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Born to Run: Audiobook

Born to Run:: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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.
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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 ultra runners 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 Christopher McDougall (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Hugely entertaining.... One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (Times)

"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)

A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)

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    Kathryn 07-12-15
    Kathryn 07-12-15
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    "A captivating story"

    Spellbinding. Brilliantly narrated. Extremely interesting links between evolution, psychology and running. I couldn't stop listening.

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    sarndra Kennedy 02-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"
    Where does Born to Run: rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What other book might you compare Born to Run: to and why?

    For me its out on its own


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    He portrayed the characters well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reece 05-29-14
    Reece 05-29-14
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: the most enjoyable?

    A great read; entertaining, insightful, funny, and factual. I would recommend this book to even non-runners.


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    Edgette 05-01-14
    Edgette 05-01-14
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    "Runners read this!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, but I really love running. It is full of interesting theories and facts and really inspiring to get out there and run, just run. It also has some great stories to be told along the way. Highly recommended, especially if you have an interest in running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-14-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 04-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book for runners!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have already done so! It's got lots of great information about running & nutrition!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked it for all the practical tips I got out of it. It had a lot of 'think more about this' stuff in there. Even if you don't choose to take it all for gospel, it's good to have a think about. Also there were so many inspiring stories throughout the book.


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

    I liked Jenn Shelton.. due to she was younger, funny and relatable.


    If you could give Born to Run: a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why go barefoot?


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I felt it a bit hard to concentrate when the book jumps quickly from story to story. But could have just been me.

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    Tim Bendigo, Australia 02-15-14
    Tim Bendigo, Australia 02-15-14
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    "The journey, not just the destination"
    If you could sum up Born to Run: in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, Facts, Options


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barefoot Ted


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

    Allows me to be on the move


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

    Made me curious


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the creative journey of the book, having just got into long distance running I am digesting a lot at the moment..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 07-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Reader / writer. @timosolo

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    "Non Fiction that reads like Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    Hard to say more than the other reviews. This book changed my view of running, and opened up a new world of ultra running that I never knew existed. Great read for anyone wanting to be inspired to put on those running shoes (or take them off as the case may be ;)

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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Revive your motivation to run and get fit."
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The various characters were very interesting. You got to know each one in this book well and the story for each character was told really well. The intertwining of some science was cleverly done.


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

    Humans were meant to move! And humans were meant to move bare foot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 02-20-13
    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 02-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Scott E Bales

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    "Brilliant. Inspiring. Let's Go Running"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: to be better than the print version?

    Loved... cause I could listen while running


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eye opening, inspiring. Story line and background flowed well


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

    A great voice selection, a voice that you could relate to


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

    Let's go running


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jess Christchurch, New Zealand 11-05-12
    Jess Christchurch, New Zealand 11-05-12
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    "Awesome Book!"
    Where does Born to Run: rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audible book I've listened too and absolutely loved it. So easy to sit outside on a sunny day 'reading' a book while having lunch and watching the surrounds. So sad to hear it end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the whole story, didn't find it boring one bit.


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

    No I haven't so hard to compare.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, I was recommended it by a friend and would happily recommend it to friends :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Liam Tivey
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    10/10/15
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    "Excellent"

    Really enjoyed this audio book.

    Great story and very motivational, very well narrated and excellently written.

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  • Mr
    10/9/15
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    "Brilliant!!"

    I absolutely loved it. It is a brilliant and inspiring story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who run or are thinking of running.

    I laughed out loud and cried through the book. The running science touched on is fascinating.

    It has inspired me to try barefoot running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KennethO'Rourke
    7/20/15
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    "Entertaining but sometimes seemed a bit phony.."

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. The author seemed to use poetic license to dramatize events which really didn't require embellishment. At times however he captures the spirit of the sport very beautifully. I have since read that some athletes who were characterised in the book later expressed their displeasure with the author's characterisation of them. Anyway, I will be feeling infinitely more guilty about my modern lazy lifestyle, and for that the author is to be commended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marc jones
    7/20/15
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    "Amazing"

    What an amazing story if you want to be inspired get this book great story with real people

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  • Mr. S. T. Willey
    Near Chester
    7/19/15
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    "Enlightening"

    A great listen and some enlightening information concerning the development of barefoot running. I have been suffering from various running injuries, switched to minimal shoes after listening to this and have had no injuries since! It's also a great story and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runner Moo
    7/17/15
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    "A great listen"

    I like to run and I found it a brilliant story and I didn't want it to end.
    Great narration by Fred

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Bradley
    7/17/15
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    "Interesting and inspiring"

    The story of a secret Mexican running tribe, their 'crazy' friend and his dream of the greatest ultra race the world would never see is an enchanting and inspiring tale for any runner. Lots of interesting ideas to try out in training too. Left my feet itching to get back on the trail!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pm
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/4/15
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    "Not just for runners"

    Fabulous and inspiring with great characters and well narrated. I now need to get his other book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • neil
    6/17/15
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    "Excellent!"

    Interested in ultra running them this book is a must! Changed everything about how I look at my running! 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • derek ryan
    5/16/15
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    "Brilliant"

    A few books over the years have changed the direction that my life has taken.
    "The beach" had me backpacking across Southeast Asia and Australia for a year. "into the wild " got be hiking up mountains and camping which led to me meeting my now wife and I think this book will have be running to God knows where..inspiring stuff.

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