©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)
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.
Dean's approach to running and his ability to inspire all those around him.
I have read the book and I don't know that James does bring anything unique to the story.
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!
Get this and get outside!
I listened as I ran. Kept me going!
The stories are really unbelievable but told with honesty and credibility and just a bit of self deprecation as to not sound like bragging.
It made me run
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.
The transformation from a working stiff to a running madman.
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?"
40 something male that is too busy to read but has an hour-long work commute that offers the prefect time for audio books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspiring - astounding - awesome!
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.
Yes altho I didn't have time to.
Yes, I would absolutley recommend this book to all of my running friends. We've all gotten too accustomed to the 5k or 10k run. Even those of us who have conquered the marathon seem to be preprogrammed to stop when the race is over. What if we just kept on running? Dean's book gives us some insight into that "what if" question.
Dean Karnazes comes across as if he could be any one of us. He's just a regular guy, well, sort of.
First time I've listened to James Yaegashi. He did an excellent job. No complaints what-so-ever. I'll be loooking forward to his next narration!
Almost made me laugh myself off of the tread-mill a couple of times.
Listening to this book seems to give you license to remove the mental limits to what you can achieve in a pair of running shoes!
This book is entertaining, fun, pleasant to listen to and passionate. Karnazes expresses intense passion sometimes that catches you by surprise, which adds a lot of depth. If you are looking for deep lessons of society, good and evil, state and human nature, listen to something like War & Peace, but if you are able to appreciate simple truths, heart-felt expression, lessons on never giving up on your dreams and having the kind of attitude that fosters success against immeasurable odds, this book is for you.
This book gives all perspective on what a human can accomplish if they want to try hard enough. This example leans heavily on physical accomplishment but can be taken as inspiration toward any achievement.
Dean's ability to write about something he loves as well as inspire the common man. You could argue that Dean has a special physical gift but more likely he has an ability to use his brain and his heart to achieve what most would not dare to do. I also like Dean's strong relationship with his family and is desire to help others while doing something he truly loves.
I did not feel like I was being read to but more that a story was being told to me. Some of the pauses were a bit long but once I got used to that all was great.
Not sure if I'd consider the audio edition of Ultramarathon Man better than the print version since I haven't read the print version.
My favorite character, of course, was Dean since the book is all about him. :)
I thought the man, James Yaegashi, who read the book did a great job of making the book come alive (if it's possible to make running through the desert, mountains, Antarctica, etc. any more exciting).
If I were to make a film of this book, the tag line would be... "One mans journey running further than he ever dreamed possible making youself question, 'Can I run farther, pushing myself beyond what I think is possible?'"
The only disappointing about this book was how quickly it ended. I devoured this book in the span of 2 and a half days! A GREAT, inspirational, easy read (or is it listen?)!
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