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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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    Melcus & Addi 09-15-12

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    "Entertaining, fun read"
    What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

    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.


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    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring"
    What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    CaliGal 05-25-12
    CaliGal 05-25-12
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    "Get's Me Thinking... Ultras For Me Maybe?!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ultramarathon Man to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character, of course, was Dean since the book is all about him. :)


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

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

    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?'"


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Crystal 01-31-12
    Crystal 01-31-12
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    "Think of it as an Adventure Novel"

    This is a great adventure novel. The story starts out a bit slow but stick with it and by the end you'll love it. The performance is excellent.

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    Amazon Customer United States 01-30-12
    Amazon Customer United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Listen to while running...Preferrably a Marathon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ultramarathon Man to be better than the print version?

    Reading this book while sitting down in a chair is just wrong. The only way to do justice to it is to listen to it while moving. I loved every second of it.


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

    Dean Karnazaes is a character that amazes me.


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

    They did make it. It was the section of the movie Forrest Gump where he runs until he gets kinda tired.


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    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining but a bit Selfish to say the least"
    What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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


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    Kate MAYNARD, MA, United States 12-10-11
    Kate MAYNARD, MA, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Dean Karnazes Is A Lunatic, Give Me More"
    If you could sum up Ultramarathon Man in three words, what would they be?

    Give Me More


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

    Born to Run; a friend told me Ultra Marathon Man was better, he was right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Running around the world naked.


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

    Hungry Runner, Please Feed


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    Simon 06-20-11
    Simon 06-20-11 Member Since 2014

    An Information Systems Analyst involved in setting up new businesses.

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    "Great book"

    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 :)

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    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 06-03-11
    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it. Loved it. Loved it."

    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.

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    ivan ilnicki 01-26-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Dean is the Man."

    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!!

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