©2005 Dean Karnazes; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"Karnazes' book is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike." (Kirkus Reviews)
Loved this story!! Had heard him speak on a podcast and find him very humble and down to earth. Loved hearing his share his story of his running journey. So inspirational!!
I have not read the print version, so I cannot say.
Dean, as this book is about him. His wife comes in close 2nd!
Both, laughed at the "projectile vomit". Cried at Dean finishing the 200 mile run for a little girl.
Great story, makes me want to run more.Only issue I had was with the long breaks between chapters.
No. Though there was interesting stuff in the book, you had to slog through hours of hearing about what kind of car Dean drives, how much money he makes, the fact that he wears tailored suits, that he partied all the way through college and "accidentally" become valedictorian, etc. The narrator is so bad, he makes me wish audible had a feature that would filter out certain narrators from my search results. He sounds like he is a high school kid being made to read aloud in front of the class.
The fact that so much of it was spent telling the reader how amazing he, the author, is. When other reviewers said he was self-congratulating, I thought, "well it is hard to say I set a new world record without sounding that way in an autobiography." But self-congratulating does not begin to describe this guy. The book is replete with stories of people being amazed at what a great father he is, thrilled by his wit, and amazed at his humility. (I am not making that up.)In his defense, I will say that though he is totally, unapologetically arrogant, I do believe that some of the glib remarks were meant to be humorous, but the narrator so utterly fails to pull it off, they just make him sound even worse.Also, be aware that this book is completely devoid of any meaningful training tips or running strategies, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere.I will say that after the first third of the book, when he gets to his description of running the Western States 100, the story does get more interesting, but he is just hard to take. And between that and the narrator, the unsuspecting listener is in for some punishment.
As I mentioned above, this narrator sounds like a high school kid reading for his class. Though he has inflection in his tone, it is not used to properly emphasize or heighten the drama. Also, the listener is treated to many pauses where the only sound is his lip smacking and swallowing.Additionally, though it is a minor gripe, periodically throughout the recording, there is a sound in the background like he is recording in a typing pool.
Not a chance.
If you are looking for books about Ultra-running or Ultra-runners, I recommend both Scott Jurek's Book, and Rich Roll's book far above this one. Not only are they full of useful information for runners, but they leave you with a respect for the authors that this one absolutely does not.
Great story of why and how Dean runs. It highlights the Western States 100, Badwater, a South Pole Marathon, and a 200 mile relay ran solo. Lots of inspiration from the heart.
Karno's book isn't overly flowery, but it's just what I needed. Dean's story reminded me that testing my limits and a perfect way to remind me that I'm still alive! I can't wait it to go put my running shoes on…
If you've ever wondered -- as I have:
"Why would anyone want to run great distances?"
"Are those people just immune to pain?"
Or, "What does it really take to complete an ultra marathon?"
This book not only helps to answer those questions, but tells it through the eyes, heart, mind, and body of one of the most heroic ultra marathon runners alive.
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