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Ultramarathon Man Audiobook
Ultramarathon Man
Written by: 
Dean Karnazes
Narrated by: 
James Yaegashi
Ultramarathon Man Audiobook

Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

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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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    Dave Anthold Porter Ranch, CA, United States 03-29-14
    Dave Anthold Porter Ranch, CA, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "From Couch to 100 miles"

    Dean Karnazes is probably one of the most public figures in ultra-running. In this book, he highlights his amazing comeback to ultra-running. He tells us the only pizza place to deliver to a crossroads is Round Table Pizza. He articulates his passion for running for himself and for causes. This book is full of exciting adventures and challenges you to think about getting off of your couch and heading outside.

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    Steven Tempe, AZ, United States 12-31-13
    Steven Tempe, AZ, United States 12-31-13
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    "Entertaining and informative. Ignore the critics."
    Any additional comments?

    A lot of people have criticized this book as being "self-glorifying," but I completely disagree. The book was very human, and it is easy for the reader to relate to Dean.

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    scott Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 10-27-13
    scott Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 10-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Exactly What I Wanted From This Book"

    Some negative reviews call this a Dean Karmazes self congratulatory novel. To me this was a step by step history lesson of a man that didn't see purpose in his business life, decided to change that and turned to ultra running to get in touch with his spirituality. We are taken through his first run after the epiphany (which took him weeks from which to recover), through a number of other races where Dean discusses his self doubts and the inner being that drives him. Along the way we are introduced to a cast of memorable characters. At the end of the book you feel if Dean can do, why not me? Very inspirational.

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    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 07-24-13
    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 07-24-13
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    "Fun and inspiring story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ultramarathon Man to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Ultramarathon Man to and why?

    I read Born to Run a couple years ago and Ultramarathon Man reminds me of it. The description of the races is similar and discussions of the training routines were comparable. The format of having short stories within the master story is also a like between the two books including the details about events. The flavor of humor and awe written into the stories I think is alike between the two books as well. Overall, both were fascinating tales of a kind of life I hadn't experienced but could relate to somewhat as a runner. Born to Run I think was more enjoyable and informative but Ultramarathon Man definitely held my attention.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes and no. There were long pauses in the narration which didn't make sense. The narrator didn't always match the enthusiasm or condition of the character. On the positive side the slow pace of narration did go well with the concept of Dean running 100 mile races. A slow pace to draw out the sense of distance.


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

    Confessions of an All Night Runner


    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews for this book in advance. The more negative reviews helped to prepare me for a sometimes annoying theme of the book. Dean talks much about himself and his accomplishments and not about those of the crazy people he meets. Born to Run provided a better rounded picture of the long distance running community. That said, I don't think Dean is an egotistical power and fame hungry selfist that some of the reviews present. He's simply telling HIS story. Dean's journey is his journey and that's what's told here. It sounds sometimes like he enjoys bragging only about himself. To some extent that is ok considering what he's done. I would have enjoyed less of that tone and some more side stories about the other runners he met or competed against. To be clear though, I don't think that aspect significantly ruined the book. It gave it a more personal flare and if nothing else probably communicates the competitive psyche behind a man that pushes himself to run over 200 miles.

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    Matthew NEW CUMBERLAND, PA, United States 03-02-13
    Matthew NEW CUMBERLAND, PA, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2016

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    "I do LOVE this book!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    Dean inspired me to make the move to ultrarunning! I had been a runner and completed many races including marathons, but until I read this I did not think I was capable of running more than 26.2 miles in one shot. I have done this several times now and have my first 50 mile race in a few months. Dean is a very down to earth guy (I have met him) that tells his story of running and life. He is modest and simply wants everyone to know the joys of running and the benefits it can bring. SO inspiring!!!!

    I have listened to this book more times than I can count, all while training. When you run for four or five hours at a time, it's easy to listen to this book many times over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dean's approach to running and his ability to inspire all those around him.


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

    I have read the book and I don't know that James does bring anything unique to the story.


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

    It made me run 31 miles through the woods - jumping logs, running through streams, slopping in the mud, and dancing on rocks the whole way!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this and get outside!

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    Franny B. 12-13-12
    Franny B. 12-13-12
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    "Inspiration for running"
    What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

    I listened as I ran. Kept me going!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories are really unbelievable but told with honesty and credibility and just a bit of self deprecation as to not sound like bragging.


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

    It made me run


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    Carl-B 11-25-12
    Carl-B 11-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Karno - Running hero or madman (or both)?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a runner and marathoner, I found this book to be both enjoyable and inspirational. Dean is not the fastest or the best - he is just a man with an extreme passion for running. With that passion, he takes the reader on his journey into the world of ultramarathoning. If you are a runner you will most likely enjoy this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transformation from a working stiff to a running madman.


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

    As a runner I found this book to be an excellent source of motivation. Whenever my runs became challenging, I would simply evoke the though of "what would Dean do?"


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    Hauker San Antonio, Texas 11-17-12
    Hauker San Antonio, Texas 11-17-12

    40 something male that is too busy to read but has an hour-long work commute that offers the prefect time for audio books.

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    "Amateur Audio Editing!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story but the horrible audio editing prompted me to write a review. The pauses are so misplaced and long that you will think playback has ceased. It may seem like a small thing to complain about but for a professional production it's beyond amateur that it made it out of post production. Editors should be ashamed.

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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-29-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2013

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    "Filled with motivation, useful tips and anecdotes"
    Where does Ultramarathon Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a blend of entertaining story telling, valuable insights, and motivation, this is a solid performance. If you're listening while driving, make sure your running shoes are in the car because you'll probably pull over and start running at some point. I roughly doubled my weekly mileage after listening to this book. Karnazes is an entertaining story teller who's put up the miles and experience to have some great stories to tell.

    Sticking with the genre, probably only second to Born To Run in my eyes and even that is a close race.


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

    Probably the most entertaining moment, which is told at two points in the story, was Karnazes calling for a pizza delivery in the middle of nowhere at midnight somewhere in Napa Valley. When he goes on to explain how he'd eat while running I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard at the visualization.


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

    Laughed so hard I nearly had to pull over while driving with the visuals. Karnazes includes enough details to draw a picture in your head of the whole scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Karrnazes is an incredibly gifted runner and while he downplays this by talking about how he dropped the sport for 15 years between high school and age 30, the book really does provide a lot of motivation for those of us who are less physiologically endowed. Running is such a universal experience that I find it hard to believe anyone wouldn't be inspire to lace up their shoes after giving this a listen.

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    Sandra-D Seattle, WA 10-29-12
    Sandra-D Seattle, WA 10-29-12
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    "Narrator licking lips noises are distracting!"
    If you could sum up Ultramarathon Man in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring - astounding - awesome!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have Dean Karnazes narrate the book! I didn't notice it while listening using headphones. However while listening thru the speaker I became aware of the narrator doing something like licking his lips at the start of sentences. Some wet lip sound. Once I became aware of that it was all that I could hear and I almost didn't finish listening to the book.


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

    Yes altho I didn't have time to.


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