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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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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-29-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Filled with motivation, useful tips and anecdotes"
    Where does Ultramarathon Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sandra-D Seattle, WA 10-29-12
    Sandra-D Seattle, WA 10-29-12
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    "Narrator licking lips noises are distracting!"
    If you could sum up Ultramarathon Man in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring - astounding - awesome!


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes altho I didn't have time to.


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    Jerry Dilliard 10-17-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Your running shoe budget is going to go up!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean Karnazes comes across as if he could be any one of us. He's just a regular guy, well, sort of.


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

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Almost made me laugh myself off of the tread-mill a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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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 Member Since 2017
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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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