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Finding Ultra Audiobook

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

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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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    TM 12-11-14
    TM 12-11-14

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    First off, the author narrates the book and whilst he has a clear voice, the pace is slow and the intonation is sombre. I listened at x1.25 which made it bearable.

    I think Rich Roll is a bit disingenuous in the title he chose. I took it to mean he was finding himself athletically at age 40. But actually he was re-discovering his former awesomeness! He was a super successful competitive swimmer as a youth. So if you're an overweight couch potato, you may be looking for inspiration to go from where you are at today, to Rich Roll levels of fitness. Perhaps it is possible, but this is not such a story in my opinion.

    I furthermore think that Rich Roll is a bit of a self-promoting brand. He has nutrition products that he regularly pushes (albeit gently) throughout the book. When I googled him, it took me to a web site where you can buy his nutrition program!

    Having laid out all the negative stuff, I did find it inspiring in that he is a successful competitive athlete on a wholly plant-based diet. And he gives some useful recipes and menu suggestions for anyone wanting to go plant-based. I have leveraged some of them myself, such as avocado sandwiches and almond butter on no-flout toast - delish!

    This book is quite similar to Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. That book also has plant-based menu suggestions and so on.

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    Jan-hendrik South Africa 11-28-14
    Jan-hendrik South Africa 11-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Finding Ultra the most enjoyable?

    This is a story of true grit and overcoming adversity at an age when most would have thought they are 'past their prime'. Very inspiring and motivating!


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

    Rich Roll brings a 'realness' to the reader that is tangible. Its not a story about some gifted athlete who achieved what was to be expected. Rich's story is hard showing that he's just another guy but one who decided to swim upstream, put in the hard yards and achieve what most would call impossible.


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    Alexander 09-24-14
    Alexander 09-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    I love that Rich Roll failed his first 70.3 triathlon and went on to become an ultra athlete. So impressive.


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

    The climb by Chris Froome.


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

    A tad monotone, but the story more than made up for it.


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    Scott 08-05-14
    Scott 08-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "What a great story!"
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    The details behind the author trying to complete the Epic5 triathlon challenge!


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

    The life-steps the author had to go through to get to where he was ready to make a substantial change in his life.


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

    No. I wish the author would publish more books. If he does, I will definitely read them!


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

    This books has both moments of laughing and crying!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story, and anyone interested in motivation to make real life changing decisions should listen to this book.

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    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14
    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit of an ego trip."
    What did you like best about Finding Ultra? What did you like least?

    It's inspiring and impressive to see how someone can turn their life around and achieve remarkable feats. There is also some very useful dietary information.


    Has Finding Ultra turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    He's very good at reading his own words and I find many authors should leave the reading up to the reading pros. Taken as a whole though I found the book got to be a little too much of an ego trip. While he has plenty to be extremely proud of I felt a little more of a sense of humour would have gone a long way to making this book more enjoyable and the author more likable. Although of course he is no doubt perfectly likable in reality, he just comes across as a bit of a *%^! in writing.


    Did Finding Ultra inspire you to do anything?

    Keep on running and being weaning myself off all the foods I love, cheese and bread in particular.


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    Bookworm 05-12-14
    Bookworm 05-12-14
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    "OMG - My new hero"

    I absolutely LOVE Rich Roll and this book. I bought it on a recommendation from a triathlete coworker and I was so impressed, I bought the hardback. I can't say enough good things. This is about his transformation from an alcoholic, out of shape lawyer who ate trash to one of the fittest men in the world who cleaned up his mind and lifestyle. It's a perfect book to inspire you to become more. I can't even imagine doing the Epic 5 - 5 Ironman triathlons on 5 Hawaiian islands over 6 days. Insanity. He has a podcast and sells a few nutritional products on his Jai lifestyle website. This is a must read for every fitness advocate.

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    Vinay 04-21-14
    Vinay 04-21-14
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    "Very Inspiring story narrated beautifully"
    If you could sum up Finding Ultra in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, touching, moving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rich Roll. The book is his personal experience


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

    His emotional connect


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

    Never too late


    Any additional comments?

    Very inspiring story of Rich Roll. I am going to run my first full marathon soon. The story has acted as a dose of motivation.

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    Meg Ryan La Londe Montana 04-14-14
    Meg Ryan La Londe Montana 04-14-14
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    Would you listen to Finding Ultra again? Why?

    Rich Roll is such an amazing and inspiring athlete and individual. Loved his story! Appreciate all the info he shares about his diet, etc in the appendix.


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    Felipe Castillo Vancouver, Canada 03-29-14
    Felipe Castillo Vancouver, Canada 03-29-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Hard to relate when he was already a great athlete"
    What would have made Finding Ultra better?

    I saw the reviews and thought it will be a great book but I couldn't get pass a couple of chapters. It's extremely hard to relate when this guy was already an excellent athlete, destined for greatness and because of bad decision he slip from his path. Even though he tries to make you feel bad about him being a little antisocial or awkward, the story still makes me feel that he has it everything, he's spoiled and he doesn't realize it until he turned 40 (what a pity). Given that I'm not from the US, my background it's different where people almost never have this type of opportunities and if they did, they wouldn't let them go as easily. It almost makes me mad just listening to the story that I had to stop.
    The narrative doesn't have a lot of impact. Even though he's telling his own story, I can't fell any of the emotions he's trying to convey.


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

    He's not so bad, but I can tell this is the first time he does something like this. Like I said before, he's not good at conveying emotions, even though it's his own story.


    What character would you cut from Finding Ultra?

    The main character...


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    William 03-18-14
    William 03-18-14
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    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great story. Uplifting and real. Inspiring for my own life, especially diet.


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

    I slowly began eating more of his diet as I read and now I am vegan. The fat is leaving my body in sheets. I bought new jeans to replace my fat pants after a month and now they are falling off of me, too.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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