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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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    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-12
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Moody, AL, United States 06-20-11
    Simon Moody, AL, United States 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 2015
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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 San Francisco, CA, United States 01-26-11
    Ivan San Francisco, CA, United States 01-26-11
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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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    Tracy Bloomingdale, NJ, United States 11-14-10
    Tracy Bloomingdale, NJ, United States 11-14-10
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    "Loved it at first..."

    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.

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    Humberto Salinas, CA, USA 05-16-10
    Humberto Salinas, CA, USA 05-16-10
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    "loved it"

    as a runner myself listining to this audio book while running made my runs easy and enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne O Canada 05-04-10
    Dianne O Canada 05-04-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "Very Inspiring and Good Book"

    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.

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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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