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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.
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Publisher's Summary

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence.

With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a 50-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons.

Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

©2009 Knopf; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history....[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down....The climactic race reads like a sprint....It simply makes you want to run." (Outside Magazine)
"Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (The Irish Times)
A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-07-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"

    Really enjoyed this book. Entertaining, funny, and informative. True events and characters told well. Hope McDougall writes more.

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    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 02-06-13
    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 02-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent in January mulling over the desire to get a resolution under way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher McDougall? Why or why not?

    Sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 3 in the second download portion is really where I would suggest starting to listen. But the chapters don't match what iTunes indicates. They should really sort this out with all of the downloaded versions.


    Could you see Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Made for TV movie.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

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    Amazon Customer 02-03-13
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    "Fantastic story telling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was fun and informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick just one, there are so many likable positive folks in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    Caballo Blanco, for the element of mystery.


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

    Secrets of the Canyons


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    Nighet Oak Park, IL, United States 01-31-13
    Nighet Oak Park, IL, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "makes you feel like running"
    If you could sum up Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen in three words, what would they be?

    amazing


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    that it is about real people you have never heard of who do some amazing things just for love or just because
    also I really appreciated the interviewing of both business economic issues and the scientific issues


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    Harvey 01-30-13
    Harvey 01-30-13
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    "Outstanding! A must listen for anyone!"
    Where does Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audio book thus far. It is GREAT!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, great characters, engaging and inspiring as well as informative. Loved it!


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Well delivered. Kept me engaged and kept the story moving.


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

    Yes. I will also likely listed to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this to a number of people. It really deserves the incredible praise it has received. I had VERY high expectations and the book exceeded them.

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    Matthew 01-25-13
    Matthew 01-25-13
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    "Good story, little heavy on sermonizing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different stories of all the runners.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    Liked them all.


    If you could give Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Story of great runners with some personal health ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening too. Very good reader!

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    Ursula 01-21-13
    Ursula 01-21-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wow! A perspective altering book!"

    Several of my friends had encouraged me to read this book, but I was convinced that I belonged to another species, one that was NOT born to run! But there has been something which fascinated me about running, despite my dislike of it, and so I capitulated and listened to this book. Wow! It was just incredible! It is very well written and researched and communicates a knowledge about running, ultramarathons, evolution, our bodies, mindfulness, compassion and love. I enjoyed every minute of this book, it was so well narrated by Fred Sanders who brought it the energy and excitement with which it ought to be read! I was convinced, I too am born to run!

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    Michael RISING FAWN, GA, United States 01-21-13
    Michael RISING FAWN, GA, United States 01-21-13
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    "Fantastic Choice!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a runner coming back from an injury and I absolutely love this book. I listen to audio books while I run and this was the perfect choice. It's very positive and motivational. I also enjoy the narration. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book.

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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-13-13
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "A Passionate Read"

    Wow! 3 days ago I had no idea I would be so hooked by this story. I am not a runner and wasn't in my plans reading about it. I exercise almost daily, but that was not the motive I read this book. I was looking at another listener's page, and saw this wonderful review about "Born To Run". Then, suddenly, instead of reading the 5 books that were already on my library, I bought this one and put in the top of the list. In 2 days I was finished. And, I miss this book already. I could feel the writer's heart pounding when I was reading it, the intense, passionate feelings about ultramarathon. I bought chia. It made me rethink about nike and, for the first time, I thought about running barefoot (or almost)....
    Great book. Buy it. Read it.

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    Mr Islesboro, Maine 01-10-13
    Mr Islesboro, Maine 01-10-13
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    "Simply Outstanding!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to be better than the print version?

    I cannot say. I have only listened to the audio version. However I suspect that it is every bit as good, and probably slightly better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Caballo Blanco. I had tears in my eyes when his crazy idea came to fruition. I felt like I could share his obvious elation.


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

    Again, hard to judge not having read the book. However I am English, so I loved his American accent which suited this tale perfectly as the crazy disparate and wonderul Americans went into Mexico for the race.


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

    Born To Run - Prepare to be inspired and have your spirits raised like never before!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not praise this book highly enough. Even as a non-runner I was gripped from the first page. The writing is somewhat journalistic, but that really works when listening in the car.

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