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Finding Ultra Audiobook

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

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.

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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)

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    Jay Sydney, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Inspiring!!"
    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An interesting book about Rich Rolls journey. Truly an awesome guy. I highly recommend checking out his podcast


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    B. P. Hoyer USA 02-26-13
    B. P. Hoyer USA 02-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    What disappointed you about Finding Ultra?

    The book reads like a shrine to Rich Roll. I expected a book on fitness and achieving something, which may be in there after the 7 hours of listening to Rich Roll tell you how many opportunities he ruined.


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    tom Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-24-13
    tom Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    This story is very compelling. An out of shape guy turning 40 changes his life becomes one of the fittest people in the world. It is a story about extremes. Rich Roll takes everything to extreme. After listening to this book I was motivated toward better health and the thought that the former athlete I used to be may still be in there somewhere. I started a modified plant based diet and feel great. I'll run my first marathon in May. This book inspired me to take action to better my life. For that its an absolute must listen. The author deciding to narrate himself sounds a little off at first but then you realize that nobody could tell this story better. The raw emotion, the ups and downs come across better when told by the person who lived it.

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    badgerfan 02-24-13
    badgerfan 02-24-13
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    "Even non-athletes will be enthralled!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Didn't compare


    What did you like best about this story?

    His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.


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

    Oh yeah


    Any additional comments?

    You will be inspired!

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    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-19-13
    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-19-13
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    "Motivational and informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Yes - hearing the author read his own story provides much more insight as to what he deems as important in his journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    When Rich almost had a heart attack going up the stairs in his house and decided it was time to change.


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    The reading was natural and smooth.


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    mlillizard 02-16-13
    mlillizard 02-16-13

    mlilllizard, 51 year old divorced female from OK

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    "What an INSPIRATION Rich Roll is!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most of my friends would enjoy an inspiring story as much as I do, did!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rich Roll! Close second is his support team, they were awsome as well.


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

    No. I'd never heard of him.


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

    No, but it did help me with my winter blahs...makes me realize how important finding ways to exercise is.


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    Nikki MINDEN, NEVADA, United States 02-14-13
    Nikki MINDEN, NEVADA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and educational!"
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    The passion and the mix of a story and dietary help.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    His fight to finish.


    What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personality


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

    Fighting back and finding peace


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    Pietro jakarta, Indonesia 02-02-13
    Pietro jakarta, Indonesia 02-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Rock and Roll"
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    I have to agree with others that the narration left much to be desired but usually when confronted with this type of problem I find if the message is worthy then I can usually ignore any shortcomings in narration and that was the case with this book. But for some it may be too much.

    Nevertheless the story is a sincere account of a man who lost his way during midlife but found it again through endurance sports. I am sure there are many similar stories but with different means to the same end. Autobiographies like this are often uplifting and this one is no exception. For sporty types it will certainly inspire many. In my case I was already well into much of what Rich Roll is advocating so the impact personally was minimal but it will be life changing for some.

    Part autobiography, part endurance training manual and part nutrition guide I was a little surprised to see so many genres in one tome. I probably would have written three separate books and who knows Rich Roll may eventually do that?

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    Annie USA 01-31-13
    Annie USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspirational but listen to in Double Time!"

    I love a classic story of overcoming and this is such a story. Sure, he clearly had some innate talent but it doesn't diminish the accomplishments. The narration was slooooooow. I almost quit listening even though I was enjoying the book overall - and then I found the X2 button. Whew!

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    Dave Rathoe, Ireland. 01-30-13
    Dave Rathoe, Ireland. 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great 3/4 the rest just misinformation."

    A very inspiring books initially and like many autobiographies a story of triumph over adversity. As the book progressed through to his veganism and his rational for choosing this lifestyle I thought I could see how this might work. The insights into his training were helpful and made sense. Then we come to the awful pseudoscience which was outrageously misinforming, followed by product placement of his and other products. This just destroyed any affinity I had for the guy. This book is a stage for the launch of Rich Rolls new career as the next smiley new celebrity diet fad guru. He may be a vegan but boy does he know how to promote cheese.

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