We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Finding Ultra Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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. Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training, Rich morphed—in mere months—from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house for a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.

How many of us take up a sport at age forty and compete for the title of the world’s best within two years? Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman World Championship competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans against each other in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. Following that test, Rich conquered an even greater one: the Epic5 Challenge—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.

This is more than an inside look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats or a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich’s account rivets and instructs, providing information that will be invaluable to anyone who wants to change their physique; but this book is most notable as a powerful testament to human resiliency, for as we learn early on, Rich’s life has posed numerous physical and social challenges, including a fierce battle with alcoholism.

Ultimately Finding Ultra is a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges us to rethink what we’re capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to “go for it.”

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Richard David Roll (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“You walk away from reading this book knowing you have the total power to transform your life on every level…Roll is immensely likeable, a most compelling storyteller, and a true shaman of health and fitness!” (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author)

“Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle, break down walls, and redefine what's possible.” (John Brenkus, creator and host of ESPN’s Sport Science and New York Times best-selling author)

“I loved this. A rare book, unusual for its honesty and willingness to bare all, that really does deserve such superlatives as ‘riveting’ and ‘compelling.’ I was moved by watching Roll conquer his demons and felt privileged to share in his eventual enlightenment. By laying it on the line, Roll absolutely wins us over.” (Rip Esselstyn, New York Times best-selling author)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (2007 )
5 star
 (1103)
4 star
 (577)
3 star
 (235)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (35)
Overall
4.3 (1807 )
5 star
 (1030)
4 star
 (477)
3 star
 (205)
2 star
 (66)
1 star
 (29)
Story
4.2 (1805 )
5 star
 (871)
4 star
 (547)
3 star
 (261)
2 star
 (85)
1 star
 (41)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 03-12-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 03-12-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic book for any keen runner!"
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    I loved how inspirational it was and I learnt a lot about running and nutrition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was easy to relate to, even if you're not an ultra or even marathon runner. I liked getting running and training tips from the book. I like how he describes how he thinks about running at the beginning and then how that changes compared to (now) when he knows a lot more.


    Which character – as performed by Rich Roll – was your favorite?

    Rich Roll.. main and pretty much only character.


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

    No crying, but there were a few laughs here and there.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part autobiography, but also a good introduction to plant based and nutrition diet introduction and manual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 02-07-14
    Michelle Perth, Western Australia 02-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Just love books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    108
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    163
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Biography"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. Rich Roll's journey from alcoholism to endurance athlete at the age of 42. He accounts some great stories and offers listeners a glimpse into his ultra healthy lifestyle, determined discipline and the rewards that has brought him. Worth the listen for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 01-14-14
    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 01-14-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiring and full of useful information"
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    The details of his diet. He summarized well including scientific reasoning for what he eats and why. I took long notes about his food and drink choices and did further research about it on my own. While the story was inspiring and fun to hear, it's the diet information that I've continued to put to work each week.


    What other book might you compare Finding Ultra to and why?

    I'd slightly compare this to Scott Jurek's book Eat & Run. Mainly because of the blend between his personal life and his eating life. Both overcame some heavy life stuff to become awesome athletes and both espouse similar healthy eating plans.


    Have you listened to any of Rich Roll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I can't offer comparison here.


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

    No. It's plenty long enough to listen to over days. Plus I waned to think about what he did before continuing so I could wrap my mind around his accomplishments. In addition, taking notes and doing follow on research about his diet assertions was helpful to me getting the most from this audiobook. This required time and I would have missed much by cranking through it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Humble and filled with details. This was well worth the money and time. In fact, I bought a Vitamix blender after hearing what Rich could do with one. Next to entering an Ultra-man race I'd say this book was very impactful on me and could be for others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 12-15-13
    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Impressive man, impressive story!"

    This was a very nice autobiography/memior, made more special because it was narrated by the author. Did I leave it thinking "well if he can do it, I can too?" No. But am I impressed with him? Yup!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    hilary San Francisco, USA 10-13-13
    hilary San Francisco, USA 10-13-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Self-Aware & Honest - perhaps some bad science"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Finding Ultra. Unlike many of the other reviews, I did not find it self serving and egotistical. Rather quite self aware, open and honest. The description of the ultimate challenge (5 iron men in 5 days) was particularly self-aware and quite inspiring. Rich had no problem delving into his failings in some detail, concentrating however, on how he had found ways to struggle past them.
    Rich Roll talks about finding his way out of alcoholism with some "belief" and this, along with some (though not all) of the "science" behind his diet choices is a bit jarring for me. As a dedicated rationalist, I find these things do not mesh with my world view, however, it is clear that they have worked for Rich and helped him fight and vanquish his demons. So they add value to the book - despite my discomfort :)
    A life-long vegetarian/almost vegan, Finding Ultra and Eat and Run have helped me get back into long distance running and concentrate more closely on my fuel. Including learning to eat real food during a run.
    All and all a good listen, inspirational and Rich's performance reading is very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James 08-19-13
    James 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    62
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth reading!"
    If you could sum up Finding Ultra in three words, what would they be?

    Motivational Fitness Journey


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author gives a first hand account of how he transformed his life from an overweight middle-aged ex alcoholic, to one of the fittest men in the world.


    Which character – as performed by Rich Roll – was your favorite?

    Rich


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

    Yes, it definitely hits you when you realize the personal sacrifices made in not only transforming oneself to over come alcoholism, but also the training and discipline needed to be a world-class athlete.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't get this because of mixed reviews but I am glad I did. I would consider this a must-read for an endurance athlete but it's also very motivating to most people, I would think. Rich takes us through his personal journey from being an alcoholic slacker in college and how that nearly ruined his life, to a world-class athlete.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Reader / writer. @timosolo

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspirational"
    Have you listened to any of Rich Roll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to most of Rich Roll's podcasts, so it was great to hear his familiar voice reading his own book. I really appreciate writers who have the guts to read their own book, and in this case it makes the story much more personal and involving.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kate guilford, ct, United States 07-08-13
    kate guilford, ct, United States 07-08-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "it was hooked at chapter one."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a plant based believer and a iron woman want-to-be by the end of the preface!

    as an athlete who has not always been an athlete - and who has overcome the marathon of life prior to falling in love with running/outdoor adventure sports - I felt like this was my story filled with hope and excitement!!

    best quote: "my body was humming with excitement and possibility"

    and that's how I felt every chapter...


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    he is genuine and practical.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Claremont, South Africa 06-30-13
    Michael Claremont, South Africa 06-30-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book....but"

    I really found this book most enjoyable and inspiring. Being read by the author (who does an excellent job of it) also given credibility. It would be great, however, if the appendices with Rich's recipes etc could be made available as a pdf for download because those elements of the book don't lend themselves to audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charlotte Saint Louis, MO, United States 09-21-12
    Charlotte Saint Louis, MO, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    50
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing!"

    So inspiring it makes you want to pull off the road while listening, strap on some running shoes and take the highway on two legs! Rich Roll honestly narrates his own book and has amazing depth and emotion throughout. We experience his awesome highs and his tragic lows. We cheer him on as he completes the Epic 5, and feel his wife's support and his resolution to stay sober. What an amazing book! I'll listen to it again if I start to lack gym motivation and I'll always here his voice in my head when I want to quit. "When you think you're done, your body is only at 40%, it's your mind that's holding you back." (or something to that effect). Absolutely incredible!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Helen
    Leicese, United Kingdom
    10/13/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tedious"
    Would you try another book written by Rich Roll or narrated by Rich Roll?

    No. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time as my husband has been wanting to get fit and I thought it sounded inspiring. However I felt the narration was monotonous and boring. I stuck it out until the end but it was a hard slog a bit like Rich Rolls ultra man challenges. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary detail about his school days which seemed to go on and on until I got to the information I wanted to find out - how he got fit, what he ate etc. But it was all read with such a dull voice, even when he had achieved his goals there seemed to no excitement in his voice. I do admire his achievements though they were very impressive. I would have liked to know how his wife felt being stuck at home with the kids on a budget while Rich Roll continued to seek the next challenge, never seeming to be satisfied.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Relief


    What didn’t you like about Rich Roll’s performance?

    Narration


    Did Finding Ultra inspire you to do anything?

    Eat more healthily


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • amie
    4/21/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "enjoyed"

    Enjoyed it. love the mind-set of ultra marathon runners. wish I had the commitment. would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig Williams
    3/8/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This guy is incredible and an inspiration. "

    Amazing. Loved every word. His story is inspirational in rejecting the norm. Some dietary information may not be 100% as per the current studies, but the rest is divine listening.

    For vegans, reformers, runners, fitness, health interests, challenges and people who generally like uplifting life changing epiphanies as told by those to which it has happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oxford, UK
    3/1/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Green power !"

    Enjoyed listening to Rich's laconic Californian voice. Very inspiring and left me wanting to sort my diet out.
    Remember it's not easy - that's why it's called a challenge!

    Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terranovav8
    12/5/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliant book. Inspiring for any middle age person looking for a change in lifestyle and habits.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true zero to hero story. Inspiring story from all angles of a guy who brought himself back from nothing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Recount of the Big 5 was a highlight


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat
    10/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Finding Ultra"

    Found it to be a very good book, provides insight to the mental struggle with life and training, and sound nutrition advise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    9/26/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very inspertional"
    If you could sum up Finding Ultra in three words, what would they be?

    Organic inspiring real


    Any additional comments?

    His life in early years with alcohol was very similar to mine and I hope to try and emulate on how he turned it around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • YorkshireVegan
    9/20/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great story and an inspiring read"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to Rich Roll's podcast for quite a few years, but to hear his own story in full has been both enjoyable and inspiring. The lifestyle tips in this book are also very good and he supports a great cause (veganism) through his athletic achievements. His story is rich (ahem) and engaging, taking various twists and turns but arriving at a satisfying conclusion that makes you want to put your trainers on and get outside, get it done, and keep improving every day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    8/19/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiring Story"

    I'm a big fan of Rich Roll podcast and I knew most part of the story before listening the audio book. However, it is a very well told story and it hasn't deceived me. It also gives very helpful tips for sport endurance performance whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or meat eater. Finally, the fact that Rich himself reads it adds an extra bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    8/4/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book !!"

    Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend and also Rich Roll's Podcasts and website.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.