The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.
Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.
In his new book, Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Iron War goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world’s two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed.
Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.
©2011 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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I had no problems with the substance and story of the book. Although I think my being an active age group triathlete helps to make the book more interesting than it would be to someone who has never been kicked in the face during an open water swim! The two protagonists are interesting people and their achievements, which are related in the book, are phenomenal.
On the other hand, the narration is just off. One of the worst of any audiobook I have listened to in 20 years (including back in the audio cassette days). The best way I can describe the narration is that it seemed like the book was narrated by Cruella DeVille. Seriously, listen for yourself.
Unusual to find books on triathlon
The actual race account
Someone who speak normally instead of just reading the book
IronWar is perfect
I really didn't think I'd enjoy a book lasting so long about one race. However this is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. What amazing athletes!! Interesting to wonder what could have Dave Scott could have produced if Mark Allen hadn't trailed him all day up to the marathon. I'm not taking away from the athletic ability but he didn't do the same work and worked the system better.
"what! is the narrator for real?"
the whole story
the race, it all about the race.
NO! please no.
The toughest endurance race of all time!!!
Inspiring, I'm already running, swimming and back on the bike. that's how good it is, listen at your own risk.
"Great Story difficult Narration"
Yes, id recommend reading it though unless they are in the car a lot as the narration isn't at all enjoyable
loved the whole story
Less forced narration
The Title covers that
The Narration is the big downside of a great book
Having listened to A Life Without Limits which mentions the 'Iron War' between Dave Scott and Mark Allen I was looking forward to hearing their story. I am less than 5 minutes in and the overly precise, forced pronounciation of each and every word will turn listening to this into an endurance event in itself.
I still want to know what happened in the Iron War but I'll have to buy the actual book.
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