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Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner | [Dean Karnazes]

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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    Therese Columbia, TN, USA 05-06-07
    Therese Columbia, TN, USA 05-06-07
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    "What an Inspiration"

    This book is amazing. Dean Karnazes writes in an easy to read style and tells the suffering and pleasures of running ultra-marathons (both physical and mental.) Highly recommended.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 01-19-11
    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 01-19-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Flat"

    For some reason I expected an Ultra-athlete to be more "turned on" to life, himself, the world around him. For example, if your muscles seize up and you yak all over your steering wheel, did you do any research to find out why this happened so as to take preventative measures and share your wisdom with other runners? No. I think that's why this book comes across as self-congratulatory...lacks introspection, in my opinion. Unlike his runs, this book is flat.

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    Tim United States 11-30-10
    Tim United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "Feel Good Story"

    If you want a feel good story than this book is for you. The story is light and somewhat redundant. Just okay.

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    charles ryon Utah 10-10-07
    charles ryon Utah 10-10-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Self Congratulatory"

    As a climber and runner, I have learned separate the so called soul-riders from the ego-riders. The soul-rider doesn't have to spray about his experiences to extract richness from them. On the other hand, the ego-rider is the guy at the gym that everybody wishes to silence. I hoped to hear more perspective and insight on this man's experience instead of arrant bragging.

    7 of 25 people found this review helpful
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