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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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    Robert W. Lewis Jr. 07-30-12

    Please feel free to share the best book you've ever listened to... legal analysis, trial advocacy, biographies, self help, psychology, spiritual...

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    "What an inspiring story. Guys, gals, RUN."
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Scott's wife and friend are annoying each other while helping him during the Hardrock 100. And the last race, of course.


    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?

    Wear sunscreen, not expensive running shoes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening to it for the the third time as I just went 2, then 3, then 5,5 miles in the last four days. I'm 6'4" 235 lb guy who played tight end/defensive end in college, I'm in law school now and turning 34 soon. Thanks Chris for reminding the hunter in me he loved to run. - Bobby

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    Ada Hudson, IL, United States 07-29-12
    Ada Hudson, IL, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself! I listen to books as I quilt. I enjoy historical fiction and some mystery. Some favorite authors are -- Alexander McCall Smith, Jacqueline Winspear.

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    "I've listened 3 times now!!"
    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Yes, already have 3 times and recommended to others

    Very interesting about the healthful benefits of running and how running contributes to our well being.


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

    Humans are born to run -- it completes us..... I'm not a runner although I'm seriously considering becoming one.


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    lynniemilano Italy 07-25-12
    lynniemilano Italy 07-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Hit the trail inspiration."
    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    Having lived in Chihuahua, Mexico for 3+ years in the '90s, I was thrilled at the depiction of the Copper Canyon region and the Tarahumara way of life, despite the descriptions of the many negative impacts the modern world has inflicted on both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many times this book made me laugh out loud.


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

    I am not familiar with Fred Sanders but I would definitely seek him out again - a very strong performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued by the (semi) scientific aspects of the book and was inspired to a) buy my first (but not my only) pair of barefoot shoes and b) to actually run in them... This is also one of the few books which I also own in a paperback version, as after listening to it I wanted a hard copy to refer to.

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-25-12
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A non-addicted runner's perspective"

    It's an OK listen but not a great one. To be great it would have had me anxiously waiting for my next chance to listen but that didn't happen. I learned some interesting things about running, Mexico's Copper Canyon & inhabitants but that's about it.

    I run to postpone old age more than I run to get a buzz so this review isn't tainted by a dopamine high. The book is rated very highly but I think that's got to be coming from a readership that's been drinking the Kool-Aid as they say or in this case, maybe Gatorade.

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    Jeff 07-23-12
    Jeff 07-23-12
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    "loved it"

    loved all aspects of the book. Awesome story, read well, VERY entertaining. Even learned a bit about biology in the process.

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    Hans United States 07-20-12
    Hans United States 07-20-12
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    "Inspiring"
    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    Inspiring book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The theory about human evolution; why we are born to run


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hunting for deer


    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?

    the human foot as a deadly weapon


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the book, I went straight to the store and bought a pair of Fivefinger shoes!

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    Annette EUGENE, OR, United States 07-13-12
    Annette EUGENE, OR, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2007

    I've always got at least one audio book I'm listening to. I generally listen for entertainment and education.

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    "Enjoyable for a non runner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! McDougall writes in a narrative style that it educational and interesting. The characters he develops become real people in my mind. Rather than chasing one narrative thread singularly, he diverges from the book's thesis to add other interesting facts, stories, detours, and side bars in a way that adds a lot of interest and value to the book. Meanwhile, he continues to follow the main story line that leads to barefoot running, chia seeds, and a small tribe in Mexico. Fascinating!


    What other book might you compare Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to and why?

    Shadow Divers. While Born to Run has a better reader, they both are epic and almost unbelievable tales about a really specific genre (WWII submarines and deep sea diving, and long distance running - respectively) that I knew little to nothing about but came to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy. While comprehensively researched and written, they both left me wanting more.


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    William M Bradbury II Nashua, NH USA 07-12-12
    William M Bradbury II Nashua, NH USA 07-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone should read this book"
    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?

    An inspiring and hypnotic story of a people that I'd never heard of woven together with compelling information about running shoes, human physiology and history. This book will inspire and challenge runners and non-runners alike, it's really a quite brilliant book that I was sorry to finish, but I'll just listen to it again!


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    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 07-08-12
    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 07-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gave me a new perspective on running"

    I'm a recreational runner and completly fell for this book. It not only talks about running and its different aspects but has an intriguing story behind about a people to whom running comes as natural as breathing and about a race that celebrates just that. It even made me think about changing my running style and discovering bare foot or minimalistic running.

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    RSH 07-03-12
    RSH 07-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent perspective on the sport and origin"
    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?

    Top 20


    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?

    Realizing the logic of the premise


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Silly question


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

    Another silly question


    Any additional comments?

    ???The best way people can honor (Micah True -the hero of Born to Run as "Caballo Blanco") is to donate to his charity, which benefits the Raramuri Indians (AKA Tarahumara) as did the race Micah founded. The Raramuri are barely surviving the worst drought in Mexican history".

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