©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)
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?)!
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.
Dean Karnazaes is a character that amazes me.
They did make it. It was the section of the movie Forrest Gump where he runs until he gets kinda tired.
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
Someone who falls asleep whilst reading, and stays awake when listening. Discovering the classics and sci-fi my young mind missed.
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.
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