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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

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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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    Alix 03-25-13
    Alix 03-25-13
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    "Great book, even for a non-runner"
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    I like stories about non-mainstream people and thinking and this is certainly one. Particularly in the early days of ultra marathoning, ideas and notions about what was possible seemed to be just forming. I appreciated the references to barefoot running - such as the idea that running team's injuries increased with "better" shoes. And the stories about the tribes and what factors contributed to making them great runners and how changes in their culture affected this.

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    Jared TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Jared TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-18-13
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    "A Game Changer"
    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 never read the print. N/A


    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?

    A couple parts. The race a Leadville was very suspensful, but I would say Chapter 21 when McDougal gets into the history of the running shoe and the anatomy of the foot really drove message home for me.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Very expressive in portraying multiple characters as well as the humor in some of the delivery. He seemed very capable of conveying the authors thoughts and intentions.


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

    It made me change the way I run. It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started a movement but it's more than just a passing fad. Learning what your body is capable of and how, for the most part, we've been duped into buying foot casts for the better part of 40 years, is mind boggling. Through first hand accounts and scientific data, Christopher MCDougal weaves a tremendous story of our natural and human desire to run. This desire has been drained from us by shoe companies promising a comfortable ride. In the end we have become a nation of injuries waiting to happen. It's time to get back to our roots and run the way we we've evolved to run. I recommend this book to everyone.

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    Jonas means 03-08-13
    Jonas means 03-08-13 Member Since 2016

    Classics, productivity, travel, beach culture, family, languages, learning,sports

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    "Do it!"
    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Yes, great story and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a fantastic thirst for life these people have.


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

    Fred is awesome. Probably the best narrarator I have heard so far.


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

    Just couldnt wait for my commute to begin.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book could spark profound changes with people who need that little push to do something spectacular.

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    Amro Dubai, Jordan 03-04-13
    Amro Dubai, Jordan 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    A 30 Year old male with interests in Media, Digital Art, online businesses and running

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    "A must read, even if you don't run"
    What did you like best about this story?

    the description of the characters is amazing, you like the characters without meeting them.


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

    I think the reader brings a lot of passion into the reading of this book. his tone of voice helps set the mood right for the scenes depicted in this book


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

    It made me change my perception of human limits, I run 5 Km daily after reading this book I decided to increase my runs to 10 Km daily. and was able to do it. Got me to start exploring barefoot running.


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    T. Gagas Colorado USA 03-01-13
    T. Gagas Colorado USA 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well written and insperational...........................


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Narrative put you into the story and was very beliveable........


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none.............................................


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

    How to always keep going.........................


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Daniel Bat Yam, Israel 02-26-13
    Daniel Bat Yam, Israel 02-26-13
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    "Great book, Teaches a lot about running"
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    Great book, Learned a lot of new things about running. Have a lot of motivation thanks to this book, Thank you

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    Isaac Whiting 02-21-13
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    "One of the best and most fun books I have ever rea"
    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    It is hard to say what I loved best. It is full of useful and even life changing information if it turns out to be correct. Even if it doesn't the book was hilariously funny, super motivating and just plain fun.


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

    I laughed out loud while running every single day I listened to this book. People on the trail kept looking at me and smiling.


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    lotus kailua-kona, hi, United States 02-19-13
    lotus kailua-kona, hi, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "exciting and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book is adventurous, exciting, moving, and educational. I would recommend it to anyone that loves running and listening to the offbeat stories of those that live outside the box.


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    Rachel 02-15-13
    Rachel 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    This is one of my favorite books: it is a brilliant blend of history, intrigue, wacky characters, and superathletes. After reading this book, I just want to get outside for a run. I have listened to it several times (and read the print version too), and plan to do so again in the future. Also, Fred Sanders has a likeable and easy-to-listen-to voice that lends itself nicely to the story.


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    Justine 02-13-13
    Justine 02-13-13
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    "didn't want to stop driving"
    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 only one of the first audio books I've listened to, however I LOVED it. I've been wanting to read the book for a while now but with my commute this was a great way to go. The story sucks you in and there are a lot of details/tips/tools I found interesting as a runner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenn & Billy - they are some crazy and humorous characters.


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

    lot of laughing...


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