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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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    Immalee Sai Kung, Hong Kong 11-26-12
    Immalee Sai Kung, Hong Kong 11-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Turns out I listen better than I read.

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    "My 75 year old mother started running"

    This book packs a real story, real-life modern personalities and useful information into a great read - one of those 'can't put down' reads. I probably listened to this book faster than any other. My 75 year old mother, began running, for the first time in her life, after reading it within a week on Kindle. To say that it is well written is an understatement - it is perfectly written in every dimension possible, and it's funny. This book got me running again.

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    lorib 11-25-12
    lorib 11-25-12
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    "Just what I needed"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    This book is interesting, engaging and an overall reminder of what motivates me to run. Since my early twenties I've been through various stages in my life compelling me to run anywhere between 10 and 100 miles per week...I never feel better than when I am making time for high miles. I have not personally met another person who shares this passion. This book has helped me discover a new motivation to get out there and keep running.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Form and posture. How important it is to run the right way.


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    Quentin 10-30-12
    Quentin 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"
    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?

    The audio version is very well performed and the story works well in audio format.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    The narration is clear and spoken in a natural voice


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting a lot more information about minimalist (no shoes) running: physiology, anatomy, injury statistics, etc. As the book's cover says, this is a story about atheletes and a race. It was less inspiring than I expected and I got bored of the drawn-out story. However, many of my friends recommend this book highly.

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    Drew METAMORA, IL, United States 10-12-12
    Drew METAMORA, IL, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "An Amazing Story but a true Storyteller"

    I listened to this book on my way to work and back each day. I looked forward to my commute because I was pulled into the narration, the people, their lives, and how it all weaved together into a fascinating tale about who we are as people. I goes well beyond running -- into philosophy, who we are as people, and what can make us extraordinary. I recommend this book to anyone.

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    Patrick Sigigen, Switzerland 09-25-12
    Patrick Sigigen, Switzerland 09-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Motivating"
    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?

    A bit like an ultra run itself, it states the point over and over again, BUT that point is really worth it!


    Would you recommend Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to your friends? Why or why not?

    Anyone who feels they love running more than they actually do it.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Wow!


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

    It's quite an easy book to put aside for a few days and pick up right where you were.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it

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    Luis 09-18-12
    Luis 09-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It got me pretty motivated for my training!"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    It's a great book full of good stories as well as great data nuggets. A very good read in general, a great read for all runners and a must read for people who want to run injury free.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The narration of the different races. Specially The Leadville 100's


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

    Emotion


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    Shane 09-18-12
    Shane 09-18-12
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    "GREAT story, with excellent info throughtout!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, awesome story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The new perspective it brings to something that we have all done for our entire lives.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    Susan E. Chariker Washington,DC 09-18-12
    Susan E. Chariker Washington,DC 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read and I do not run - ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was excellent. A little anthropology, a little science and a great story. I did love the iconoclastic portions - all the silliness that "Marketing" has made us believe (shame on us) to take our money. There is something in this book for everyone and I don't run, ever!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    The part about how they got very drunk the night before a 100 mile run. Who would do that?


    Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Fred Sander's read before but I will be on the lookout for his narratives. His performance was right on target!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Never pay more than $60.00 for running shoes. Expensive shoes are highly correlated with running injuries.


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    Kat Taylor Utah 09-18-12
    Kat Taylor Utah 09-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Buddahkat

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    "Great book for runners and a great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they liked running.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it kept my attention and was very interesting and informative


    Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes


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    Michael G. Maudlin Wheaton, IL United States 09-12-12
    Michael G. Maudlin Wheaton, IL United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Even better than I expected"

    I was looking forward to reading this but I had thought it was mostly a narrative that really sold the barefoot running idea. But it turns out that is only one part of a very human and unexpected story. Very inspiring--now I want to run fifty miles (even though I have never run longer than a half marathon!).

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