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Ultramarathon Man Audiobook

Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.
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Publisher's Summary

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

©2005 Dean Karnazes; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Karnazes' book is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-15-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-15-11 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "If only I had his determination..."

    It is rather motivational. Even if you never plan (or want) to run extreme distances, it does pick you up for those short runs too - i.e. if he can drag his butt through 199 miles, why can't I just finish this 5 miles?

    He is very extreme and I imagine it's a good thing there are few like him - I believe that running is good for body and soul, but don't think we should push ourselves to the extent that these extreme runners do.

    I find it amazing that he can fit a family life and a job into his reality, but he claims to do so. Makes me feel lazy with my one hour a day to hear how he runs, literally, from Friday night to Sunday evening, then goes back to work on Monday morning.

    Sigh... I really gotta keep his determination in mind when I give up on my marathon training mid-season because I find it too time-consuming. The narration is good, and there's no sense of the author being "full of himself". He has done amazing things with his body... good for him!

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    Joshua Betof 08-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story from the Heart"

    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.

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    DawgLawyer 08-15-15
    DawgLawyer 08-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Motivational and real"

    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…

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    Aisha 07-01-15
    Aisha 07-01-15
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    "A Story of What It Means to "Run From the Heart""

    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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    Jeff Arlington, VA 05-15-15
    Jeff Arlington, VA 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational"

    Hearing Dean's story, why he runs, and the trials he endured as part of all of his accomplishments was very inspiring. It makes me want to go out and run further and push myself harder every day. And I liked that he lives by one of my favorite quotes: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"

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    Judy Fishbaugh 04-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book!!!"

    Great story by a great runner and person. Very inspirational!!! Great narration. Love the quotes!! Keep on running and telling stories about it.

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    Erin 04-09-15
    Erin 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story...narration could be better"

    Narrator was a little hokey, wish Dean had narrated himself...but great story! I listened to it all in 2 days!

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    deana 02-05-15
    deana 02-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Karnazes just keeps going!"

    Enjoyed the book ultra marathon man. Dean Karnazes has quite a career ! Enjoyed knowing he runs for valuable causes not just for glory!

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    Bookworm 01-20-15
    Bookworm 01-20-15
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    "Dean is amazing"

    A wonderful true story about someone who had running talent as a boy, had his passion for running ruined by a careless comment from a mean coach, was going in a wrong direction as an adult, only to put on his running shoes in the middle of the night and not look back. He tells running stories that are almost unbelievable and definitely are inspirational.

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    Gail Elmore 11-02-14
    Gail Elmore 11-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm a runner so I really liked this!"
    What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

    His personal stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

    When he was running in the dessert.


    Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

    The main character: the author.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean K. is an amazing individual. His story is well worth listening to.

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