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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
Written by: 
Christopher McDougall
Narrated by: 
Fred Sanders
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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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    Sharon United States 01-02-13
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    "Makes you realize we were ALL honestly Born To Run"
    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again. Everything about it appeals to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is amazingly educational while telling a fascinating story. Also I have done a lot of hiking and backpacking and can easily relate to the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to say which scene is my favorite. The story goes from one great tale to another.


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

    Sure, but there is a lot to be savored and not rushed through.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book and had read it three or four times before buying it on Audible. I have had some other experiences where a favorite book was not a good listen because of the performance. This time I was very glad I decided to listen. The performance was just right so I now have a great way to continue enjoying one if my favorite books.

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    Katherine 12-20-12
    Katherine 12-20-12 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks! They allow me to do my daily chores and get a book read at the same time.

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    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed listening to his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    It makes you remember why you ran in the first place. I think many people forget and then running becomes just another task to do on their long list. Barefoot running; very enjoyable but have only done 10 mile runs like this. I have noticed starting to feel fatigue and then not lifting my feet all the way up and ending up with a sprained/stubbed great toe. Ouch!

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    Lisa M. Ray 12-14-12
    Lisa M. Ray 12-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    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 narrator did an excellent job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so interesting AND informative, but told as a story. I was expecting more of a "how to" book, so I was initially disappointed when the author was telling all of these stories about people. Then it all came together and it was incredible. I'm listening to it a 2nd time now.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book changed my life. I recommend this book to anyone that is a runner at all, but especially if you have experienced injuries from running.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Surprised to Love It"

    Even if you aren't a runner (which I'm not), Born to Run is a really enjoyable read. Part medical/fitness book, part anthropological study, part evolutionary history, and all great story telling, Born to Run starts off as a compelling story and just keeps you turning pages until the end. The performance was quite good too. Who knew we were all Born to Run?

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    Bram Bertem, Belgium 12-11-12
    Bram Bertem, Belgium 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging read"

    This is a book I never wanted to stop listing to. The story was well told, engaging and well narrated.

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    Vas Port Moody, BC 12-11-12
    Vas Port Moody, BC 12-11-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Born to run rules!"
    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    Great characters and race descriptions. As a trail racer, this was an exciting listen. It's also a true story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Scot Jurek


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    OK


    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?

    A great book for runners


    Any additional comments?

    This was a bargain. Now I want to go for a run!

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    kabnot dev~ France 12-03-12
    kabnot dev~ France 12-03-12
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    "The book which changed my runner mind forever"
    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    I've listened to this audio book twice and I'm gonna listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book reconciled me with my natural form of running.


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

    Fred Sanders bring real life to a story which otherwise would sound more technical.


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

    This book made me change my 120$ running shoes for cheap 12$ walking flats and run more per week without any injuries than ever.


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    Ryan United States 12-01-12
    Ryan United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.

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    "If you run listen to this book."
    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?

    In the top 2


    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 description of the race


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

    I have not but his performance was excellent.


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

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book. My 6 year old daughter even enjoyed listening to this book with me. One night we sat and did small tasks for 4 hours and listed to this book the whole time. If you run at all, or even if you don't, I would say this is a must download.

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    George Devidze Indiana 11-29-12
    George Devidze Indiana 11-29-12 Member Since 2015

    George

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    "Motivational"
    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?

    Getting back to the basics of running and re-learning to run as our ancestors did centuries ago.


    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 final race


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

    The last chapter


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

    Running around the world


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    corinna Houston, TX, United States 11-28-12
    corinna Houston, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Yes!


    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 evidence.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant


    Any additional comments?

    A little confusing in its ambition in the beginning but still a must read for a runner.

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