©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)
It's an entertaining story. I thought it was pretty cool for someone to run so many ultramarathons starting in his 30's. It gave me hope to pick up running again.
Dean Karnazes was so full of himself in parts of the story that the material could be considered for a very funny SNL skit. If this book turns you off of ultramarathon running, you should pick up a copy of
Give Me More
Born to Run; a friend told me Ultra Marathon Man was better, he was right.
Running around the world naked.
Hungry Runner, Please Feed
An Information Systems Analyst involved in setting up new businesses.
Got annoyed with the narrators slow pace and long pauses so set the speed to 2x and recommend you try it. It makes the book seem much more lighthearted and, whether you run or not I am sure you will really enjoy it.
The book is funny at times and doesn't take itself too seriously, great fun. Read 'The Long Run' recently, which is also really good but completely different, and this helped me get over the stress :)
This has been one of the best books I've listened too. Now that I finished it, I'm starting to run and even thinking about training for a marathon. I loved his tips on every chapter. I hope his most recent book ends up on audible soon.
Motivational for any Ultra Person in any field. Makes you want to push past what ever limit your currently at. Ends up affecting all parts of your life!!
I gave it a good rating because it gives Dean's full story from the humble beginnings of his life running, why he stopped, and what made him pick it up again. It made him "human", which contradicted the feedback of others and how inflated he became. I don't want to say he became "inflated" per se, but the challenges he took on as he took on after the Western States 100 (that part I loved to listen to by the way!) those unheard of challenges made a listener feel out of touch as the book went on. I did not finish it.
Dianne in Canada
Very inspiring, great narrator. I was only disappointed that Dean didn't reveal more about his daily nutrition when he's training. He didn't really talk all that much about what he eats...at least not in any detail that it was helpful. Great book anyway and very inspirational.
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.
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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