mr. Jurek felt the need to throw in crude stories and use the "F-Word" repeatedly. I thought about recommending the book to my high school cross-country runners to inspire them, but it is too crass.


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  • Van Dieu
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    4/1/15
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    "Great listen to a fascinating character"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    His side of the "Born To Run" story, plus his wins at WS100.


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  • Robbie Bannon
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    "great book"

    Very easy listen. ..very intresting story about running and life's trials and tribulations and one very accomplished guy ...Hats of to Scott

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  • Julian
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    "Very inspiring"

    Really demonstrates the potential of the human body and mind. I would recommend this to everyone not just runners.

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    "Inspiring"

    I enjoyed the book very much but wish I had a written copy for the recipes.

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  • m
    7/20/14
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    "Awesome, intense hardcore dude"
    What did you like most about Eat and Run?

    The sheer will power and determination of one man, inspiring and remarkable what we can do as humans


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    Running through death valley, the detail of the pain and misery and suffering while being pushed to do more and then doing so


    Which character – as performed by Quincy Dunn-Baker – was your favourite?


    The main character Scott


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just all quite inspiring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • minifig
    London, UK
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    "An inspiring story"
    Would you listen to Eat and Run again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to, and why?

    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.


    Did Quincy Dunn-Baker do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you're new to running or a seasoned ultra-marathoner yourself, I think you'll find lots in this book to inspire you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Maguid
    UK
    7/5/14
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    "Extremely Inspiring"
    Where does Eat and Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Scott Jurek's tale is amazing!
    This is one of the best books I've bought on Audible. Brilliant!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nurit
    5/10/14
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    "Inspiring, not only for runners"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Griffith
    London, UK
    12/13/13
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    "Inspiring"
    If you could sum up Eat and Run in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, encouraging, realistic


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to, and why?

    I have never read another book like Eat & Run.


    What does Quincy Dunn-Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SeaEagle1453
    UK
    8/20/13
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    "An interesting insight"
    What made the experience of listening to Eat and Run the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to, and why?

    Born to run, it has that first person narrative which I found very engaging.


    What about Quincy Dunn-Baker’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of Scott's mother and his evolving understanding of why his father was the way he was.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, well read, would have liked a little more on the diet he follows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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